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J Alzheimers Dis. 2013;34(3):589-94. doi: 10.3233/JAD-122101.

Early reproductive experiences in females make differences in cognitive function later in life.

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Center for Hormone Advanced Science and Education, Roskamp Institute, Sarasota, FL 34243, USA. rli@rfdn.org

Abstract

Women experience dramatic changes in hormones, mood, and cognition through different periods of their reproductive lives, particularly during pregnancy and giving birth. While limited human studies of early pregnancy and motherhood showed alteration of cognitive function in later life, research conducted on rodents showed a persistent improvement of learning and memory performance in females with history of giving birth (primiparous or multiparous) compared to virgin controls (nulliparous). In this mini review, we will focus on the effect of early motherhood on cognitive function later in life, which would provide insight on how reproductive experiences influence women's health during aging.

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23271317
PMCID:
PMC3594354
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10.3233/JAD-122101
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