How does menopause affect the brain?

Menopause refers to the natural process whereby a woman's menstrual cycles stop permanently, marking the end of fertility. The transition to menopause, known as perimenopause, usually begins in the late 40s or early 50s. Declining levels of the hormones estrogen and progesterone during this time can affect both body and brain in various ways.

Impact on Cognition and Memory

Mood Changes

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Treatments and Lifestyle Approaches

Overall the cognitive effects of menopause appear to be subtle and variable in the short term, potentially stabilized with healthy lifestyle approaches. Many women move through this transition without major mental disruption. Staying active and socially engaged, managing stress, and getting good sleep, nutrition and exercise help the brain stay nimble. For those with more severe symptoms, check with your healthcare provider about options like customized bioidentical hormone therapy.

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