The menstrual period occurs once a month, and the cycle is governed mainly by the female sex hormones, estrogen and progesterone. Each woman's experience of her menstrual period is different - some experience intense pain, and others might feel only a mild pain or maybe even nothing at all. As well as cramps, the menstrual period can come with a range of other symptoms, including dizziness. Keep reading for more information about dizziness during the menstrual period.
Dizziness is a sensation of lightheadedness or imbalance, and it is a common symptom that can indicate many things. Most of the time, the reasons for dizziness are harmless, and if it occurs as a result of the menstrual period, it is normally short-lived and not a reason to be worried. Some of the causes of dizziness are:
- A sudden drop in blood pressure
- Decrease in blood volume
- Neurological conditions
- Side effect from medications
- Anxiety disorders
Why Do I Get Dizziness during My Menstrual Period?
Dizziness during the menstrual period can occur for a number of reasons. One reason is that the levels of hormones are rising and falling throughout this time, and this can have an effect on other areas of the body. Another reason is related to the bleeding - although women do not actually lose a lot of blood during their periods, it can nevertheless cause dizziness from the sudden drop in blood pressure that can ensue. A third reason is anemia - with the loss of blood comes a loss of iron, and lack of this nutrient has been known to cause dizziness. Read about symptoms that often accompany dizziness.
How Do I Prevent Dizziness during My Menstrual Period?
Follow these tips to prevent dizziness during menstrual periods:
- Stay hydrated. Dehydration very often leads to dizziness, and losing so much liquid during the menstrual period only increases the chances of this happening.
- Consume sources of iron. Iron loss is a big factor when it comes to dizziness during the menstrual period, and this needs to be replaced. You can top up your iron levels by taking an iron supplement or eating iron-rich foods, such as red meat, spinach, and beans.
- Reduce stress. High levels of stress can increase menstrual symptoms, like dizziness and cramps. Each woman has her own way of relaxing. Make some time for yourself to let go of stress, whether it be through meditation, yoga, reading, taking a walk, or whatever works for you.
Dizziness is a common condition and can be caused by many factors, with some women being especially prone to it during their menstrual period. For example, during menstrual period, a woman experiences hormonal fluctuations, and these can have an effect on other areas of the body, such as the part responsible for balance. However, there are a number of ways you can reduce the chances of dizziness occurring, as well as treating other complaints during menstruation. Read about preventing dizziness in the morning.
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- National Health Service UK. (2014). Periods, painful. Retrieved November 14, 2014, from http://www.nhsdirect.wales.nhs.uk/encyclopaedia/p/article/periods,painful/