Establishing Link Between Menopause and Dizziness
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Can Menopause Cause Dizziness?
Dizziness is a wide term that encapsulates the feeling of faintness or disorientation. However, the exact cause of this is unclear. However, the studies conducted until today show that hormonal changes during menopause are to be blamed for it.
Estrogen and progesterone are two of the many hormones that bring about changes in a woman’s body during menopause; therefore, they are the reason behind most of the signs that show up. Any sort of fluctuation in their levels can affect blood circulation and vessels that show up in the form of episodes of instability.
While most of the time, dizziness may be directly a sign; however, other symptoms like anxiety, hot flashes, or stress can induce an episode as well.
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Menopause and Vertigo
Vertigo is a specific form of dizziness that presents itself in the form of movement sensation even when the person is stationary. Around 40% of adult residents of the US experience vertigo at least once, with women slightly more than men.
While menopause may be linked with dizziness, one type is benign paroxysmal positional vertigo (BPPV). It is an inner ear disorder where any change in head position triggers a sudden room-spinning response.
Perimenopausal women are prone to develop BPPV because of hormonal fluctuations and osteoporosis. Additionally, just like BPPV, menopausal women are highly likely to suffer from Meniere’s disease. In this condition, abnormal fluid buildup in the ear triggers vertigo.
Managing The Dizzy Spells
Typically, they are short-term and manageable with simple strategies. Here’s what you can do during an episode:
- Find a chair or bed and close your eyes.
- Try turning off the lights if you can.
- Use over-the-counter anti-nausea medications.
- Drink water and keep up with adequate hydration.
Other than that, a significant change in lifestyle during menopause is essential for avoiding those dizzy spells. Some of the changes include:
- Less intake of caffeine
- Avoid alcohol
- Steer clear of tobacco and related products
- Reduce sodium and sugar intake
Another less talked about issue is stress; adequately managing it is another way of preventing dizziness. If anxiety or migraines serve as the trigger of your symptoms, some stress-reducing activities such as meditation, sleep, or gentle exercise are beneficial.
When to See a Doctor?
Fortunately, this condition is mostly short-term and easily controllable; if it is persistent or recurrent, medical intervention is necessary.
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Establishing the relationship between menopause and dizziness is essential for effective menopause management. By combining medical help with lifestyle adjustments, it is possible to improve your quality of life. At Lewisville Women’s Care, our expert, Dr. Munira Dudhbhai, MD, FACOG, certified with the American Board of Obstetrics and Gynecology, always prioritizes open communication, so consider us just a call away to help you with your menopause journey. Call us at (972) 956-8008 to schedule an appointment today.