MEMORY LOSS OR 'BRAIN FOG'
Familiar faces whose name you can't quite recall, and lost keys, glasses and phones you just put down… memory lapses aren’t unusual for women going through menopause but boy, are they infuriating!
“Forget Me Nots” Patrice Rushen’s 1982 disco ditty, reminds us of the infuriating moments of menopausal memory loss!
Oestrogen contributes to brain functions including language, memory, and concentration. But when we hit perimenopause, oestrogen levels run low, which may explain why we struggle to recall a word, remember a name, or follow instructions. This can be discombobulating. And as other menopause symptoms kick in, such as hot flushes, mood swings, night sweats, and insomnia, general tiredness and fatigue may add to short-term memory lapses, or brain fog.
And the good news is….
Your memory should improve! A 2016 Harvard University study looking at memory, ageing and menopause, found that although women between the ages of 45-55, performed less well in memory tests than women of other ages, postmenopausal women performed as well as premenopausal women. There’s a light at the end of the foggy tunnel!
The best ways to deal with menopause memory loss and brain fog
Staying active, getting enough sleep, and keeping your brain neurons firing, will all help to deal with what can be an anxiety-inducing symptom.