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Hormone Checking in Minneapolis MN

 

Forgetfulness and cognitive decline are some of the most commonly reported symptoms of menopause. In fact, peri-menopausal women were 1.4 times as likely to report forgetfulness compared to pre-menopausal women in Minnesota, and this was independent of additional factors including reported stress. There are a number of mechanisms through which changes in hormones affect brain function and memory.
 

Estrogens have direct effects in the brain by increasing the number of synapses in the hippocampus, the region of the brain where transferring short term memories to long term memories is thought to occur. Estrogen and progesterone both help to protect the brain from exogenous and endogenous toxins including glutamate-induced excitotoxicity, and progesterone is a potent anti-inflammatory agent in the central nervous system, working to rebuild the blood-brain barrier, reduce edema and down-regulate the inflammatory cascade in the event of physical or ischemic trauma.
 

Another important mechanism through which hormones enhance memory is by increasing acetylcholine activity. Acetylcholine is an important neurotransmitter involved in learning and encoding new memories and its production is greatly decreased in conditions of compromised memory including Alzheimer’s disease. Estrogen increases the activity of the enzyme choline-acetyl transferase, which stimulates the synthesis of acetylcholine.
 

Maintaining optimal hormone levels throughout the menopausal transition can not only aide in the management of classically “menopausal symptoms” such as hot flashes and night sweats, but can prevent and treat memory loss and protect the brain from chemical and physical assault. As always, the correct balance of hormones is important, so it is important to test, not guess.

 

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Hormone Imbalance in Perimenopause Women In Minnesota

 

Perimenopause refers to the time period during which a woman’s body makes its natural transition toward menopause. Women in Minnesota start Perimenopause at different ages. Most often start during our mid to late 40’s, leading to menopause at an average age of 51 in the US.
 

Typical sign of perimenopause is that menstrual cycles may lengthen or shorten. When sex hormone levels fluctuate and imbalance, many women in Minneapolis and St Paul may also experience menopause-like symptoms, such as hot flashes, mood swing, sleep problems and vaginal dryness.
 

In perimenopause, hormonal imbalance results when women’s sex hormone levels fluctuate widely. Contrary to popular belief, many of the symptoms experienced during perimenopause are not due to estrogen deficiency, but rather are due to estrogen dominance. The term “estrogen dominance” can be confusing at times because it does not relate solely to the amount of circulating estrogen in the body, but rather to the relationship between estrogen and progesterone.
 

In the next blog, we will discuss the details on the relationship between estrogen dominance and perimenopause symptoms.

 

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