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Menopause mind fog—it’s real, it’s normal, and it’s temporary

by Margery Gass | Sep 12, 2012
Mood, memory, and menopause really are linked. A memory study recently published in the NAMS journal Menopause showed that women approaching menopause who thought they were having memory problems really did perform worse on tests of attention, working memory, “encoding” (the process of making a memory), and verbal skills and they had more symptoms of depression, anxiety, and sleep disturbance than women who said they didn’t have a lot of memory problems. The women who had lower levels of estrogen were the ones who struggled especially with memory encoding. But take heart, the fog will lift. A National Institutes of Health-funded study of thousands of women as they went through menopause showed that the memory problems are worse right before menopause and improve after menopause.


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