Balance in Transition: Unraveling the Link Between Menopause and Vertigo

Cureus. 2024 Apr 29;16(4):e59277. doi: 10.7759/cureus.59277. eCollection 2024 Apr.


The onset of menopause, marked by hormonal fluctuations and a decline in estrogen levels, is suggested to be linked to increased susceptibility to vestibular disturbances. Estrogen, beyond its established association with reproductive physiology, plays modulatory roles in various physiological systems, including neurosensory function. The vestibular system, crucial for balance and spatial orientation, is influenced by hormonal changes during menopause, potentially contributing to the emergence of vertigo symptoms. This interplay between hormones and the vestibular system is a burgeoning area of research with clinical implications, offering insights into novel diagnostic and therapeutic approaches for managing postmenopausal women with vestibular disorders. The article reviews current scientific literature, delves into the hormonal intricacies of menopause, and investigates potential mechanisms underlying the connection between hormonal fluctuations and vertigo symptoms.

Keywords: menopause; obstetrics & gynecology; sex hormones; vertigo; vestibular disorders.

Publication types

  • Review