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Is Dizziness a Symptom of Menopause?

written by: Rochelle Connery • edited by: Diana Cooper • updated: 10/25/2010

If you are experiencing dizziness, menopause symptoms might be the cause of your discomfort. Dizziness and menopause often go hand in hand. Although dizziness itself might not be detrimental, it can be a sign of another underlying condition.

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    What Causes Dizziness During Menopause?

    Dizziness, also called vertigo, is a sensation where women feel imbalanced or disoriented when standing up or walking. It may be as simple as a little lightheadedness, or it could create a feeling of spinning, swimming or even blacking out.

    Dizziness is not uncommon during menopause. According to Vanderbilt University, dizziness often accompanies hot flashes and feelings of weakness. Women who get dizzy during menopause might also suffer panic attacks, blurred vision and night sweats.

    Dizziness during menopause is often not a symptom in and of itself. According to HealthGuidance.org, dizziness is often brought on by tinnitus, another common affliction experienced in menopause.

    Tinnitus brings on internal ear annoyances like ringing, buzzing, white noise and a feeling of fullness in the ear canal. Since the ears are vital in maintaining balance, such anomalies in the ear may bring on the unwanted effects of imbalance leading to dizziness and feeling faint.

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    Menopause Remedies May Cause Dizziness

    Certain remedies for menopause may have a tendency to ignite other symptoms you might not have previously experienced. If you are taking the following remedies, they might be contributing to feelings of vertigo.

    Black Cohosh: Black cohosh is probably the first remedy women think of when they hear “menopause relief." We hear about it on television and read about it online and in medical journals. But black cohosh may cause dizziness when you take it to improve your other menopause symptoms.

    Clonidine: Sometimes useful in treating hot flashes, Clonidine is often known for creating feelings of dizziness. Even though dizziness can accompany hot flashes on its own without the help of remedies, it still may occur when taking this pill.

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    How to Cope with Dizziness During Menopause

    There are many ways to deal with feelings of dizziness. Menopause relief remedies can sometimes fend off such symptoms and even treat other menopausal effects as well, but lifestyle changes are more likely to help get rid of menopause-related dizziness than anything else.

    Stabilize Yourself: If you begin to feel dizzy, sit down for a few minutes and rest. Remaining in a standing position is not likely to help you regain stability.

    Eat Regularly: Skipping meals might cause feelings of dizziness. Maintain a healthy eating schedule by eating three meals each day. Supplement in between meals with small meals or healthy snacks.

    Perform Relaxing Exercises: HealthGuidance.org recommends that women perform some sort of physical exercise that is not strenuous on their bodies. Tai chi, Pilates and yoga are often the most recommended exercises for such purposes. These movements may help women regain balance without relying on medicine or internal supplements.

    Phytoestrogen Supplements: Herbs such as Macafem are non-estrogen herbs that promote natural hormone replacement within the body. If phytoestrogen supplements such as black cohosh don’t work or causes dizziness, macafem might be a good alternative.

    Ginseng: Ginseng is said to improve many symptoms of menopause, including hot flashes, dizziness, bad moods and sleeplessness. Although not all women can take ginseng, it is a popular option for those who can.

    Sources:

    Healthguidance.org: Menopause and Dizziness

    Merck: Menopause

    Vanderbilt University: Ginseng and Menopause Symptoms

    34 Menopause Symptoms: Dizziness Treatments