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6 Things to Know about Dizziness during Menopause

Dizziness is a symptom of menopause and is often the result of fluctuating hormone levels during the transition. Dizziness is connected to the inner ear, which is responsible for balance. The inner ear senses movement or a change in the position of your head and communicates this change to your brain; when this is not communicated properly, it can cause dizziness. Dizzy spells are common among menopausal women. Read on for more information on six basic aspects of dizziness during menopause.

To control a dizziness episode, sit or lie down until the feeling subsides. Closing your eyes can also help.
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Identifying Dizziness

Dizziness is not a disease – it is usually a symptom of menopause or a medical condition, possibly Meniere's disease. Most menopausal women experience disequilibrium, which describes a feeling of unsteadiness and loss of balance. When this happens, you will feel like the room is spinning, or that you are spinning. It can be disorienting and even worrying at times.

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The Role of Hormones

During menopause, levels of the reproductive hormones estrogen and progesterone fluctuate and eventually decrease. This change in hormone levels causes many of the menopause symptoms women experience, including dizziness. Dizziness typically subsides once a woman enters postmenopause. If it doesn't, it may indicate a more serious health condition or could be related to certain medications.

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Symptoms

Common symptoms that go along with dizziness include feeling faint or weak, nausea, fatigue, loss of balance, and lightheadedness. Some dizzy spells last for just a few seconds, while others can last for extended periods.

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Dizziness Triggers

Dizziness frequently happens in conjunction with other menopause symptoms, such as hot flashes, night sweats, or heart palpitations. Spells of dizziness can be triggered by fatigue, irregular blood pressure, some medications, and dehydration, as well as large quantities of alcohol or tobacco.

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How to Prevent Dizziness

Dizziness usually disappears on its own and episodes are typically brief. To help prevent episodes, women can stay hydrated, develop a healthy sleep pattern, and take breaks if they spend extended periods of time in front of a computer screen or similar device. Quitting smoking, exercising regularly, and getting plenty of fresh air can also help.

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How to Manage Dizziness

The first thing to consider is safety - avoiding injuries and falls. Try to sit or lie down until the episode passes. Closing your eyes and covering your ears can also alleviate the problem. You may also consider wearing more comfortable clothing, getting enough sleep, and getting up slowly from lying down or sitting.

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Now that you know everything about dizziness during menopause, it's time to learn how to treat the root of the problem: hormonal imbalance. Click on the following link to find out how to treat dizziness.

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Sources:
  • BMJ Group. "Menopause: What is it?" Patient Leaflet. 2007.
  • Hutchinson, Susan M.D. "The Stages of a Woman's Life: Menstruation, Pregnancy, Nursing, Perimenopause, Menopause". November 2007.
  • Love, Susan M.D. Menopause and Hormone Book. New York: Three Rivers Press, 2003.