Are you a woman going through menopause?

Thursday, December 15 2016

Study Title: "Cognitive Behavioural Therapy for Menopausal Symptoms: A Randomized Controlled Trial."

The menopausal transition is a time when women experience significant hormonal changes which can lead to many physical and psychological symptoms that can be quite distressing. These symptoms can include hot flashes, night sweats, difficulties with mood/depression, anxiety, sleep difficulties, urogenital and sexual concerns. The majority of treatments for menopausal symptoms are medication-based and not feasible for women who cannot, or choose not, to take medication. At the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic, St. Joseph’s Healthcare Hamilton, we are offering a psychological and behavioural treatment for menopausal symptoms. The treatment takes a Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) Approach to treating menopausal symptoms. It consists of 12 sessions of CBT in a small-group format. The main focus of the treatment is to address hot flashes/night sweats and mood difficulties, both of which are highly prevalent during the menopausal transition. Additionally, the treatment also targets other common menopausal symptoms including sleep problems, anxiety, urogenital and sexual concerns.

The Women’s Health Concerns Clinic is looking for women ages 40-60 who are:

a) Menopausal or have irregular cycles

b) Experiencing hot flashes and/or night sweats

c) Experiencing mood difficulties or depression

d) Experiencing other common symptoms in menopause (e.g., sleep problems, anxiety, sexual or urogenital concerns)

e) In otherwise good health

If you are interested in participating, please contact Eleanor by phone (905) 522-1155 ext. 39064 or by e-mail at edonegan@stjoes.ca.

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