How your brain can change during menopause

April 29, 2020

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How your brain can change during menopause

Brain fog and memory loss

Minor Memory Loss is a common symptom of menopause. When experienced without explanation it can feel worrying and scary. In addition to the easy-to-identify signs signalling the advent of this transition period, such as hot flushes and irritability, are other less obvious symptoms that affect your brain during menopause.

If you do find yourself losing focus or needing to rely on copious amounts of post-it notes to help you through your day, take comfort in the knowledge that this is a ‘normal’ sort of mental chaos expected during menopause. It is more about chemical processes taking place within the brain that you do not have control over.

Fluctuating oestrogen levels are responsible for changes in the brain

Brain functions, most notably memory, have been found to be affected during menopause largely thanks to the hormonal changes in the body. A less commonly known fact is how important the hormone oestrogen is to cognitive functioning and progesterone’s role in facilitating the restoration of damaged nerve cells. The shifting levels of production of these hormones is what gives rise to changes in clarity and thinking and the ability to recall information.

The speed of our cognitive processing is affected by changes in white matter that contain myelin that take place during menopause. Myelin is responsible for insulating the neurons that promote better cognitive processing.

The imbalance in oestrogen produces a domino-like effect: low moods can impact on your ability to sleep well that can cause memory problems and increased levels of anxiety. This is why it is important to support these changes in the brain by feeding it essential nutrients.

The Harmony brand offers a range of all-natural herbal supplements designed to provide relief from menopausal distress and may support cognitive abilities.