Dizziness during MenopauseDizziness

While not as well-known as hot flashes or irregular periods, dizziness is a common symptom of menopause caused by hormonal fluctuations. Many menopausal women report bouts of dizziness and vertigo, which may or may not be associated with other menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes and anxiety.

What is Dizziness?

Dizziness is a non-specific term used to describe transient sensations of lightheadedness, imbalance, and/or disorientation. Dizziness can come on when a person sits or stands up too quickly, is sick, dehydrated, or isn’t eating properly.
Episodes of dizziness common to menopause are often short-lived, lasting only seconds in duration. Nonetheless, these episodes can be disturbing and sometimes even debilitating.

According to medical experts, it is one of the most common complaints for which adults seek medical attention.

Medical terms include vertigo, or feelings of spinning or whirling; disequilibrium, or feeling instable and off-balance; and pre-syncope, which is characterized by faintness and is typically cardiovascular-related.

Dizziness with vertigo often happens when one or more of the body’s balance control centers are malfunctioning.

Dizziness Symptoms

Symptoms can come on at anytime of day. While most symptoms of it last seconds, they can make a person feel out of sorts for an extended duration and can sometimes impede on daily functioning.
While most people who experience dizziness are familiar with these symptoms, many do not understand the causes. Understanding the common causes can be the first step in learning how to avoid or manage these troubling episodes.

Causes of Dizziness

During menopause, the root cause of dizziness is often changes in hormone levels. Dizziness can also be related to other symptoms of menopause. In rare cases, dizziness during menopause can indicate a more serious condition.

While these cases are very rare, it is wise to be informed of all the possible causes of dizziness, further outlined below.
One’s sense of balance and equilibrium depends on the proper functioning of at least two of the body’s three balance control centers: the eyes, ears, and sensory nerves.
If the brain can’t process all of the information from these centers, the messages are contradictory, or these systems are not working properly, a person can experience dizziness and/or loss of balance and equilibrium.

Low blood pressure and other cardiovascular system changes can also lead to dizziness.

Hormonal Causes

Changing levels of estrogen during menopause can produce changes in the blood vessels and nervous system, which can cause bouts of dizziness.

Menopausal Causes

Other menopausal symptoms can also cause a woman to feel dizzy.

These include:

  • Hot flashes
  • Migraine
  • Ear problems
  • Anxiety and panic disorder

Other Causes

  • Low blood pressure
  • Dehydration
  • Low blood sugar (hypoglycemia)
  • Arthritis (especially of the cervical spine)
  • Medication use
  • Cold and Flu
  • Viral infection
  • Heart problems
  • Stroke

 The best treatment for Menopausal Symptoms is: