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Overcoming brain fog

“When is her birthday?” “Where did I put the keys?” Memory problems strike many menopausal women, but whether the forgetfulness is caused by menopause, aging or something else isn’t always clear.

Studies show that estrogen can have a positive effect on memory, and estrogen levels drop during menopause. Some research has shown that estrogen therapy can boost short-term memory, even in Alzheimer’s disease.

No matter the reason for your fog, try these techniques to combat it:

  • Focus on details. It may be easier to remember things, like whether you turned off the stove, if you slow down and concentrate on what you’re doing.
  • Exercise your brain. Stay sharp by learning new things (current events, foreign languages). Test your recall of friends’ birthdays or phone numbers.
  • De-stress. Menopausal memory problems may be linked to stress, as women often care for children and elderly parents. Ease up your schedule, take time to relax and see a sleep specialist if you’re still not sleeping.