Women in their forties or fifties are often in the “sandwich” generation with responsibilities for children and husbands while caring for aging parents. It’s further compounded if they work outside the home. They may have been previously adept at this type of multitasking but now find themselves “overwhelmed.” These are obvious symptoms that get your attention and affect your productivity and well-being.
A symptom of estrogen deficiency that many women fear is the decline in memory and mental concentration. Our mothers and grandmothers often accepted this as a necessary consequence of aging. Postmenopausal women often describe it as “brain fog” and “fuzzy thinking.” They especially notice problems with word retrieval and remembering names and phone numbers they could easily recall before menopause.