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Is lightheadedness a symptom of menopause? I have had very bad hot flashes recently with the weather being so hot and started experiencing the lightheadedness.

Lightheadedness is not a typical symptom of menopause. As you stated in your question, you have had severe hot flashes and since it is the season of summer, perhaps, you are dehydrated. It is important that you drink enough fluids (not including caffeinated beverages) throughout the day to remain hydrated.

Please see your physician for an evaluation to be assured there aren’t other reasons for your lightheadedness.

A good book on menopause is the Cleveland Clinic Guide to Menopause, by Dr. Holly L Thacker. Hope this helps!

July 22, 2011 at 5:19pm