Memory and Menopause

by Tamara Hanson on April 17, 2017

Can menopause affect memory?

According to a study published in The Journal of Neuroscience, memory can change when women reach menopausal age. The study indicates that when levels of estradiol (a natural estrogen that is a primary sex hormone that declines during menopause) are low, there are significant changes in the hippocampus.

The study indicates that postmenopausal women who had higher levels of estradiol had greater memory performance, as well as increased brain activity similar to that of premenopausal women.

The study is indicative of the important role of sex and aging, and the necessary role of primary sex hormones for increased memory function during menopause.

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