Fatigue & dizziness in menopause

Updated November 21, 2016

If you are nearing menopause or are fully menopausal, it is not uncommon to have bouts of fatigue and dizziness. These are common symptoms of menopause that are the result of a change in your hormones, among other factors.

Oestrogen Deficient

The lack of oestrogen in your body can cause insomnia. The CFIDS Association of America notes that low oestrogen levels can affect the central nervous system and cause dizziness, tiredness, depression, anxiety and inability to concentrate.

Progesterone Deficient

The decrease in another female hormone called progesterone can result in imbalances that make a woman feel tired, sick and unenergized. When in adequate supply, progesterone helps boost a woman's libido and keeps her energy levels up.


Some menopausal women develop problems with their thyroid, particularly hypothyroidism, which is a sluggish thyroid, according to This can make you feel tired as well as result in hearing problems and visual disturbances.


Dizziness is also the result of a decrease in oestrogen and progesterone levels, according to Some women describe this as vertigo, where the room is spinning around them. You can also feel as if you're going to explode, which is a symptom of hyperventilation and the result of a panic attack, feel off-balance and as if you are going to reel forward.

Fight Back

Deal with your fatigue and dizziness by eating a well-balanced diet and taking daily supplements including vitamins C, E, D and K. Drink plenty of water and consider using herbs such as wild yam and sarsaparilla, which reportedly help if you are fatigued, according to Avoid nicotine, alcohol and drugs. Try to exercise every day so that your stress level is reduced and you can sleep better.

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Cindi Pearce is a graduate of Ohio University, where she received her bachelor’s degree in journalism. She completed both the undergraduate and graduate courses offered by the Institute of Children’s Literature. Pearce has been writing professionally for over 30 years.