Reduced cognitive function is associated with the menopausal transition. Cognitive decline can affect many aspects of our life including our work life. Our own research looking at women in the workplace has shown that 43% of menopausal women experience memory issues while at work.
Across all cultures, 34-62% of women experience menopause-related memory changes which often mimic the symptoms associated with early signs of dementia. These changes can seem worrying but are a natural symptom of the perimenopause and menopause.
Equally, other symptoms such as sleep impairment and hot flushes may lead to cognitive decline meaning that oestrogen deficits may not be solely to blame for cognitive decline in post-menopausal women. Insomnia affects between 9 and 15 per cent of the general population, but in postmenopausal women the proportion can be as much as 63 per cent. Conditions such as insomnia, therefore, can lead to cognitive impairment and affect our memory.
Read more about ‘Menopause and insomnia: Sleeping problems during the menopause’
You can check your health as you transition through the menopause with a simple at-home blood test. Check changes in hormones with our perimenopause check or our more comprehensive menopause health check which includes bone and cardiovascular risk indicators.