Is forgetfulness a symptom of the menopause? Or am I just losing my mind?

Is forgetfulness a symptom of the menopause? Or am I just losing my mind?

All the time I am forgetting things. Like why did I go upstairs? Trying to remember the last film I saw, what I did last week. At 48,  my question is, is forgetfulness a symptom of the menopause? Or am I slowly and surely losing my mind?

Is forgetfulness a symptom of the menopause?

I dreamt I had lost my passport. We were leaving to go on holiday, and I could not find my passport. I looked everywhere. The clock was ticking, the taxi was arriving and I was frantic, and that frantic felt real.

What had I done with it? Where had I put it? My passport had disappeared and I wasn’t going on holiday.

Then, I woke up, went downstairs. I started to get breakfast ready and went to let Lucius our dog out into the back garden.

I had lost the backdoor keys.

OMG. My dream is becoming a reality.

I could not find the backdoor keys anywhere. I looked everywhere. The clock was ticking, we had to get to school. I was frantic.

And this time the frantic was real.

What had I done with it? Where had I put it? My back door keys had disappeared and Lucius couldn’t go for a pee.

But seriously, is forgetfulness a symptom of the menopause?

I am 48 and I forget things, places, items on the shopping list, keys. Last week I left the dinner on the cooker, on a low heat mind, and went out. Dinner was a little burnt, but we still had a house.

Forgetfulness and the menopause

After a bit of googling I find that:

According to the amazing women behind Hot Flush (brilliant or what), it’s down to my declining oestrogen as I enter the departure lounge of the menopause. But the good news is my memory will come back.

But there are things I can do:

Exercise

OK, I have that box ticked. I just need to stick to the running plan.

Around 30 minutes of exercise a day will go a long way to addressing memory loss and getting rid of that brain fog.

Pill popping

Well, not those kinds of pills, more like stocking up on a few supplements like Omega-3.

Train the brain

If I am training my body, I should train my brain. I’m starting my language classes again. Learning a language, now that’s real mental gymnastics.

Or, I could load up my iPhone with brain training apps and dust off the scrabble.

Eat well

Eat well, make sure I have lots of whole grains, oily fish, berries and drink lots of water.

I guess the menopause starting, I’m on my way, just got to figure out what to do next.

Photo credit: Úrsula Madariaga

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