In the Fog: Menopause & Memory
Walk into a room and forget why? Can’t place the name of a familiar person? Struggle to concentrate at work?
Meaghan Shanahan, MD, CHI Health obstetrician/gynecologist, hears those complaints and more from patients going through menopause.
“Women note bothersome symptoms, like feeling foggy and floating through the day,” she said. “It’s definitely a hot topic right now, how estrogen influences cognition. What we know is that estrogen is important for memory and learning.”
What’s not clear, yet, is how hormone therapy affects memory.
“My advice is to utilize your brain, read, do crossword puzzles,” Shanahan said. “As always, exercise is recommended.”
The good news? As menopause passes, your mind will return to normal.