Estradiol Transdermal Patch Improves Memory of Women with Dementia

by Laura Ramirez on July 7, 2011

The estradiol transdermal patch has been shown to be effective in improving memory and cognitive skills of post menopausal women with dementia. Estradiol is a natural estrogen that is produced by the body during the child bearing years, but drops off dramatically during menopause. Participants in the study took cognitive tests before, during and after the clinical study to measure cognition as estradiol levels ramped up in their bodies due to wearing the patch.

Estradiol is a naturally occurring estrogen predominant in women before menopause. Wharton says estrogen is likely associated with the hippocampus, an area of the brain that has many estrogen receptors and is associated with Alzheimer’s disease.
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Women who wore the estradiol transdermal patch did better on all cognitive tests than women who were given a placebo. In addition to offering hope to post menopausal women suffering from Alzheimer’s or other forms of dementia, this may be an important breakthrough for women who are going through midlife transition in order to keep memory and brain function at optimal levels. If you have worn the patch or are currently using it, please share how your symptoms have improved or just tell us about your experience. Let’s share information and help improve the lives of mature women around the world.

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