Is brain fog during menopause real?

 

Women going through menopause often report memory problems or ‘brain fog’, alongside other symptoms. In this blog I take a look at the role of fluctuating hormones and their impact on the brain, and the cognitive changes that occur during this phase of life.

Menopause, symptoms and causes

Menopause marks the end of a woman’s reproductive life. In Australia, most women reach menopause between 45-55 years of age, and the change is heralded by symptoms such as hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and forgetfulness.

Menopausal symptoms are created by fluctuating levels of ovarian hormones, including oestrogen, progesterone and testosterone. Once hormones level out in the years…

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