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The other day my cousin was over. We decided to order a pizza. I must have asked him ten times what he wanted on that pizza. The minute he’d tell me, I’d forget.

This is not uncommon lately.

As a matter of fact, it’s down right disturbing.

I find that I have to really make an effort to concentrate. I’m a detail oriented person, so when I start to lose track of anything, I get out of sorts.

So as usual, I was looking at articles online and I came across this one that – yet again – nailed my perimenopausal symptoms. Check this out:

Perimenopause Associated with Cognitive Decline

Women lose their intellectual edge in perimenopause, but regain it in the later phases of menopause, researchers say.

“You’re a little off your game,” said Gail Greendale, M.D., of the University of California Los Angeles, lead author of the study, in describing the phenomenon. “You’re not forgetting your way to the grocery store, but you don’t feel as sharp or fast on the uptake.”

The researchers noted that about 60% of women report memory problems during the transition into menopause. However, the issue of ‘brain fog’ during the various phases of menopause had not been well investigated.

It goes on to say that “Most of the testing revealed that cognitive functioning rebounded when women reached menopause.”

Hmm… I forgot what I was going to do now…

Until next time

Sara Purves
Sara attended the Claude Watson School for the Arts, a prestigious Toronto based high school for gifted creative students. She then moved on to the Ontario College of Art and Design for 4 years where she majored in Environmental Design. After graduation in 1993, Sara pursued many creative arenas including: retail store design, fashion design, had gallery exhibitions of her paintings, and volunteered in many areas of the arts before settling into a career in graphic design. Sara was employed as art director and graphic designer at several well known advertising agencies and creative design shops where she worked with a variety of clients. Sara is also someone who’s unwillingly entered early perimenopause and muddles her way through frustrations and solutions.

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