Early menopause could impair cognition

Premature menopause could lead to reduced brain function later in life, research suggests.

The condition has been linked to long-term negative effects on cognitive function, the study found.

Researchers examined almost 5000 women over the age of 65 using questionnaires and cognitive tests after two, four and seven years.

Around eight per cent of the women in the study, which has been published in the journal BJOG, had loss of ovarian function or surgically induced menopause before the age of 40 - or premature menopause.

After the seven year follow-up period