How does estrogen affect the mind?
Estrogen docking sites are present in several regions of the brain, including those involved in memory (such as the hippocampus). When activated by estrogen, these sites, in turn, activate processes that are beneficial to the brain. In addition, estrogen may, in effect, raise levels of certain brain chemicals (neurotransmitters). These include the neurotransmitters acetylcholine (implicated in memory), serotonin (implicated in mood), noradrenaline (implicated in mood and other autonomic functions), and dopamine (implicated in motor coordination). Thus, estrogen facilitates networking between nerve cells, promoting their ability to “talk to” one another. Return To Top Q: Does this mean that my recent irritability, apathy, ‘foggy’ state of mind, trouble finding words, constantly losing my keys, inability to function at my job, etc. may be related to estrogen deficit? A: Given estrogen’s myriad role in brain processes, it should come as no surprise that it can influence many of the mind’s