Dizziness During Period – Causes and Remedies

Suddenly it starts to spin in your head; your blood hits your temples, you feel like someone else is managing your body, you feel like you are going to fall?

Your body doesn’t listen to you, and ground feel like is moving.

Then you are probably suffering from dizziness. Don’t be alarmed dizziness is usually not something to be worried.

True, it is unpleasant, but fortunately, it usually takes a short period and can be easily overcome with a few simple remedies.  In extreme cases, you should consult your doctor.

Causes

If you abnormally bleed during your period, give blood for analysis. You may suffer from anemia. Abdominal periods often occur in adolescence. Many do not know that the loss of large amounts of blood can lead to sideropenic anemia associated with iron deficiency.

In such cases, dizziness is often accompanied by feelings of fatigue and unconsciousness. Of course, you should talk to your doctor who will find the cause of the problem. But in most cases, the problem lies in disorder of the hormonal balance, and it can also be a consequence of fibrosis in the uterus and endometrial polyps.

The patient who experience dizziness, feel better almost immediately and after dizziness disappears, behaves quite normally. Dizziness lasts only a few seconds, and in very extreme cases takes 2-3 minutes.

Dizziness can occur for many reasons

Some women throw away meat from their diet, and after a while, they start to get tired because they feel weak and they experience dizziness. Cause: iron deficiency ( it is effortless to determine if this is your case, just do a blood test).

If everything is fine with the organism, it is possible that the problem is psychosomatic nature. Experts on psychosomatic medicine believe that dizziness indicates an issue in emotional stability.

Sometimes there is a dizzying reaction to an event that frightens us (relocation, new work, or the birth of a child). Fear that changes in our life will affect both physical and mental health. Dizziness is a fear of a fall (that is, from failure in a new situation), but also an SOS message addressed to the environment. It’s like a woman who is no longer able to respond to all the requests in her life, and she says to others: “I’m losing balance, hold me back, help me regain stability.”

In most cases it is PMS

Women around the world are very familiar with premenstrual syndrome – “PMS.” They blame it for all that mood swinging, binge eating, anxiety, sickness, weakness, and dizziness.

Imbalances are the cause of many problems associated with the menstrual cycle, and PMS is most significant. This imbalance is between sex hormones estrogen and progesterone. PMS is often worsened because women lack vitamin B6, have a bad diet or they lack physical activity. The cause can be psychological or genetic.

The premenstrual syndrome usually starts at the second half of the cycle, then the symptoms are gradually worsening and suddenly stop when bleeding starts. Symptoms occur in 5-10 days before menstruation, although the symptoms may last for several weeks.

It is estimated that every other woman experience PMS. It occurs most between 30 and 40 years of life, although it can occur at the time of puberty or premenopause. Also, studies have shown that some women who suffer from PMS almost doubled in recent years. Type and intensity of symptoms can be different in different women.

Most symptoms are fear (“anxiety”), irritability, insomnia and increased psychic sensitivity, increased appetite and a feeling of unbearable hunger, especially for chocolate and sweets, which is followed by symptoms of hypoglycemia, which include a headache, nausea, tiredness, dizziness and trembling.

Also, known symptoms are: gaining body weight, bloating, breast tension, and tissue fluid accumulation in feet and hands. In extreme cases – intense mood swings with episodes of depression, panic, fear, and suicidal intentions. Some women reported that they during PMS have herpes, rash, back pain, joint pain, allergic seizures, bladder infections and intestinal cramps.

Problem that affects everything

Not one problem, even “small” like dizziness or cramping during a period is not something to neglect. Most women just “shake off” those symptoms. They need to be treated because it affects mind, emotions, family, community and workplace relationships, etc.

The most important step in realizing that there is a problem with PMS and to start curing its symptoms.  First, there is a change in diet, lifestyle and regular exercise. Techniques of relaxation – “mind-body” techniques: like yoga and meditation.

Dizziness

Hormone levels in menstrual cycle are fluctuating so drastically so they should take the blame for dizziness during the period. Also, dizziness can be caused by inner ear imbalance, dehydration, vitamin deficiency, and stress.

Dizziness is maybe best described as feeling like you are going to lose your balance and fall (compare it to the feeling when you stand up too quickly). Most common symptoms of dizziness are fainting, blurred vision, hearing loss, headaches, difficulty speaking and walking, irregular heart rate.

Causes

1. Large amount of blood during period

In women who have regular periods (those who doesn’t have any condition or a disease), when unexpectedly abnormal menstruation occurs, the most likely cause is hormonal nature. There can be a lot more blood than usual, and women can feel weak and drained. In that kind of period, they usually feel dizziness.

