Menopausal Symptoms and Cognitive Problems Connected, Study Says

Jennifer E. Engen

Although hot flashes are the quintessential symptom, there are several other menopause-related symptoms, such as brain fog or memory trouble, that women may not realize are connected to their changing hormones.

A new study published January 12 in the journal Menopause found a link between menopausal symptoms, especially depression and sexual dysfunction, and cognitive performance in areas such as memory, attention, and language skills.

Memory Trouble and Other Cognitive Problems Often Aren’t Considered Menopause Related

“Often women don’t recognize these symptoms as part of menopause,” says Margaret Nachtigall, MD, a gynecologist at NYU Langone Health and a clinical assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine, both in New York City. “Because cognitive issues can develop slowly, they might not see it as related to a loss of estrogen,” she says.

2 out of 3 Women Report Cognitive Trouble During Menopause Transition

According to the Office on Women’s Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services, up to two-thirds of women in perimenopause report cognitive problems.

https://www.everydayhealth.com/menopause/menopausal-symptoms-may-be-linked-to-cognitive-performance-study-says/

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