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Current research has determined that nearly 60 percent of women experience significant cognition issues including loss of memory, word recall, tracking in conversations, and verbal learning. Many patients report the feeling as a cloud over their thinking or a constant “brain fog.” This brain fog begins during perimenopause which lasts an average of 6 years before the last menstrual period. The symptoms intensify in the last year and persist into full menopause when hot flashes, night sweats, vaginal dryness, dry eyes, and skin join the existing symptom complex.
The optimized balance of Progesterone and Estrogen fluctuates wildly causing this full range of body and mind symptoms. while in perimenopause & menopause including “brain fog.” The brain’s center or prefrontal cortex absorbs information through your processes and senses, helping you to make rational decisions about how you should respond to the world around you.
The prefrontal cortex is full of millions of neurons that are equipped with estrogen receptors, meaning the neurons rely on estrogen production for proper function. When estrogen levels drop during menopause, this causes the prefrontal cortex’s ability to support cognitive function to reduce significantly.
It is typically recommended that you get eight 8-ounce glasses of water per day. Dehydration, even when mild, can have detrimental effects on your health and your brain function. Your brain, made up of 75 percent water, relies on water for growth, volume, and function, so it is vital to remain hydrated.
Even mild, persistent dehydration can affect your cognitive performance, causing headaches as your brain shrinks in volume from the lack of water. Without adequate hydration, you can contribute to brain fog issues while also causing an increase in depression or moodiness.
Most doctors recommend that you get at least 30 minutes of exercise each day. This can help you increase your energy levels and also help you improve your mood during menopause. Most importantly, regular exercise can help to stop brain fog while also reducing cognitive decline.
Exercise can also help to delay other age-related cognitive problems because it helps to enrich your brain with red blood cells, oxygen, and other essential nutrients that enhance brain cell function.
Eat Good Fats
Eating a diet full of unsaturated, “healthy fats” such as omega-3 fatty acids, found in whole grains, fish, beans, fruits, veggies, and nuts, can help to support your over brain function by serving the health of your cellular membrane. These fats also help to facilitate the signaling among neurons.
Hormone fluctuations and a decrease in progesterone and estrogen levels in menopausal women can lead to a variety of unpleasant symptom including but not limited to:
These fluctuations also affect your brains neurotransmitters that are responsible for facilitating signaling among brain cells. Estrogen, which depletes during menopause, is needed for the normal production and release of three essential neurotransmitters including:
This makes estrogen a crucial component of cognitive functioning. With bio-identical hormone replacement therapy, you can boost your progesterone and estrogen levels, helping your neurons signal or “talk” to each other again. This will help to boost your concentration and memory, battling brain fog.
At Midwest Hormone Centers, we can effectively treat your hormone-related brain fog with bio-identical hormone therapy. This hormone replacement therapy cannot only improve your cognitive function, but it can also help relieve other symptoms such as vaginal dryness, bladder issues, night sweats, and more. If you are interested in female bio-identical hormone treatment, fill out our female hormone assessment today!