A new study shows that hormone therapy in the early post-menopausal years does not affect a woman's memory, but can lead to increased sexual appetite.
This comprehensive study examining the effects of hormone therapy in the first years after menopause included 180 women between the ages of 45 and 55 who had their last menstruation 3 years ago. These women underwent estrogen and progesterone therapy for 4 months. Tests were performed to test their memory, attention, cognitive function, emotional state, sexuality and sleep.
No difference was found between these women and those who did not undergo hormone therapy in terms of cognitive function. The study also shows a 44% increase in sexual appetite, and thoughts about sexual orientation also increased by 32%.
In the rain, women suffering from hot flushes and perspiration during the night no longer experienced these symptoms and their quality of life improved, but no improvement in cognitive function was observed.
Unfortunately, the study could not be continued, but the findings may be considered relevant given that it is the largest study to date regarding the effects of hormone therapy on memory in the immediate post-menopausal period.
September 25, 2007