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Abstract

Menarche is the beginning of a girl's ability to ovulate and reproduce. Visible menopause symptoms are absent with little hormonal changes during pre-menopause. Perimenopause is the transitional period which is a slow process from normal to no menstrual periods at all, which often takes up to 10 years. In menopause, ovarian development of estrogen decreases significantly, and this results in painful effects such as hot flashes, nausea, exhaustion, etc. Another common symptom is brain fog: a mostly temporary state of diminished mental capacity marked by an inability to concentrate or to think or reason. The study intends to analyze brain fog differences in perimenopausal women between the ages of 37 and 50 following two different diets. The sample consisted of 100 women; 50 were lacto-vegetarians and 50 were lacto-non-vegetarians, and in the same group 50 were homemakers and 50 were employed women. The tool used for this study was Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE), and analyses were done using statistical techniques like descriptive statistics and independent sample t-test using SPSS software. Results revealed that there was no cognitive impairment and no brain fog between the sample of 50 lacto-vegetarian and 50 lacto-non-vegetarian perimenopausal women who were employed and homemakers. But lacto-vegetarians had better Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) scores than lacto-non-vegetarians, and employed women showed better Mini-Mental State Exam (MMSE) scores than homemakers. The study revealed this and other observations and findings that broaden scope for further research in this area.

Note on the Author

S. Shrividya has completed her Master’s in Psychology from Kristu Jayanti College, Bengaluru.

Dr. Molly Joy is a Professor and Head in the Department of Psychology at Kristu Jayanti College, Bangalore. She has expertise in Research, Statistics, Human Resource Management, and Alternative Psychotherapy. Mail: dr.molly@kristujayanti.com.

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