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How Hormones Affect Your Memory

Memory is an essential cognitive function. But, if you’re struggling with fading memory, brain fog, and diminished focus, a hormonal imbalance could be to blame. Hormones significantly impact brain health and are closely linked to memory problems in individuals undergoing menopause, andropause, and thyroid dysfunction.  

Read on for a complete overview of how hormonal health affects your memory and how the team at The Center for Natural & Integrative Medicine in Orlando can help! 

How Different Hormones Impact Memory

While many different hormones can affect your memory, hormone-related memory changes are most closely linked to estrogen, testosterone, and thyroid hormones. 

Memory and Estrogen

Estrogen is the primary female sex hormone. Researchers have found that estrogen links the hippocampus to the prefrontal cortex in the brain. The hippocampus is crucial to memory and learning, while the prefrontal cortex stores long-term memories. By creating this connection, estrogen is thought to enhance memory mechanisms in both the hippocampus and prefrontal cortex. 

Additionally, estrogen is known to boost the concentration of an enzyme that helps synthesize acetylcholine. Acetylcholine is a brain chemical that’s essential for memory. 

Estrogen levels in women dramatically decline with menopause, often leading to cognitive changes, poor memory, and brain fog. 

Memory and Testosterone

Slow cognition, brain fog, and memory issues are possible symptoms of low testosterone. In fact, testosterone is known to positively affect memory in both men and women. Clinical research has found that testosterone supplementation improved learning and memory in postmenopausal women and men. 

Memory and Thyroid Hormone

Thyroid hormone regulates metabolic functions in the brain. So, memory problems are a possible symptom of both an overactive and underactive thyroid. Clinical research has linked thyroid dysfunction to cognitive impairment, brain fog, forgetfulness, and memory issues.  

If you’re struggling with memory issues, brain fog, or reduced focus, we’re here to help. Our experienced team can conduct hormone testing to pinpoint the source of your symptoms and may recommend a personalized hormone replacement therapy plan. Contact us today for a consultation!


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