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Problems remembering and difficulty concentrating are natural parts of the menopausal process. There is no known cause or connection of these symptoms, but the majority of women experience some form of thinking problems with menopause. Many women are worried at first when they begin to experience these symptoms, fearing they are signs that they are developing dementia or Alzheimer’s. This is not the case, although lower levels of estrogen have been linked with Alzheimer’s. Many women experience short-term memory loss as part of the menopausal process, it is natural and not usually a sign of a more serious problem. Some believe that problems with memory and cognition are associated with the stress that comes from menopause and dealing with other physical symptoms. Some believe that this is just a natural part of the aging process, less closely related to menopause. If you are concerned about changes in your mental capacity, many experts recommend keeping your mind engaged and stimulated, as this can help you prevent any serious changes. That might mean picking up a crossword puzzle…or going back to school!

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