Researchers tested the women on verbal memory, working memory, and the speed at which they processed information during four different stages prior to, during, and following menopause. They found that women had more trouble learning and retaining information just before and during menopause, compared with other times.
"These test results concur with prior self-reported memory difficulties," said Gail Greendale, M.D., from UCLA's David Geffen School of Medicine. "Sixty percent of women state that they have memory problems during the menopause transition."
Researchers say the problems appear to be temporary.
"Our study found that the amount of learning improved back to premenopausal levels during the postmenopausal stages," said Greendale.