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Hormone Replacement and Cognitive Function

How do our hormones affect our brain? A lot, is the short answer. So, what does that mean for menopause - when our hormones start going haywire?! This study looks at how cognitive function is affected by hormone loss and hormone replacement.

This study tested a small group of women, pre-menopausal and post-menopausal, who weren't using hormone therapy, and post-menopausal women who were using hormone therapy. Cognitive function was tested using the 'color-word' test, which looks at mental speed and functioning, and then did saliva swabs twice a day to measure cortisol levels. The results showed that the post-menopausal women who were on HRT had better cognitive function and lower cortisol compared to their peers who weren't using HRT. This isn't as surprising as you'd think, when you look at the staggering amount of functions hormones have on our body; we even wrote about all the ways progesterone affects you here. Cortisol can wreak havoc on our bodies when it gets (and remains) elevated, and no one wants brain fog, so it's nice to know science is on our side when it comes to taking charge of your hormone health!

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