CogniFit's Science blog: Menopause And Memory Loss

Menopause And Memory Loss

There is a new study that confirms what many women already know. Women do suffer from memory loss or brain fog while going through menopause. The study was published in the journal menopause and was conducted by the North American Menopause Society.

Scientists at the University of Rochester and the University of Illinois have also corroborated the studies findings. The study not only confirmed the problem many women already knew to be true but it also provided some explanation as to why this memory loss occurs during menopause.

The tests looked at things like attention span over time as well as the brains ability to manipulate new information. The study also too into account common menopause symptoms such as depression, anxiety, hot flashes and difficulty sleeping. They also measured and documented hormone levels of the woman in the study.

The women who had noticed they had memory loss or a foggy memory did poorly on tests designed to gauge their working memory. An example of the tests would include things such as adding numbers in your head or adjusting an itinerary or schedule. It also looked at attention span issues such as driving on a long trip or reading a long book.

Although the women showed cognitive decline with things that require more attention simple tasks did not seem to be affected. Things such as remembering your list at the store or a phone number were still easy for the women to process and remember. The memory loss did not affect these simple tasks.

The study also did not find any link between hormone levels and memory loss. The doctors noted that those who had memory loss were generally more prone to other symptoms of menopause including sleep issues and anxiety. Science is just catching up to a fact that woman have known all along.

Dr. Weber who conducted this study said women may find it help to repeat new information out loud which will help you hold on to the information longer. By training your brain regularly, you can make it easier to remember and manipulate new information.

In conclusion just like fatigues, hormones and hot flashes are part of menopause so is memory loss. Now that the scientific field has validated that it is real there is room for the research to start looking at ways to make the decline less steep.