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What is the Connection Between Menopause and Dizziness?

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  • Last Modified Date: 18 September 2016
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Menopause and dizziness often occur together. Menopausal women often complain of dizziness combined with other symptoms during the early years of menopause. This is caused by a dramatic shift in hormones, much like what takes place during pregnancy.

The main connection between menopause and dizziness is that many menopausal women experience dizziness at some point as one of their symptoms. This can occur with additional symptoms such as nausea, mood swings, fatigue, hot flashes, night sweats, and lowered libido. Most symptoms can be alleviated by using hormone replacement drugs or natural replacements. Women should speak with their doctors about any troublesome symptoms.

Menopause and dizziness are not always linked. There are a wide range of illnesses which may cause dizziness and some are more serious than others. Anyone who is experiencing dizziness on a regular basis or who has severe dizzy spells should consult a doctor. Most of the time it will not be a cause of concern but it is best to rule out any serious health conditions.

Doctors can test for menopause by checking for key hormones and other signs of the condition in order to determine if dizziness is likely due to hormonal changes. If the link between menopause and dizziness cannot be established, additional testing may be done. If menopause is the cause of symptoms, patients may be given a medication or advised for natural remedies which may help alleviate any discomfort.

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Dizziness is not generally dangerous, but patients who become very dizzy to the point of falling over or fainting should avoid driving and other potential dangerous activities. They should also be sure to keep their blood sugar stable and avoid doing things which may exacerbate symptoms such as becoming overheated. Stress may also make symptoms worse.

Vertigo is another symptoms which may accompany menopause and dizziness. It is a common cause of dizziness and is often described as a feeling of the “room spinning.” This generally subsides when lying down but it may continue for several minutes following. Hunching over with the head between one’s legs often helps with vertigo and related dizziness.

Dizziness is one of the most common health conditions doctors handle and there are a variety of different things which can cause it. Menopause is a natural condition which affects women in their late 40s to mid 50s. It is the process of the ovaries and other reproductive organs shutting down. Once the process is over, a woman can no longer bear children. Dizziness and other symptoms can be caused by this drastic change, but they often subside over time.

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