Women vs. Men: Who Experience The Worst Vertigo?

Do you have a condition that sets off vertigo episodes? Are you tired of feeling like the world is spinning out of control? Do you no longer engage in the activities you used to enjoy, scared that vertigo may strike again? Do you think it's because of your biological composition? Do you ever wonder if there is a difference between how men and women experience dizzying episodes? Is there really a difference between the symptoms of vertigo in women and men? 

Here's a thought, vertigo doesn't discriminate. It can affect people from all walks of life, regardless of age, profession, and social status. Anyone can experience that spinning sensation, unsteady gait, nausea, or floating sensation. There will be days when an episode kicks in, and simple tasks like walking down the street, turning in bed, looking up, or just moving your head in a specific angle all lead to a trip to a dizzy lane. This can throw you off balance, literally. But is there really a difference between men and women when it comes to vertigo? Do women have it worse? Continue reading to know more.

Comparing Men And Women: Do They Experience Vertigo Differently?

Men and women have several differences in their bodies, including the types of hormones that make them up. When it comes to vertigo, women can have a higher chance of symptoms occurring compared to men. While the exact reasons remain unclear, experts suggest hormonal influences may be a key factor. 

Women experience different phases of their life, and a fluctuation in the levels of hormones are common, particularly during menstrual cycles, pregnancy, and menopause, which can affect the vestibular system that can influence your balance and spatial orientation. These hormonal changes may increase women’s risks for frequent vertigo episodes. 

There are cases when women report increased vertigo episodes just before their monthly menstrual cycles. Knowing these potential differences and considering the role that hormones may play in your vertigo experiences can clarify why women's vertigo episodes can be a lot more different than men's.

Migraine headaches, more prevalent in women, can often be accompanied by vertigo or dizziness. This can also be the cause of women experiencing vertigo more often.

While there's a high chance of women experiencing vertigo more, remember that men are also susceptible to vertigo and can have their unique risk factors. More conditions trigger vertigo, making it a complex symptom to attribute to gender alone.

Accompanying Symptoms Of Vertigo in Women And Men

Vertigo, despite being a symptom itself, can occur with other accompanying symptoms. The hallmark of vertigo is a spinning or whirling sensation as if the world around you is in constant motion, but this disorienting experience can be accompanied by the following:

  1. Unsteadiness or loss of balance
  2. Nausea and vomiting 
  3. Nystagmus or rapid eye movements
  4. Feelings of ringing or fullness in the ears

These accompanying symptoms can intensify the impact of vertigo, exacerbating the physical and emotional toll it takes on your well-being.

Upper Cervical Care: An Effective Vertigo Remedy that Works for Both Sexes

Sometimes vertigo comes and goes, and the culprit is an unknown misalignment in your atlas (C1) and axis (C2) neck bones. Accidents, injuries, or even poor posture can cause misalignments in these delicate bones in your upper neck area. These bones protect the brainstem, and when it's misaligned, the brainstem can potentially fail to function as smoothly as it should, disrupting the intricate communication between the brain and the body's balance system. Furthermore, compression in this area can affect fluid drainage in the head - another factor that can impact vestibular or balance function.

Seeking help from an Upper Cervical Chiropractor can help identify the severity of the misalignment and restore proper alignment and balance to stop vertigo episodes from happening. By gently adjusting the upper cervical spine, they can correct misalignments and alleviate the underlying issues contributing to vertigo. 

If you're experiencing vertigo episodes, don't hesitate to consult an Upper Cervical Chiropractor near you who can provide the proper care needed to restore balance and harmony to your body. Misalignments can happen to men and women, so getting your spine alignment checked regularly is necessary to avoid them from happening or getting worse.

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