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What's Happening in My Brain During Mental Fog, and How Can I Fix It?

Posted by Dr. Richard Brandon

Mon, Jan 18, 2016 @ 08:00 AM

What's Happening in My Brain During Mental Fog, and How Can I Fix It?Hot flashes and night sweats aren't the only menopausal symptoms women face. Many women also face memory issues as they transition through menopause, something that is known as "mental fog."

Mental fog is also referred to as brain fog or brain fatigue. Basically, it's an episode of mental confusion that can range from mild to severe that causes women to experience poor mental recall, a reduced mental sharpness, and a lack of focus. If you are suffering from mental fog as you are going through the stages of menopause, you may want to consider undergoing BHRT in order to adjust your hormone levels, thereby reducing the episodes of mental fog that you are experiencing.

What You Should Know About Mental Fog and Menopause

Although many women do complain about experiencing mental fog as they go through menopause, it's not a symptom that every woman has. And while it is a symptom for many menopausal women, mental fog episodes have not been directly linked with estrogen levels. In fact, it's not yet clear why mental fog symptoms seem to occur during menopause.

Many scientists point to the fact that hormone levels drive the more common symptoms of menopause, such as poor sleep and mood swings, which in turn can cause disruptions in cognitive functions, thereby leading to episodes of mental fog.

Another thing to consider is the fact that everyone's cognitive function begins to decline as they grow older. Before experiencing menopause, the cognitive functions of women decline at a slower rate than men. However, once they begin to go through menopause, the rate of decline speeds up and surpasses that of men. This means that these cognitive changes that women are experiencing during menopause may seem more accelerated even though they are a part of normal aging. But that doesn't necessarily mean you can't reduce the episodes of mental fog that you are experiencing as you go through menopause.

How BHRT Can Help Reduce Mental Fog

BHRT, or bio identical hormone replacement therapy, could be the answer to reducing the number of mental fog episodes you are experiencing as you go through menopause. The process of menopause begins during the perimenopause stages when the ovaries begin producing fewer hormones up until the ovaries stop releasing eggs, which marks menopause. This is something that every woman goes through.

BHRT is a natural therapy that makes use of natural, plant-derived hormones that are chemically identical to the hormones your body produces. This makes BHRT a much safer option than other types of hormone therapies, which often make use of synthetic hormones. Synthetic hormones carry some risk since there are numerous side effects associated with their use, the worst of which is the increased risk of developing cancer. BHRT is associated with fewer risks than traditional synthetic alternatives, including the risk of developing cancer.

BHRT is a way to replenish your hormone levels, including estradiol (one of the three major estrogens), DHEA, progesterone, and testosterone. By restoring your hormone levels, you'll help to reduce and or eliminate symptoms often experienced during menopause. Since balanced hormone levels can reduce or eliminate symptoms like hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings, and poor sleep, it can – as a result – also help to get rid of episodes of mental fog.

If you are experiencing mental fog as a menopausal symptom, you may want to consider undergoing BHRT in order to restore your hormone levels and reduce your mental fog.

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