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Common symptoms of the menopause – memory loss

Memory loss is a common symptom of the menopause. But many women do not realise that it is the fluctuating hormones during the perimenopause phase that causes this unsettling symptom.

How Common Is Memory Loss During The Menopause

Memory loss and reduced cognitive function is associated with the menopausal transition known as the perimenopause. 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.

What Causes Memory Loss During The Menopause?

The lack of focus and concentration can result due to a drop in oestrogen levels as a woman transitions through the menopause. Other menopause symptoms such as sleep deprivation as a result of 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 memory loss. Read our Guide To Menopause Symptoms

Am I Going Through The Menopause?

Check changes in hormones with our perimenopause check to determine whether you have started the early phase of the menopause. Our more comprehensive menopause health check includes bone and cardiovascular risk indicators which are a health risk for menopausal women.

Menopause Health

Our menopause blood test is a health check for women who are at various stages of the menopause which can have a detrimental impact on health and wellbeing.
Menopause Health


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