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New research reveals the impact of stress on memory of Irish millennial women

6 in 10 too preoccupied to remember daily tasks

Written by Tricia Purcell | View this authors Twitter page and posted in news

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To mark World Contraception Day 2016, Bayer has conducted a new survey, which sheds light on how daily stress and lifestyle changes have an impact on Irish millennial women’s memory.

Irish women aged 21-29, revealed that over 60% are often so preoccupied on a daily basis that they forget all about key daily tasks. The most common things that women forget to do as a result of daily stress include removing their make-up before bed, taking their contraception pill and charging their phone

According to Trinity College Dublin psychologist Professor Sabina Brennan:

“Stress isn’t always a bad thing; a properly controlled stress response can give us extra energy and focus needed to cope with challenge. But in today’s complex world psychological and social stressors can be unrelenting for millennial women, and can affect health, well-being and even memory. In reality, chronic stress can change your brain affecting brain size, structure and function.

High levels of cortisol, produced by the brain in times of stress, over long periods of time can negatively affect your brain. Over time, excess cortisol can particularly affect the part of the brain that control concentration and memory."

77% of people blamed major life changes for increasing their stress levels and ability to remember daily responsibilities.

The top five life changes which result in stress for Irish millennial women include the following:

  • Starting a new job/course (46%)
  • Having an argument with a close friend/family (42%)
  • Starting a new diet/exercise regime (41%)
  • Moving house (28%)
  • Family bereavement (22%)

Of those, 67% of women forget to take their contraception pill once or twice a month and one-third admit forgetting to take it once a week or more. 65% have considered alternative contraception methods that do not need to be taken daily.

You can find out more about your contraception options by visiting the Your Life website

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Published September 26th, 2016
Last updated January 10th, 2018
Tags contraception stress womens health
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