You’re looking for your cell phone—while you’re talking on it
More forgetful than you once were or feel like you exist in a constant mental fog? Blame hormones for that too, Dr. Northrup says. Estrogen and progesterone need to be balanced to work in harmony but as women age, their progesterone naturally drops as they miss ovulation. That excess estrogen is converted into a stress hormone, which in turn affects the memory centre of the brain. But, she says, don’t think of it as a “senior moment.” “Instead of being constantly aware of all the external details, the brain is refocusing and women are pushed more into their inner lives,” she says. “It’s an opportunity to focus on yourself.” Here are a few things you can do to sharpen your memory.