Also, nearly 75 percent of women have some cyst (which are noncancerous) in the uterus, and they can increase the amount of blood during the period. Doctors sometimes prescribe contraceptive pills to regulate these problems.

2. Contraceptive Pills

Even though doctors sometimes prescribe contraceptive pills to control PMS symptoms, they also can have some side effects. That include vomiting, nausea, and dizziness.

3. Low Blood Pressure

Women who have low blood pressure are more likely to have dizziness during a period. The reason is that people with very low blood pressure (or low pulse rate) have a slower or weaker blood supply to the brain, so the person feels sleepy and most commonly have a headache and dizziness.

4. Anemia

The problem with women who have anemia is that during the period they loose even more blood and become weak, pale, and they often fill blurred vision and dizziness. Persons with anemia have low hemoglobin count that is getting lower during periods.

5. Hypoglycemia

Dizziness during your menstrual cycle can occur as a result of hypoglycemia, a condition you develop when you have low blood sugar levels. Women who are hypoglycemic experience intense sugar cravings, shaking, and perspiration. These symptoms combined with hormonal changes can often cause weakness, tissue pains and dizziness.

Important: If you experience dizziness regularly, if the symptoms become worse in time, or if you also have other symptoms like fever and vomiting, don’t hesitate- talk to your doctor.

Remedies

The good thing is that dizziness doesn’t last long and they don’t leave any consequences. To prevent dizziness, you should follow a couple of simple steps.

  1. If you feel like dizziness is about to come, you are losing balance, and your vision starts to blur – try to lie down for a few minutes. Relax, start to breathe deeply and drink a glass of water. Breathe deeply about ten minutes, inhale through the mouth and exhale through the nose.
  2. It is well known that drinking eight glasses of water per day help you stay hydrated during all day. Consuming water is also good when it comes to preventing dizziness. Always carry a bottle of water with you, especially on hot days. It is good to remember to include freshly squeezed fruit, unsweetened lemonade, soups, in your daily menu.
  3. Drink tea, not sugary fizzy drinks! When you drink sodas during your period, blood sugar levels rise and drop drastically, so you can easily faint. Try some high-quality herbal tea( like chamomile or ginger tea – they relax the body and also stops cramping). Breastfeeding mothers can drink a drop of chamomile oil in 200 ml of lukewarm water to calm the pains of the baby’s stomach. This tea can also be used to ease stomach when a woman has her period.
  4. Eat well and regularly. It is critical not to skip meals. If you skip meals, your blood pressure falls and can easily lead to dizziness and headaches. Choose Greek yogurt with some fruit (any berries is a perfect choice because they have antioxidant properties), any nuts (you can roast them or eat them raw). For extreme cases, you should opt for snack bar for fast restoration of energy levels.

Do not avoid iron in your diet. Iron can be found abundantly in the liver of some animals(chicken for example), tofu, spinach, many nuts like almonds, dates, lentils, some breakfast cereals, and asparagus. If you are a picky eater, you can take an iron supplement, after consulting with your doctor.

And in this case, it is also good to go by the old rule to eat foods that are incredibly rich in folic acid like any green leafy vegetables, peanuts, bananas, and broccoli.  If you can, avoid beverages like coffee, beer, and wine or at least try to use them in minimal quantities.

  1. Ginger is a fantastic remedy for many conditions. It is a well-known cure that can help with dizziness and nausea (these two going hand in hand). Ginger can help reduce the intensity of dizziness because it stimulates blood flow to the brain and other parts of the body. Chew small slice of fresh or ginger. If you don’t like a taste of fresh ginger, try ginger candies. Ginger tea few times a day is also a good idea. In some cases, you can even take ginger supplements.
  2. Great and powerful fruit – lemon can help you with dizziness. It is packed with vitamin c that boosts the immune system, and can quickly hydrate and energize the body. Squeeze the juice of ½ lemon into a glass of water and mix in a little sugar.
  3. Once a week try to go to massage or to give yourself one at home. Massage can help you calm your nervous system and stimulate blood circulation in your body. Going for a yoga session is also a good idea. It will help you clear your mind and body from bad thoughts and body will get its energy back. It will boost your blood levels.

Aditional tips and tricks:

If you suffer from dizziness, for any reason it is the best thing to avoid: suddenly moving and standing up suddenly,  driving a car if you experience frequent dizziness, using caffeine, alcohol, cigarettes or drugs as these substances can worsen your condition.

NOTE: In some more severe cases, symptoms of PMS, like dizziness must be treated by a doctor who needs to run some test and prescribe proper therapy. Even in those cases, the doctor often suggests patients use all of these “home remedies.”