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How Peri & Post Menopause creates Vestibular Migraines

9 December 2022

Have you heard of them?

It’s a “Pain Less” Migraine.

They show up with

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Vertigo
  • Black Outs

Did you know that vestibular migraines are most common for women between the ages of 40 and 52?

They manifest largely due to the changes happening in the brain caused by the loss or progesterone, and increase in oestrogen.

The brain quite possibly experiences the largest transition during Peri-menopause and Menopause.

Progesterone is an essential soothing hormone that often has a stress reducing effect. Research shows that progesterone acts as a “stress reducing hormone” during ovulation. (There’s 100x the progesterone production to estradiol during typical menstrual cycles.)

So as women enter their late 30s and onwards, it’s very common to feel more sensitive or bothered by things that may not have bothered you so much before.

In fact, in many cases, this natural lowering of progesterone can cause an adrenal response which can make for a difficult night’s sleep – this lack of sleep compounds your uncomfortable symptoms and makes things worse for you!

How do you know if you are suffering from a vestibular migraine?

  • Dizziness (can last for hours or days)
  • Unsteadiness and loss of balance
  • Nausea
  • Sensitivity to motion
  • Intense faint feeling
  • Loss of Awareness

Some women check in to the hospital for vestibular migraines because they have a loss of awareness in their body.

How do we address vestibular migraines?

The mitochondria has some of the greatest changes in the brain during the peri/post menopause time in our lives.

We look deeper at nutrient levels to identify why the loss of progesterone is having an impact on the brain.

Migraines and/or Vestibular Migraines to us are a symptom of something out of balance.

We find it’s often triggered as a result of underlying inflammation in the gut microbiome and (like the Histamine response we spoke about last week) and it’s the body’s way of saying there is something out of whack causing imbalances of:

  • The Nervous System
  • Nutrient Depletion
  • Inflammatory Markers
  • The Adrenal System

If you have any questions or someone you love may have been complaining of similar symptoms, please share and/or feel free to reach out to us!  We offer a Free Introductory Consultation over the phone so you can actually speak to us to see how we can help.

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