How Menopause Affects Your Brain

Menopause and the Brain

The brain and menopause.

This is a very important subject as peri/menopause and diminishing estrogen can have a profound effect on our brains.

Brain Changes During Menopause

You might have noticed you’re experiencing things like brain fog and forgetting where you’ve put your keys. These are very common symptoms of peri and post-menopause. They’re inconvenient and frustrating at best, and at worst can disrupt your daily life.

There are also far bigger changes that can occur in our brains – particularly as we move into post-menopause – including the risk of dementia and Alzheimer’s. These conditions affect women more than men and are now the leading cause of death in Australia, surpassing heart disease. In New Zealand, 70,000 people are living with the disease.

Neuroscientist Lisa Misconi studies women’s brain 

Neuroscientist and researcher Lisa Misconi studies the brains of living patients and uses the data to understand how brain health plays out differently in women than in men.

She leads the Women’s Brain Initiative research program at Weill Cornell Medical, where she also serves as associate director of the Alzheimer’s Prevention Clinic.

Her TED talk is a must-watch for every woman.


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This is part of a series of articles about the brain and menopause. Please read the others below.

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This is the time when menstruation is well and truly over, the ovaries have stopped producing high levels of sex hormones and for many ladies, perimenopause symptoms subside.

Estrogen has protective qualities and the diminished levels mean organs such as your brain, heart and bones become more vulnerable. It’s also a key lubricant so your lips may become drier, your joints less supple and your vagina might be drier. In addition, your thyroid, digestion, insulin, cortisol and weight may alter.

At this juncture, a woman might experience an increase in the signs of reduced estrogen but she should have a decrease of perimenopause symptoms. That said, some women will experience symptoms like hot flushes for years or even the rest of their lives.


Peri = ‘near’

Most females begin to experience the symptoms of perimenopause in their mid-forties. Your progesterone levels decline from your mid-30s but it’s generally from around 40 that the rest of your sex hormones begin to follow suit. 

Perimenopause is a different experience for every woman and some women may barely notice it. The first indicators are usually changes to the monthly cycle. This means that for some ladies, this can be accompanied by things like sore breasts, mood swings, weight gain around the belly, and fatigue as time goes on.

For those with symptoms it can be a challenging time physically, mentally and emotionally.

Importantly, perimenopause lasts – on average – four to 10 years. The transition is usually a gradual process and many women enter perimenopause without realising.