This brief article is written in a way to explain complex concepts in a simple manner. If you suffer from dizziness and nausea during your menstrual cycle, you’re not alone. Many women experience these disturbing symptoms before, and during, their period. The good news is that, in most cases, dizziness and nausea during your menstrual cycle isn’t a cause for concern, and can be managed by making some simple lifestyle changes and using some home remedies.
If you suffer from dizziness and nausea during your menstrual cycle, you’re not alone. Many women experience these disturbing symptoms before, and during, their period. The good news is that, in most cases, dizziness and nausea during your menstrual cycle isn’t a cause for concern, and can be managed by making some simple lifestyle changes and using certain home remedies.
Let’s first discuss what dizziness is – it is defined as feeling lightheaded or as though you’re going to loose your balance. Most episodes of dizziness tend to subside within a few minutes, but they can last longer.
Typical symptoms of dizziness include:
Nausea refers to a feeling of sickness with the urge to vomit. Premenstrual nausea, as well as period nausea, are two common conditions that can have a detrimental impact on your quality of life.
During the menstrual cycle, hormone levels rise and fall in an effort to prepare the lining of the uterus to thicken for ovulation and then shed if pregnancy doesn’t occur. For many women, these hormone fluctuations can really affect their body and can even exacerbate other health conditions.
Some women suffer from period headache, while others have conditions that can cause heavy bleeding, tiredness, nausea and dizziness among an array of other symptoms.
PMS occurs due to the production of progesterone and estrogen in the early stages of the menstrual cycle, prior to period bleeding. Over 200 symptoms of PMS have been identified. Common symptoms before period include breast tenderness, headaches, bloating, acne, back and thigh pain, fatigue, constipation or diarrhea, dizziness and nausea.
Many women suffer migraine attacks during their periods – these types of migraines are classified as an “episodic neurological disorder”. During a migraine attack, sufferers experience symptoms such as dizziness, nausea, sensitivity to light and sound, numbness and tingling, as well as difficulty with thinking. Initial migraine attacks usually occur around the age of 14, and this often coincides with the onset of the woman’s first menstrual cycle.
Occasionally, women may experience migraine-related vertigo and dizziness that is provoked by menstrual cycle hormonal changes.
Deficiency of vitamin B12, vitamin B6, vitamin C and/or vitamin D can lead to nausea and dizziness during period.
Fibroids can result in excessive bleeding during menstruation in some women. Excessive bleeding can lead to anemia, resulting in dizziness as well as other symptoms such as difficulty concentrating, fatigue, rapid heart beat, headaches, pale skin, leg cramps and insomnia.
Menorrhagia refers to heavy menstrual bleeding and is a common cause of iron deficiency anemia that can lead to dizziness, as well as other symptoms such as those mentioned above.
Hypoglycemia refers to low blood sugar and during the premenstrual phase of the menstrual cycle can cause dizziness and nausea. Other symptoms of hypoglycemia include fatigue, uncontrolled shaking, sweating and an intense craving for sugar.
Meniere’s disease is a complex, progressive disorder of the inner ear that is characterized by symptoms including dizziness, vertigo, tinnitus (ringing in the ear) and hearing loss. This condition can be aggravated by a woman’s menstrual cycle.
Dysmenorrhea refers to painful periods and is believed to be caused by prostaglandin production during the menstrual cycle that causes contraction of the uterus, resulting in nausea and abdominal cramping as well as headaches and possibly vomiting.
Endometriosis occurs when the cells of the lining of your uterus grow outside of the uterus. This condition can cause nausea, diarrhea, rectal pain, bloating and debilitating abdominal pain.
Hormonal imbalances during the menstrual cycle can result in the production of excess stomach acid, which can contribute to the nausea a woman may experience during their period.
Because there are so many underlying reasons why you might be suffering from dizziness and nausea before or during your period, it’s best that you keep track of your symptoms to help identify the underlying causes of your symptoms. In the meantime, however, you can some of these tips to help prevent and treat dizziness and nausea during your menstrual cycle.
Don’t let dizziness and nausea during your menstrual cycle impact your life.
Try using some of the tips mentioned in this article to get your symptoms under control so you can start enjoying your life all month long.
If these tips don’t provide relief, it may be time to book an appointment with your physician to discuss other treatment options that may be available for your condition.
Dr. Shaina McQuilkie is a practicing chiropractor based in Stoney Creek, Ontario. Dr. Shaina graduated from Brock University with a Bachelor of Kinesiology before obtaining her Doctorate of Chiropractic from D’Youville College in 2008. After graduating, Dr. Shaina worked in a multidisciplinary clinic gaining experience treating a variety of musculoskeletal conditions before deciding to open her own clinic in 2010. In addition to running her practice, Dr. Shaina has a passion for writing and works as a freelance medical writer for various clients in the medical field.