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Normal Blood Pressure Range for Women

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author image Jeanne Troncao, MS, LMT
Jeanne Troncao has been practicing massage since 1996 and began writing health-related articles in 2010. She is a marriage and family therapy intern and director of a massage school and clinic. Her articles can be found in "Bakersfield's Wellness Quarterly." She holds a Master of Science degree in counseling psychology and a Bachelor of Arts in English from California State University, Bakersfield.
Normal Blood Pressure Range for Women
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Normal blood pressure for women is the same as for everyone else. However, women experience physiological changes that may cause the blood pressure to increase or decrease.

Normal Range

According to highbloodpressureinfo.org, the normal range for blood pressure for everyone is 120/80 mmHg or lower. For women, this may vary depending on menstruation and pregnancy.

Natural Changes

Blood pressure in women may increase or decrease during pregnancy. Post-menopausal women may have a blood pressure increase of up to 5 mmHg due to the reduced levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone. Highbloodpressureinfo.org indicates studies have been inconclusive about whether or not blood pressure increases during the menstrual cycle.

Other Factors

Lifestyle such as diet, stress, consumption of drugs and exercise can affect blood pressure. Additionally, family history or genetics, is another factor that determines blood pressure.

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