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Changes During Menopause

Changes During Menopause Continued...

Mental Confusion

Mental confusion can include lack of concentration, memory loss and feeling disoriented. We all have moments where we lose our keys or forget where we have placed something.

There are even times when you can't seem to concentrate or feel disoriented and confused.

For women going through the “change of life” this is just one more added frustration to a list of many menopausal symptoms. 

One reason that you may experience more times of forgetfulness or the inability to concentrate on everyday tasks is due to changes in the estrogen levels.

There are several neurotransmitters that regulate our cognitive function. Our cognitive function helps with memory and the ability to concentrate. 

Estrogen plays a role in the production of these neurotransmitters (Acetylcholine, serotonin, and norepinephrine).

When estrogen levels are higher the more of these neurotransmitters are produced. Which means as

our estrogen level decreases so does the production of these three neurotransmitters. Additionally estrogen plays a role in blood flow to the brain.

With this blood flow disrupted you may experience disorientation or mental confusion. This is also part of the underlying cause of dizziness, another change during menopause that women experience.


This last sympton on this page is not the last of the changes during menopause that women experience. There are many different syptoms, but this is the last of the common ones covered in this article.

When you experience dizziness you may feel a spinning sensation and/or feel light headed.

At these times you may become unstable and lose your balance.

Even though this is not as well known as hot flashes as one of the many menopausal changes, it is just as common. Many women have reported episodes of dizziness and vertigo.

This feeling of dizziness can happen when you sit or stand too quickly. They episodes can come on quickly but generally only last for a few seconds.

Many people can experience the sense of spinning, or vertigo, if one or more of the body's balance control centers are not working properly.

Some of the most common reasons outside of menopause include inner ear infections, cardiovascular disruption, issues with your visual input (eyesight) or the sensory nerves in your muscles, skin and joints are not sending the right signals to the brain.

For women going through the stages of menopause, these episodes of dizziness or loss of balance can be caused by the changes you are going through. For one, your estrogen level is decreasing and can lead to vertigo.

Menopause can also cause changes in your blood vessels nervous system which can lead to the dizziness, feeling light headed and loss of balance.

In addition to understanding these changes during menopause, be sure to read about the stages of menopause.

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