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When I get my period, I usually have a spell of blacking out for about an hour or two. How can I curb this?

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When I get my period, I usually have a spell of blacking out for about an hour or two. How can I curb this?

There are a number of reasons why someone can have a fainting episode or a vasovagal episode during their period. If you have a very painful period, those pain signals can change reflexes in our body and one of those changes is a drop in blood pressure which can bring on a fainting episode. Taking antiinflammatory medication to curb your period pain may help reduce your chance of fainting. If you have a heavy period, blood loss can also reduce your blood pressure which can trigger a vasovagal episode. Lastly, hormonal fluctuations in our cycle can cause hypoglycemia or lowered sugar levels which could potentially be a trigger as well. No matter the reason if you are having fainting episodes during your period please see your primary care provider to assess these symptoms and come up with a treatment plan.

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