2. Brain Fog
Forgot where you parked your car, or what you went into the other room to get? Are you finding it impossible to stay on task? Remember a common word? You’re not alone. Brain fog is all part of the cognitive decline that happens due to decreased estrogen and other hormones in menopause. Poor sleep patterns as discussed above can also be to blame. The good news is that this kind of forgetfulness or difficulty concentrating isn’t usually permanent.Try to learn a new language, master a new game, and increase your reading time – anything to challenge and keep the brain active. Most importantly, as with depression, ask your doctor to perform a full blood work up, and to suggest natural supplements that can help regulate the brain’s neurotransmitters and serotonin levels so you get better sleep.
Also associated with the drop in estrogen experienced during menopause and the resulting effects on the brain’s regulation of moods andemotion, anxiety can be a mild annoyance or a major disability. It can also interfere with sleep, which in turn begets depression and lack of energy.
Again, it is important to identify the root cause of your anxiety. Find a doctor who will take the time not only to perform the aforementioned blood analysis, but also listen to you and learn about what’s going on in your life. He or she may suggest natural supplements with ingredients known for their calming, mood-enhancing qualities, in tandem with ancillary strategies like yoga, meditation, breathing exercises and caffeine reduction.
I hope the medical community will take more and bigger strides to educate women about the “invisible” symptoms of menopause. With knowledge, we all have the power to enjoy optimal health at every stage of life.
Dr. Prudence Hall
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