Dizziness

Dizziness and Vertigo

These can be extremely unsettling even after the sensation has passed.

dizziness

What does dizziness in menopause feel like?

The sensation of dizziness for menopausal women can be a feeling that everything is spinning, a loss of balance or feeling as if you are going to faint. It may occur as the result of another menopause symptom such as a panic attack or anxiety, where your breathing and heart rate levels become rapid, disturbing the flow of blood and oxygen to the brain.

Why does menopause cause dizziness?

The exact cause of dizziness during menopause is unclear but as with so many of the other symptoms of menopause it would appear it is linked to the hormonal changes that occur during menopause.

As the level of the female hormones estrogen and progesterone change they can have an effect on circulation and blood vessels. The resulting fluctuations in blood pressure can cause dizziness. So too can some of the other symptoms of menopause such as hot flushes, anxiety and panic attacks which also stem from hormonal imbalances.

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Post-menopause


This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.

Perimenopause

Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.