One of the more common symptoms of perimenopause is dizziness. Many women report feeling sensations of imbalance, feeling disoriented all of a sudden, or feeling lightheaded. Like the many other symptoms, perimenopause dizziness is also caused by the hormone imbalance of estrogen in the body. The fluctuating levels of estrogen can affect the flow of blood, and this can result in dizziness.
Apart from the hormonal causes, other symptoms of perimenopause can trigger an episode of perimenopause dizziness. These trigger symptoms include anxiety, hot flashes, migraine, and panic feelings. There are also other causes for dizziness which are not related to perimenopause. Usually these are pre-existing conditions that the woman had prior to entering perimenopause. These include low blood pressure, low blood sugar, use of strong medication, viral infections, heart problems, dehydration, and the flu.
Episodes or perimenopause dizziness usually last a few seconds to a minute, which are quick, but some women report longer periods of dizziness in which they have to stop what they are doing and simply sit and wait for the sensation to pass. Because perimenopause dizziness can disturb a woman's daily routine, and sometimes place her in a scary situation (imagine if you suddenly felt dizzy while driving) it is important to address this symptom.
If you have been having or have had episodes of dizziness, it is important to determine what is causing it. Though you may be having other perimenopausal symptoms, not all episodes of dizziness have to do with perimenopause. Very often, dizziness points to other more serious conditions, especially if they are accompanied with fainting, changes in speech or vision, trouble breathing or hyperventilation, convulsions, hearing problems, and/or numbness.
So, you should first speak to a doctor to rule out other causes of dizziness. You may be having ear problems or a balance disorder. However, if your doctor believes that your episodes of dizziness are being caused by your perimenopause, then it is important to change certain habits or factors in your lifestyle.
Many times perimenopause dizziness can be alleviated by eating healthily, keeping yourself well hydrated, and exercising around two to three times a week. Sometimes eye exercises and balance exercises can help as well. Other women who suffer from perimenopause dizziness claim that natural medicine remedies, such as acupuncture have helped them.
Before going ahead and trying to “cure” your perimenopause dizziness yourself, though, be sure you see your doctor first. This can be important in ruling out the causes of your dizziness. If it is being caused by something else, your doctor will probably want you to follow a different treatment program.
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