omg the mood swings were my worst peri symptom. I got it bad. The thing that has helped the most for me in that area is 10mg of Lexapro. I have never been a fan of AD's.... but this drug has really worked.
I am 45 and have just begun peri-menopause (or just realized it!) and am having a horrible time. My mood swings are horrible...I am tense, agitated, weepy, anxious...the whole 9 yards. Did anyone else suddenly have high blood pressure at the onset of peri? Up until the Fall of last year, my blood pressure was 110/70 and then shot up to 144/92! At times it has gone down to 124/84, but still not as low as I had been. I just saw my gyn and she suggested a mild anti-depressant for the anxiety, and I have to go back and have my pressure checked next week. Just wondered if anyone else had blood pressure issues coincide with peri. Thanks!
My mood swings are awful - I can be just fine, and then wham - I'm in tears or just plan anxious about EVERYTHING. It seems to happen from mid cycle until I get my period, then I'm OK for a few days.
I mentioned this to my GYN a couple weeks ago, at my yearly exam. She likes a more 'natural' approach.
"You don't really want anti-depressant's do you?" Well I was feeling OK that day, so I agreed with her. I've been taking evening primrose oil, calcium and a multi vitamin. (on her suggestion). Sometimes it helps and sometimes not.
I think I may talk to my GP about it when I go in September. I hate to bypass my GYN in this matter, but there are day's I really need something.
I don't think perimenopause increases blood pressure.
Re Lexapro dosage, it depends. I have been as high as 15 mg during extremely stressful times (DH in hospital) and now I take 2.5 mg to 5 mg (cutting the pill into quarters or halves). It helps with the anxiety & was prescribed by both my psychiatrist and PCP.
I had no weight gain, but I'm pretty active (work out almost daily) and I watch what I eat.
i used to have awful mood swings too, but thankfully they seem to be a thing of the past now, i would guess because i'm reaching towards the end of all this and starting to come out the other end. as for blood pressure issues, i never had a problem, ever, until two years ago when for some reason it shot up, and it's only very recently and after two changes of medication that it's come down to 'normal'. i too kicked against taking meds. for it but one day a switch flicked in my mind and i thought i'd sooner take meds. everyday to get it 'normal' than have a stroke or any other related complications. i too have read that it's nothing to do with menopause but personally believe it is, too much of a co-incidence for too many women for it not to be somehow related. just my opinion.
Oh yes, mood swings, what a horrible thing to cope with! I have to say dhea helped me a lot to balance my state of mind. I'm also taking vitamine B because my gyn too is for a natural approach. But I still go up and down for no reason, although not as bad as before Dhea, and anxiety is always here to haunt me.
I want to ask for antidepressants but I'm still a bit scared at the thought of taking them.
As for the hbp, three years ago, and for a couple of years, my bp switched from 115/70 to 140/85. Now has gotten back to a sort of normal, but never as low as before.
Going to bed before my breasts explode! Pmsing for the last seven days and still no sign...
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My gyn recommended that I take Lexapro (10 mg) to help with my anxiety. It's hard to tell if all of my symptoms are related or not...the high blood pressure, the anxiety, the insomnia, etc. I also think the hbp seems to be awfully conicidental in it's timing for it not to be related to peri-menopause. Then again, I guess it doesn't really matter why. Whatever the cause, it has to be managed. I would imagine that once I start taking the Lexapro and my anxiety level decreases, my blood pressure may get back to a more normal reading. I am also a bit afraid of taking an anti-depressant, but I am at the point that I will try almost anything if it helps me to feel better! It helps that my sister is a psychologist and is very knowledgeable about anti-depressants, and as they go, she said Lexapro is a fine choice.
hi all! i wanted to ask if peri menopause increase blood pressure, thanks!
Declining estrogen can affect your blood pressure. Like so many others my bp was low before I began peri. If you do a search, I don't think that I can mention the site here, but there are medical articles out there on this subject.