Will estradiol affect my memory?

You may have heard or read about research suggesting that estradiol may increase the risk for dementia. This condition gradually diminishes a person's memory and other mental functions. (Alzheimer's disease is the most common form of dementia.) In one large study, women over the age of 65 who took estrogen (estradiol is the main form of this hormone) were twice as likely as others to develop dementia. However, women in this study were also being treated with progestin, a synthetic hormone. It isn't known whether estradiol causes loss of memory and other mental capacities.

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