Dizziness is one of those symptoms of menopause which isn’t really talked about or linked to Menopause, although it is quite common. In fact I spent two years going back and fourth to my GP with the most awful dizzy spells and not getting any answers. It was only when I started working towards my qualification in Menopause that dizziness was highlighted as a symptom. Interestingly research has not come up with a link to menopause, it may be as a result of other symptoms or just the aging process.
The Research did link certain changes linked with the menopause to dizziness
Hormones play an important role in balancing your blood sugar levels. Hormone changes during menopause affect how your body responds to insulin. That makes it hard for your body to keep your blood sugar stable. Changes to blood sugar levels can make you dizzy.
Middle ear changes
Changes in female hormones are known to affect your inner ears, which are critical to your sense of balance. Some women report changes in balance, sinuses, and hearing before menstruation. It’s possible that hormonal changes during menopause may also affect your ears.
Fatigue is a common symptom during menopause and can lead to dizziness. It’s hard for your body to function at its best if you feel exhausted.
According to one research study, women who experience hot flushes were more prone to episodes of vertigo (a spinning sensation) than women who don’t have hot flushes.
Nervous and cardiovascular systems
Research has also found changes in your oestrogen levels can affect your cardiovascular and nervous systems. You can easily get dizzy when either or both of these systems aren’t properly functioning.
People are more likely to experience vertigo as they age, more so for women than men. One research study found vertigo to be just as common in women aged 40 to 59 with menopause as those without. That means that dizziness may be a symptom of aging, not menopause. More research is needed to better understand this connection and why vertigo is more common in women than men.
In some women, migraines may increase incidences of dizziness. Migraines and dizziness are two of the most common complaints among women in the early stages of menopause. The changes in hormones during perimenopause can trigger migraines. If you have a history of migraines, this may result in an increase in frequency of migraines.