Memory loss, low mood, brain fog

Mental health is a hot topic and an important one. Family and friends were and are effected during menopause also after child birth. In my opinion I believe my mum along with other ladies in my family were misdiagnosed with depression. Through studies and research we’ve learned child birth, perimenopause and menopause are pivotal times due to the flux in hormones. Many women are not effected and sail through all with the greatest of ease, which is fabulous. However we know it’s not the same for all.

What we know is
  • Research shows oestrogen impacts the brain. (oestrogen receptors are all over our body, the brain is no exception)
  • More women are effected by Alzheimer’s, memory loss and cognitive behaviour.
  • Exercise and movement has a positive impact
  • Oestrogen plays an important role in many neurological functions including protecting the brain
Brian fog, memory loss

Brain fog or memory loss feels different to forgetfulness, from my experience and in my opinion. Lack of concentration and brain fog effected me. Certainly the stress of passing exams had an impact. Thankfully I’m firing on all cylinders again.

Symptoms can effect confidence if not treated and other aspects of our lives.

  • A good nights sleep is crucial, we all know the benefits
  • Movement, helps cognition
  • Magnesium and taurine is said to be beneficial for the brain, supporting nerve growth.
  • A multiple vitamin supplement geared towards menopause, high in B vitamins plus Omega-3 DHA. Speak with your pharmacist.
  • Always source the best supplements you can from reputable pharmacies or health professionals
  • See your GP or specialists if you have concerns or symptoms persist.
Low Mood

Tracking your cycle can be helpful to see patterns if or when your mood changes and other symptoms, such as headaches, joint pain. I know of ladies who’ve experienced intrusive thoughts, completely out of character. Take your notes or journal along to your GP appointment, the more information you have the easier to diagnose and have the most appropriate treatment. It may seem strange taking notes, I always do it, keeps me on track. The worst is leaving an appointment forgetting something which concerned you. lastly, if you’re unhappy with the outcome of your appointment, I would seek a second opinion. It’s important to advocate for yourself. After all it’s your health.

We can learn through each others stories. No need to sit in judgment, be kind, support each other and the choices each of us make.

2 responses to “Memory loss, low mood, brain fog”

  1. Jools avatar

    Have experienced brain fog many times doesn’t help that I really don’t sleep well. Constantly waking every few hours by time I get up pretty exhausted. Plus feel my hormones are all over the pace at the min. Just been advised to stop taking HRT as experiencing bleeding once again. Will see how I go if no improvement will definitely be seeing doctor again & take notes.

    1. Sandra Scherfler avatar

      Definitely make an appointment with your GP.

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