Menopause Symptoms: Memory Loss

Research findings show that women who are (and still approach) in the menopausal stage had complaints of memory loss.

Researchers at the University of Rochester Medical Center and the University of Illinois confirmed the rumor of women complaining of memory loss or forgetfulness in the menopausal stages of their life. 75 women, ranging from 40 to 60 were given a series of tests not only to validate the rumor but to also explain its occurrence.


A series of tests were conducted, including attention span over time, manipulation of new data and the ability to learn.

The subjects were also asked a number of questions about their menopausal symptoms. Blood Estrodiol and Follicle-Stimulating hormone were also measured.

The results were significant. Those who had memory loss symptoms did poorly on tests. One example includes adding numbers mentally and maintaining attention span over a long drive.

Although having memory loss problems, most women were not having a problem with recalling simpler and more common kinds of memory function. These includes tooth brushing, driving a car or remembering grocery lists.

There was also no link between hormone levels and memory loss. However, researchers have found that those who had memory problems were more prone to menopausal symptoms such as depression and anxiety.


A similar research done by Mark Mapstone Ph. D., associate professor of Neurology concluded that:

"There is really something on in the brain of a woman at this stage of her life...
  There is substance to their complaints that their memory is a bit fuzzy."

 Miriam Weber, Ph. D., the neuropsychologist at the University of Rochester Medical Center who led the research said:

"The most important thing to realize is that there are really some cognitive changes that occur during this phase in a woman's life...If a woman approaching menopause feels she is having memory problems, no one should brush it off...She can find comfort in knowing that there are new research findings that support her experience. She can now view her experience as normal."

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