Weber offered some advice for women who experience memory or thinking problems around menopause:
- Avoid multi-tasking, and try to focus on one thing at a time.
- Make lists to jog your memory.
- Do your most challenging work during the time of day when you feel the most alert.
- Get plenty of exercise and eat well.
- Deal effectively with stress.
Some experts are concerned that research like this study, while well-designed, may make menopause seem abnormal.
"There are people who portray menopause as a deficiency state, but the position of our society is that this is a natural stage of life," said Dr. Margery Gass, executive director of the North American Menopause Society, in Cleveland.
"When we think about the stages of a woman's life, there is a lot of pathology associated with the reproductive years, such as cramps, endometriosis, menstrual migraines and ectopic pregnancy," Gass explained. "So, menopause shouldn't be particularly seen as a time of problems."
While this study found an association between menopause and memory lapses, it did not prove a cause-and-effect link.
Learn more about menopause at the U.S. National Library of Medicine.
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