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Will estrogen replacement bring my memory back?

I seemed to have lost my short term memory more than my long term memory after a total historectamy 5 years ago. I just started taking an estrogen patch
asked Jun 4, 2012 by anonymous
edited Jun 5, 2012 by admin

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Indeed, a drop in certain hormones, such as estrogens, can affect mental functions because these hormones have both direct and indirect effects on the nervous system. Restoring the levels of estrogens (and sometimes also progestins)  may slow down or sometimes partly reverse the decline of mental functions, such as short term memory. However, hormone replacement is associated with a number of risks (e.g. increased risk of certain types of cancer, blood clots, etc.) which often outweigh the benefits. Make sure to discuss both risks and benefits of hormone replacement with your doctor in the context of your medical history.
answered Jun 5, 2012 by pharmageek (1,910 points)
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There are different typs of memory and every person is different so there is no way to answer the question with any certainty.

That said there have been studies that suggest estrogen  replacement therapy (ERT) by post menopausal women helps slow normal age-related decline in memory.
The National Institute on Aging has conducted studies that suggest estrogen treatment will have positive effects of normal age related memory loss over a long period of time for  short-term visual memory.
answered Jun 5, 2012 by Phil123 (190 points)