Forgetfulness or foggy thinking is not necessarily an inevitable part of getting older, but may often be a symptom of hormonal imbalance. The occasional forgotten name is nothing to worry about, but when your loss of memory affects your day to day life activities and ability to multi-task, it may be indicative of an underlying problem.
Memory loss in women may be associated with unbalanced hormones which may manifest itself in various ways including difficulty remembering how to do routine tasks such as following a recipe, forgetting where you parked your car, losing your train of thought mid-sentence, or forgetting people’s names or even the reason you walked into a room. These types of memory lapses affect your short term memory and can often improve with bio-identical hormone replacement therapy.
What Causes Memory Loss?
When a woman's hormones are functioning normally, Estrogen levels help regulate cortisol levels which affect the function of neurotransmitters which are chemicals used for communication in your brain. As Estrogen levels decline these neurotransmitters begin to malfunction, creating lapses in memory.
Often, women begin to notice memory loss in peri-menopause when the production of hormones begins to decrease naturally. This memory loss can be debilitating and frustrating, affecting every area of your life. The important thing to remember is that you are not losing your mind; your hormones are simply misfiring. Loss of memory is not just a part of life you have to tolerate; you can find relief from the symptoms and begin to lead a healthier and happier life