May 23, 2023, 4:02 am UTC
Ask wmnHealth: What is neuroplasticity?
Neuroplasticity, the brain's remarkable ability to adapt and reorganize itself, is integral to brain health. But have you ever thought about how it underpins women's brain health, in particular?
From puberty to pregnancy, menopause, and aging, brain function is influenced by hormonal fluctuations. It is also shaped by learning, environmental factors, and the unique experiences women face throughout their lifetimes. Neuroplasticity plays a crucial role in helping the brain adapt to hormonal fluctuations and other factors, and the downstream cognitive changes that can arise from them.
Exploring neuroplasticity in women at different life stages could help us understand the factors that influence women’s cognitive health and address women's specific cognitive needs and vulnerabilities.