The heat is on memory loss associated with menopause

Researchers from two Chicago universities surveyed 68 menopausal women with a mean age of 53 years with moderate to severe vasomotor symptoms classified as 35 hot flushes a week. The women underwent a battery of eight cognitive tests, a menopausal symptom inventory, sleep inventory and mood questionnaires with the aim of extending and assessing previous studies on the relationship between objective and subjective memory complaints.

While previous research had conflicting outcomes, the study supports a growing body of literature showing that women with memory complaints during the menopausal transition are accurately appraising their function.

Higher self-reported vasomotor symptoms were associated with more memory function issues on cognitive tests, and women with more hot flushes struggled longer with memory problems than women with fewer.