Is it All in Your Head? Banish Brain Fog with BHRT
If you’re a woman in your 40s, 50s, and beyond and finding you’re battling brain fog and the ability to concentrate and/or stay focused throughout the day, it isn’t all in your head. Hormones may be to blame.
Along with the usual menopausal symptoms, such as night sweats, hot flashes, weight gain, fatigue, thinning hair, low libido, vaginal dryness, and other menopausal undesirables, many women can add brain fog and frustrating forgetfulness to the list. Researchers of a popular study found nearly 60% of middle-aged women reported difficulty concentrating, staying focused, and other cognitive issues. The women in the study also noticed subtle changes in memory retention. The researchers who conducted the landmark study hypothesized a “negative effect” may have made the feeling more pronounced. In other words, women just entering menopause or going through the throes of menopause may generally feel moody, which may or may not be linked to memory issues, and that brain fog may also be related to sleep disruption and vascular issues commonly associated with menopause, like hot flashes. It seems cognition was part of a devolving domino effect.
Mind Over Matter: Brain Fog and the Hormone Imbalance Link
Scientists believe a hazy head may be linked to hormonal changes and/or imbalances, since estrogen, progesterone, follicle stimulating hormone (FSH), and luteinizing hormone (LH) are responsible for different processes, including optimal cognition and memory retention.
While many women will notice their banal brain fog clearing on its own once the body fully adjusts to hormonal changes following menopause, others may find they’re adversely affected by more severe symptoms, like neglecting personal hygiene habits, forgetting names of people/objects, or difficulty following directions. BHRT (Bioidentical Hormone Replacement Therapy) of low-dose estrogen, a combination of estrogen and progestin, or estrogen, LF, and FSH may help clear things up in the meantime, while lifting mood and improving sleep quality. BHRT, along with a healthy diet rich in brain-boosting foods, like dark, leafy veggies, berries, fish, nuts/seeds, and yogurt combined with daily, low-impact exercise and stress-reducing meditation can cultivate an effective strategy for banning brain fog, difficulty focusing, and forgetfulness.
If you’re between the ages of 45 and 55 and suspect your ongoing bouts of brain fog may be linked to menopause or perimenopause, there is help. BHRT involves bioidentical hormones that molecularly mimic those naturally produced by the human body and have proven to deliver life-changing results. Once a determination of candidacy and dosage is made, the bioidentical hormones are manufactured by a company pharmacy and inserted via pellet form through a tiny, barely-there incision at the hip area. The entire injection process takes mere minutes and is performed in-office. No scarring, no cutting, no downtime, no self-injecting, no slathering messy creams, no remembering to take pills, or other inconvenient therapy. Each dose usually lasts up to 4 months before a follow-up visit is required. As with most hormone replacement therapies, the lowest dosage possible is implemented to yield desired results.
We invite you to call our office to speak with any one of our friendly and knowledgeable staff members to set-up a one-on-one consultation with Dr. Setareh. During your initial consultation, a comprehensive, 360-degree medical analysis will be assessed to determine BHRT candidacy and dosage. BHRT can help evaporate brain fog and bring much-needed clarity to your day-to-day activities.