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CBT can help with a range of menopausal symptoms, says NICE

BMJ 2023; 383 doi: (Published 17 November 2023) Cite this as: BMJ 2023;383:p2711
  1. Zosia Kmietowicz
  1. The BMJ

Cognitive behavioural therapy can help to reduce menopause symptoms, including hot flushes and night sweats, depressive symptoms, and problems sleeping, the National Institute for Health and Care Excellence has said in draft updated guidance.1

Previous NICE guidance on diagnosing and treating menopause, published in 2015, only recommended considering CBT to alleviate low mood or anxiety linked with the menopause.2

But new evidence showed that CBT can also reduce the frequency and severity of hot flushes and night sweats and the extent to which they bothered women, trans men, and non-binary people registered female at birth, and should be …

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