Sex hormones and cognitive health

Dr Sonia Davison MBBS, FRACP, PhD
Endocrinologist
Jean Hailes Clinical Fellow

SEX steroid hormones have important roles in cognition, with oestrogen and androgen receptors found in various anatomical locations throughout the brain.

Teasing out the individual impacts of these hormones on cognitive function is challenging. Whereas traditionally the focus in women has been on the effects of oestrogen and progestogens on cognition, androgens are also likely to play an important role.

Most of the study data to date examining the relationship between