Do we dumb down during perimenopause?

by Peri-freakin-menopause • Member { View Profile }

The other day my cousin was over. We decided to order a pizza. I must have asked him ten times what he wanted on that pizza. The minute he’d tell me, I’d forget.

This is not uncommon lately.

As a matter of fact, it’s down right disturbing!

I find that I have to really make an effort to concentrate. I’m a detail oriented person, so when I start to lose track of anything, I get out of sorts.

So, as usual, I was looking at articles online and I came across this one that – yet again – nailed my perimenopausal symptoms. Check this out:

Perimenopause Associated with Cognitive Decline

Women lose their intellectual edge in perimenopause, but regain it in the later phases of menopause, researchers say.

"You’re a little off your game," said Gail Greendale, M.D., of the University of California Los Angeles, lead author of the study, in describing the phenomenon. "You’re not forgetting your way to the grocery store, but you don’t feel as sharp or fast on the uptake."

The researchers noted that about 60% of women report memory problems during the transition into menopause. However, the issue of ‘brain fog’ during the various phases of menopause had not been well investigated.

It goes on to say that "Most of the testing revealed that cognitive functioning rebounded when women reached menopause."

Hmm… does this mean I’ll be operating at about 50% for the next 20 years or so? This does not sit well with me… no.. not at all.

I forgot what I was going to do now…

Until next time

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