Even a happy, well-adjusted nuclear physicist can be tripped up by menopause. There are a number of psychological nuisances menopausal women complain about, but trouble concentrating tops the list. The scientific evidence supporting the link between cognitive changes and menopause is weak, though. For a while we thought that estrogen protected the brain, but replacing it didn’t do much to fix the problem. Plus, not all women are affected. Bottom line, we still don’t know if the trouble is due to waning estrogen, stress, sleep loss, depression, anxiety, information overload, or (swallow), the beginnings of age-related dementia or even a combination of some or all of the above.
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Michael Roizen, MD, Internal Medicine, answered
Honor Society of Nursing (STTI) answered
Changes in estrogen levels during menopause can affect concentration. Also, if you are having trouble sleeping, this can add to it. Concentration issues can be a bother, but if they are affecting productivity at home or work, talk to your doctor. It is important to understand if there are other medical issues that should be considered.