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Hormonal Vertigo

These gals have a reason to be a bit dizzy, but have you ever felt that way without an explanation? When females feel dizzy or have a condition called vertigo there are many possible explanations actually tied to hormones.

Experiences of vertigo may be tied to any one of these hormonal explanations or you may be experiencing Hot Flashes, or inner ear problem, medication side effects, dehydration, or just a plight of disorientation to surroundings.

Vertigo is a sensation of imbalance that usually comes on suddenly, and some people who report feeling dizzy say they feel as if everything is spinning around them, or as if they are spinning or turning themselves, if there is an actual buzzing or humming it's most likely inner ear. Others describe feeling wobbly or unsteady as if they were on a boat.

Those who have vertigo with nausea or other systemic symptoms are more likely to have a virus, or flu bug, or other medical condition that is affecting balance.And still others may describe their dizziness as a feeling of “floating”, lightheadedness or “giddiness”. and that is what we hear from women with hot flashes. They may also experience the creepy hair raising skin prickles.

Now the newest evidence is that there is a condition called hormonal vertigo that has a menstrual cycle or hormonal component. Exactly what hormonal causes vertigo hasn't exactly been worked out, but it seems to be more frequent at certain times of the menstrual cycle. Hormonal vertigo may be one of the symptoms of PMS. It may be due to low progesterone, low estrogen, or just to the hormonal shifts.

It is not always possible to determine which hormone is off kilter (pun intended!). Actually changes in testosterone, prolactin, oxytocin, thyroid, as well as the other pituitary hormones may produce the vertigo sensations. What some women are calling 'hormonal imbalance' may be imbalance, premature menopause, not yet diagnosed PCOS, cortisol problems, or thyroid disorder.

All reasons to consult your gyno first, although there are some good discussions of this on line.

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