Menopause Awareness Month takes place in the month of October every year.
World Menopause Day is also held every year on the 18th of October. This day was designated by the International Menopause Society (IMS) to “raise awareness of menopause and to support options to improve health and well-being for women in mid-life and beyond.”
World Menopause Day
The International Menopause Society encourage professionals and women to participate in the World Menopause Day campaign by printing and sharing their materials, organising events to engage their communities, and sharing World Menopause Day social media posts.
The theme for World Menopause Day 2022 is Cognition and Mood
Changes in your hormones during menopause can have a huge impact on your mental health as well as your physical health.
Symptoms such as anxiety, stress loss of self-esteem, loss of confidence, low mood and feelings of sadness or depression all go hand in hand with both perimenopause and menopause. It’s important to take care of your mental health and seek support from the people around you, including your workplace.
Brain fog and memory difficulties are very common in both perimenopause and menopause. Menopause brain fog is a group of symptoms that include:
- Difficulty remembering words and numbers
- Disruptions in daily life (misplacing items like keys)
- Trouble concentrating (absent-mindedness)
- Losing a train of thought, being more easily distracted)
- Difficulty switching between tasks, forgetting the reason for doing something (like why you came into a room)
- Forgetting appointments and events
Brain fog is normal and common in midlife. In fact, research shows that women’s memories do change at menopause. This issue is very real – it’s not in your imagination. Problems with your memory may be caused by rising and falling hormone levels, especially estrogen. Experts also believe that other menopause symptoms, like hot flushes, sleep disturbances and mood changes also contribute to your memory being affected.
Brain Fog And Dementia
Many women become concerned that their brain fog and memory issues could be early signs of dementia. This is understandable as issues with brain fog can really affect your quality of life.
However, cognitive problems are very common in perimenopausal and menopausal women and the good news is that they do typically improve with time. All women go through menopause, but most women will not develop dementia.
Hormone Replacement Therapy (HRT) is the most effective way to treat menopausal symptoms and may improve your brain fog. It may also help your memory problems but is not recommended at any age to treat memory difficulties or prevent cognitive decline or dementia.
With that being said, taking care of your brain health is important and can prevent or postpone dementia.
International Menopause Society (IMS) have some great tips on protecting your brain.
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