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Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Menopause Symptoms

Cognitive Behavioral Therapy for Menopause Symptoms


Green SM, Haber E, McCabe RE, Soares CN. Cognitive-behavioral group treatment for menopausal symptoms: a pilot study. Arch Womens Ment Health. 2013 April 21 [Epub ahead of print]. Level of evidence: II-2.

In this pilot study, researchers developed a cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) program for treating menopause symptoms in midlife. They ran two 10-week pilot groups of four participants each. Participants were referred through the Women’s Health Concerns Clinic and community advertising.

A reduction in frequency and interference associated with hot flashes, depression, anxiety, and an overall improvement in quality of life were confirmed in the study. Over the course of the treatment, there was a trend in the reduction of sleep difficulties and sexual concerns. Researchers describe their pilot program as a promising alternative or complementary treatment for physical and emotional symptoms common during menopause.

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