Did You Know?
Dizziness is one of the most common complaints for which American adults seek medical attention.
Dizziness is a general term used to describe transient sensations of lightheadedness, imbalance, and disorientation. Dizziness can be triggered when a person sits or stands up too quickly, is sick, dehydrated, or is not 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 temporarily debilitating.
Medical terms for dizziness include vertigo, or feelings of spinning or whirling; disequilibrium, or feeling unstable 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. The following graphic provides an anatomical explanation of how balance is controlled in the body.
Episodes of dizziness can be characterized a number of signs and symptoms. Please keep reading to learn about the symptoms of dizziness during menopause.