Menopause Headaches and Dizziness

Quick Fact:
Dizziness can be directly or indirectly related to the changes associated with menopause. Dizziness could be caused by the changes in the body or from medication being taken to relieve the other menopause symptoms.

Headaches and dizziness can be a common but little known symptom of menopause. While in a majority of cases dizziness will pass and headaches can be relieved with a simple aspirin, intense forms of either symptom can be disturbing. Dizziness can be directly or indirectly related to the changes associated with menopause. Therefore,  the causes of dizziness might be connected to the changes in the body or result from medication being taken for other menopause symptoms. Menopause headaches and dizziness can be difficult to manage and should be treated with a great deal of caution. Read over the following paragraphs, which outline the headache and dizziness symptoms and treatments during menopause.

What do I Experience Menopause Headaches and Dizziness?

Dizzy woman: lower levels of estrogen cause headaches in menopausal womenMenopause headaches and dizziness are typically related to the body's estrogen levels. The lower the level of estrogen, the worse the menopause headaches tend to be and fluctuating hormones can produce spells of dizziness. As a result, when a woman goes through menopause and experiences the fluctuating hormone levels which accompany this period, headaches and dizziness can be quite common. The role of the hormone estrogen in headaches also helps to explain why some women experience headaches in the days leading up to their periods, or during the middle of the menstrual cycle when a woman is ovulating.

What Other Factors can Provoke Headaches and Dizziness?

Quick Fact:
Dizziness is often a more frustrating problem than it is life threatening, but in some cases it may indicate a more serious underlying health concern. For example, sudden feelings of dizziness or vertigo whilst driving could easily cause an accident. For this reason, it is important for a woman not to overlook this menopause symptom and instead but appropriate solutions to help.

Every woman will experience headaches and dizziness differently. However, women who experience headaches during their normal menstrual periods tend to experience them during menopause as well. Factors such as noise, light and stress can also provoke both headaches and dizziness.

Dizziness can occur when there are changes in the blood vessels of the nervous system caused by reduction of estrogen levels. If this is the case, the sufferer will probably also experience hot flashes and night sweats.

What can I do About Menopause Headaches and Dizziness?

Quick Fact:
Women experiencing dramatic hormone fluctuations can suffer from panic attacks, which often include dizziness. In addition to physical causes, there are some medications that could be responsible for the symptoms. A woman should check with her medical practitioner to make sure she is not taking the wrong medication or are in fact suffering from something more serious, such as a tumor.

While there is no one panacea for curing or preventing dizziness and headaches, there are definitely things that can be done to minimize or even avoid their occurrence. The first step involves isolating the triggers of headaches and dizziness (stress for example) and trying to reduce or eliminate these.

The importance of a healthy diet and exercise regime cannot be underestimated in helping to regulate hormone levels. Regulating these levels is important as it is often their imbalance which leads to headaches and dizziness during menopause.

Soy: contains phytoestrogens and helps to regulate estrogen naturallyA woman is advised to eat healthily, but also to eat regularly. It is also important to include soy in your diet, which contains phytoestrogens and can help to restore estrogen your body is losing naturally. There are also many alternative medicines that can help stabilize hormone levels naturally and thus reduce the incidence of menopause headaches and dizziness.

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