Common Causes of Dizzy Spells in Women

As a former blond, I've heard just about every "dizzy blond" joke on the planet. Believe me, it was a mercy that I turned gray at a fairly young age. Being blond, despite the jokes, is not a cause of dizziness. Some causes are related to gender, though a thorough checkup should be done before you can assume it's simply because of hormonal problems.

Not Gender Specific

Ear Infection: While we don't tug at our ears like a baby, dizziness is often a sign of an ear infection. There will be other symptoms to watch for, including a sore throat and possibly a runny nose. Doctors don't always prescribe antibiotics for this problem, as most can resolve by themselves.

Middle Ear Damage: Your sense of balance is maintained by your middle ear. If there is damage to it, such as a ruptured ear drum, you may feel like you're on a rocking boat. If the damage is permanent, you may need some medication or therapy to deal with the constant sensation.

Low Blood Pressure: Standing up quickly can be a real problem if you have low blood pressure. Many falls occur for this reason. It's not a good idea to try to cause your blood pressure to go up on your own. Your doctor can give you instructions or medications to help with this problem. One piece of advice you will definitely be given is to use care when you go from sitting/lying to standing. Do it slowly and hold on to something.

Low Blood Sugar: While most of the people with this problem have some sort of blood sugar issue such as diabetes, it can happen to anyone if they don't eat enough, the right foods and/or at the right time. It is recommended that you eat six small meals per day in order to keep sugar numbers at the right level.

Gender Specific

All of the conditions that cause dizziness for women are hormone related. It starts with the menstrual cycle and can get worse during pregnancy. Even menopause can create problems, as your body shuts off the hormones prevalent during the child bearing years.

There are treatments available to help you deal with this sensation. Naturally, the treatment depends on an accurate diagnosis. If you feel dizzy for a prolonged period of time, it's a good idea to see your doctor. He or she can prescribe medications or instruct you on exercises to mitigate the problem.

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