Menopausal Symptoms and Cognitive Problems Connected, Study Says

Although hot flashes are the main symptom, there are several other symptoms associated with menopause such as:

A new study published in the journal January 12th menopause found a link between menopausal symptoms, particularly depression and sexual dysfunction, and cognitive performance in areas such as memory, attention and language skills.

Memory disorders and other cognitive problems are often not considered menopausal symptoms

“Often times, women don’t recognize these symptoms as part of menopause,” says Margaret Nachtigall, MD, a gynecologist at NYU Langone Health and clinical assistant professor at the NYU School of Medicine, both in New York City. “Because cognitive problems can develop slowly, they may not see this in connection with a loss of estrogen,” she says.

2 out of 3 women report cognitive problems during menopause

According to the Office on Women’s Health, a part of the Department of Health and Human Services, up to two-thirds of women in perimenopause report cognitive problems.

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