Can menopause cause nausea?

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Menopause, the natural end of menstruation in women, is most commonly associated with hot flushes. However, nausea is a rare, but not unheard of, effect. According to Dr. JoAnn Manson, professor of Medicine at Harvard Medical School, on the Everyday Health website, "Nausea is not a typical symptom of menopause . . . though it is more common than previously realised."


Nausea is more common in the stages before menopause. It is sparked by a progesterone deficiency in both premenopausal and menopausal women. This nausea, occurring in the morning much like morning sickness, can be associated with certain starchy foods, caffeine and dairy products.

Hormone Deficiency

According to Dr. Joseph Collins, on the website Your Menopause Type, "In my experience, menopause-related nausea and headaches are often related to a progesterone deficiency." It may be because progesterone opposes the action of prostaglandins, substances that increase pain and inflammation symptoms, such as headaches and nausea.

Medications and Supplements

Check with your doctor if you are taking medications, as these may interfere with menopause and cause nausea. High intakes of iron and zinc can also lead to nausea during menopause.


Although there are medications, including hormone treatment, for nausea, natural remedies, like ginger, are recommended and help rid women of the sensation of being nauseated.

Change in Diet

Eliminating spicy and greasy foods, as well as red meat, may alleviate nausea in menopause.

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