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    Menopause: Memory Loss and Brain Fog

      Memory loss is one of the more common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause. In fact, about 60% of women experiencing perimenopause and menopause have some symptoms of memory loss.  In laymen’s terms, memory loss in menopause is called “brain fog” and it involves feeling as though you can’t remember things as well as you used to and are walking around with a muddled head. The type of memory loss seen during perimenopause and menopause usually involves forgetting newly acquired verbal information and having difficulty with concentration.  Typical brain fog symptoms include forgetting people’s names (particularly new names of people you just met), forgetting tasks in the middle of trying to do…

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    Menopause: Fatique and Stress

      FATIQUE Menopause is a time when many women feel run down and fatigued. Part of the problem is the increased perception of stress and another part is the decrease in restful sleep that comes with menopause. Stress reduction techniques can reduce the fatigue seen in menopause. Exercises like guided imagery, meditation, qi gong, and tai chi can also reduce stress so you have more energy as well as increased mental clarity. Fatigue can be managed by having better sleep habits. This will help you go to sleep when you are tired and can keep you sleeping longer. Some good sleep habits include the following: Use your bedroom for sleep…

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    Menopause: Mood Swings and Depression

      Women approaching or in menopause are subject to mood swings and increased irritability. Typically, this occurs as a result of radical hormone fluctuations. Some menopausal women also suffer from depression, the reasons for this are not completely clear but it is believed that the lack of estrogen affects the amount of brain neurotransmitters responsible for prevention of depression. When the neurotransmitters like serotonin and norepinephrine are decreased, the risk for depression increases. Women in menopause may need to take prescription anti-depressants in order to control depressive symptoms. These include many of the SSRI anti-depressants (selective serotonin reuptake inhibitors), which increase the levels of serotonin in the brain and decrease…

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    Menopause: Hot Flashes

      Hot flashes are perhaps the greatest symptom experienced in menopause, statistically 3 out of 4 of all menopausal women, and they are usually the most uncomfortable symptom. They can go on for several years before stopping. Hot flashes can be treated in a couple of ways. Some women choose to replace the estrogen and progesterone the ovaries are no longer making. Estrogen replacement therapy or ERT is a prescription treatment for hot flashes. Estrogen is given by patch, vaginal ring, or pill and progesterone can be given by pill. They are usually given together in order to prevent a buildup of the uterine lining that occurs when a woman…

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    Symptoms Of Menopause

    Aging is a process that is intrinsically linked with menopause. As you gain in years, your body also ages and menopause naturally occurs as part of the aging cycle. Every woman goes through this phase and it is a different experience for every woman. Most women agree that menopause is a great maturing experience and helps them accept their age gracefully. There are many signs and indicators of menopause. There is no need to have any fear or anxiety about menopause, because it is as much a natural process as puberty and it happens to every woman. As you approach the time in your life when menopause becomes more likely,…

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    Symptoms of Perimenopause

        Some women will not have any symptoms in perimenopause, while others will have noticeable symptoms. Common symptoms of perimenopause include the following:   Hot flashes and night sweats These are feelings of increased bodily warmth and flushing of the face. They can occur at any time of the day or night and can be uncomfortable. If they happen at night, the woman can experience night sweats, in which she wakes up drenched in sweat.   Irregular periods A common precursor of menopause is irregular periods. The ovaries may still ovulate but they do so in no predictable pattern. There are many ways in which you will see this…