Have you ever felt lightheaded, jittery, off-kilter, imbalanced, disoriented, weak, queasy, or dizzy? Is it as if the world around you is spinning or whirling? Dizziness and/or vertigo episodes can be highly upsetting and disturbing to your daily routine, even if they only last a few seconds at a time. And if they hit at the wrong time, they could even be harmful, increasing your chances of falling or being involved in an accident. This may be because your body is going through menopause, and menopause can cause dizziness.
What Causes Dizziness?
There are three main balance control systems in the human body. The eyes, inner ears, and your sensory nerves. There is a risk of dizziness or vertigo if any of these balance control systems isn’t working properly. Symptoms are almost certain if two or more systems are malfunctioning or the brain is unable to appropriately process their messages.
Furthermore, Hormonal changes can alter the body’s balance control systems, as well as create or contribute to other symptoms that can make you feel dizzy or vertigo. Among the symptoms are:
- Hot flashes
- Low Blood Pressure
- Low Blood Sugar
- Heart Problems
The good news is though that while menopause causes dizziness, it can also be controlled.
How to Manage Dizziness During Menopause
There are typically three ways you can manage dizziness during menopause: lifestyle changes, trigger avoidances, and hormone therapy.
Lifestyle Changes: One way to manage dizziness during menopause is through simple lifestyle changes. Menopausal dizziness can be exacerbated by poor nutrition, dehydration, and inactivity. Dizziness can be considerably reduced for many women by resolving these concerns through lifestyle modifications. Begin by increasing your intake of fruits and vegetables. Fruits and vegetables, in addition to being high in nutrients, also contain a lot of water, which helps you stay hydrated. Exercises that target the upper body and head, as well as vision-improving eye exercises, will help you improve your balance and reduce dizziness.
Trigger Avoidances: Standing up too quickly, consuming too much salt, smoking, and not getting enough sleep can all cause dizzy episodes. Dizziness and vertigo can be decreased by avoiding these types of triggers.
Hormone Therapy: Dizziness can be caused by a drop in estrogen during menopause, which affects the blood vessels and nerve system, as well as treating symptoms like hot flashes, anxiety, and insomnia. Hormone replacement treatment can help ease all of these symptoms by safely restoring optimum estrogen and other hormone levels in the body.
When You Should See A Specialist?
Most women do not need to see a doctor to alleviate dizziness during menopause. If you’re experiencing other symptoms like dizziness, chest discomfort, difficulty breathing, changes in speech or vision, or hearing loss, you should consult a doctor because your dizziness could be caused by anything other than hormone reduction.
Contact US Womens Medical Center to learn more about how hormone replacement treatment can help with dizziness and other menopause symptoms.