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Smart Savings, Orgasmic Exercise and Memory Loss and Menopause -- Her Week in Health

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In this edition of Her Week in Health, Bailey Mosier discusses the state of American savings, how various exercises can lead to orgasms for some women and proof that memory loss is associated with menopause.

Hi, I’m Bailey Mosier. This is your EmpowHER HER Week in Health.

Elderly Americans are expected to transfer $4 trillion to the heirs in the next decade and in this week’s edition, we’ll learn where that money’s going. We’ll also learn just how common exercise-induced orgasms are for women and memory lapse during menopause may be as common a side effect as hot flashes and poor sleep. Have a look.

Researchers at Ohio State University looked at data from 7,500 people who participated in the National Longitudinal Survey of Youth in 1979 and 23 times since then.

They found that adults who receive an inheritance save only about half of what they receive, while spending, donating or losing the rest. That’s good news for retailers, but bad news for those concerned about the low U.S. savings rate. Researchers hope that knowing – in advance – that most people spend half their inheritances will motivate Americans to restrain spending and use the money for your kids’ college or your own future retirement.

Reports of female orgasms while exercising have circulated in the media for years, but findings from a first-of-its-kind study are now confirming these orgasms are not only real, but they’re common as well.

Indiana University researchers surveyed nearly 370 women whose ages ranged from 18 to 63 and found 124 had experienced exercise-induced orgasms and 246 women had experienced exercise-induced sexual pleasure.

The most common exercises associated with exercise-induced orgasm were abdominal exercises, climbing poles or ropes, biking or spinning and weight lifting.

The team hopes this can teach us more about the bodily processes underlying women's experiences of orgasm and that study findings may help women who experience exercise-induced orgasms to feel more normal about their experiences or put them into context.

Previous research has found that about two-thirds of women going through menopause describe memory problems, and recent research says this ‘mental fog’ is to be an expected side effect, much like hot flashes or troubled sleeping.

University of Illinois at Chicago researchers analyzed 75 women between 40 and 60 years of age who were going through an early stage of menopause, and found that 41 percent reported having forgetfulness that was serious.

The women who reported more severe memory deficits were also more likely to experience problems such as depression and hot flashes, and researchers believe this memory fog is the direct effect of changing levels of hormones like estrogen because estrogen is thought to influence parts of the brain involved in memory.

It is helpful for women to know that what they are going through is normal and that their memory problems are not necessarily an early sign of dementia. In fact, research indicates that after menopause, when hormone levels stabilize, many women regain their cognitive ability.

That wraps up your EmpowHER HER Week in Health. Join me here at EmpowHER every Friday as we recap the latest in women’s health.

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