Several factors can collaborate to create memory lapses in women going through menopause. But like many other menopausal symptoms, memory lapses are caused largely by hormonal imbalance. Memory lapses can also be a compound of other menopausal symptoms that affect a woman’s concentration level and mental retention. Certain risk factors or lifestyle choices may increase women’s chances of experiencing memory lapses as well.
Memory lapses are commonly experienced by women undergoing the period leading up to menopause. As a woman approaches menopause, certain hormonal levels in the body decrease. These diminishing levels of hormones, particularly estrogen, have myriad effects on a woman’s body and mind.
In the case of memory lapses, estrogen plays a special key role. It has a large effect on the functions of the brain and influences language skills, mood, attention, and a number of other functions, including memory. Estrogen is directly linked to verbal word fluency (the ability to remember names and words). It’s no wonder then that as a woman’s estrogen levels begin to drop, her memory may suffer.
Although decreases in hormones such as estrogen are the most common cause of memory lapses for women going through menopause, there are other risk factors that could have an effect on the likelihood of experiencing this frustrating symptom.
• Excessive amounts of alcohol.
• Some medications (sleeping pills, antidepressants, blood pressure and heart medications, pain killers, tranquilizers).
• Vitamin deficiencies
• Poor diet
• Lack of sleep
• Excessive workload
Memory Lapses Treatment
Fortunately, most of the times memory lapses are not a condition that a woman must live with permanently; treatments are available. It is recommended to begin with the least invasive method and progress up to more drastic treatments if the symptom remains unaffected.
Lifestyle changes: that can be implemented into a woman’s life, such as dietary adjustments or a different exercise program. A balanced diet including additions such as omega-3 acids can help the ability to concentrate.
In addition, a wide variety of fresh fruit and vegetables are important in order to obtain memory-boosting antioxidants and the vitamins B, C, D and E; all important for proper mental function. Mental exercises and games, such as crossword puzzles, Sudoku, or memory, have been shown to improve memory. Exercise and proper sleep also go a long way.
Alternative Medicine: However, as the primary cause of memory lapses in menopausal women is the natural decline in estrogen that is typical of this age group, the most logical method of defeating this symptom is to address the fundamental hormonal imbalance. Natural supplements can be an easy, safe and effective treatment option.
The Manna Menopause Support supplement was formulated with phyto-estrogens (plant based estrogens), to help increase estrogen levels the natural way, without any side effects.