If the hot flashes, mood swings and sleep disturbances weren't enough to deal with during menopause, just add on menopause-related memory loss.
While memory loss is a normal part of aging in both men and women, women often begin to really notice the changes during menopause, which often induces added stress during those forgetful spells.
Therefore, it is important for women to permit themselves to not be too rigid or overly concerned with the memory loss, as those behaviors can promote compulsion and anxiety.
Estrogen helps to stimulate serotonin receptors in the brain, which help with sleep, mood issues and brain clarity and processing.
Therefore, as estrogen levels drop during menopause, so do serotonin levels, in turn, decreasing brain and memory function. To help combat the memory loss that often comes with menopause, it is important for women to exercise regularly and maintain healthy, balanced diets.
This will not only help with brain function, but also help with the mood issues and weight gain that are also associated with menopause.
Memory loss becomes a more serious concern when individuals begin experiencing sudden memory loss spells known as amnestic events, such as being in a place and not remembering how you got there or not being able to recall conversations.
If this begins to occur, it is important to discuss the condition with your doctor, as you may need to be referred to a neurologist to detect and/or rule out more serious cognitive issues.
Our community is fortunate, as Cone Health offers an exceptional network of neurology services providing the best possible care for patients with neurological-related health conditions throughout the area.
Dr. Carmen Dohmeier is a neurologist at Guilford Neurologic Associates and a member of the Cone Health medical staff. Dr. Dohmeier graduated from medical school at the University of Hamburg in Germany.
She completed her residency in neurology at Ohio State University Medical Center, and fellowships in pediatric neurophysiology at Children's Hospital in Columbus, Ohio, and in sleep medicine at Wake Forest University Baptist Medical Center. She is board-certified in neurology and sleep medicine.