A small new study helps to explain the struggle women experience after going through "the change".
University of Rochester researchers found that women in the first year after menopause perform slightly worse on certain mental tests than do those who are approaching their post-reproductive years.
According to researchers, the process of learning, retaining and applying new information is associated with regions of the brain that are rich in estrogen receptors.
The natural fluctuation of the hormone estrogen during menopause seems to be linked to problems associated with thinking and memory.
The study appears in the journal, Menopause.