Is it possible to manage hot flushes in a natural way? The science says yes! Many studies have proved that a technique called Cognitive Behaviour Therapy can really help. So let’s take a closer look…
What is CBT?
Cognitive behaviour therapy – or CBT to you and me – is a range of talking therapies based on the theory that thoughts, feelings, what we do and how our body feels are all connected. It works on the premise that if we change one of these, we can alter the others. “Several studies, in the UK and the Netherlands, with over 600 women, have shown that the CBT significantly reduces the impact of hot flushes and night sweats, and has additional benefits to mood and quality of life.” Professor Myra Hunter, Emeritus Professor of Clinical Health Psychology at King’s College London. Professor Hunter is the UK’s top expert in cognitive behaviour therapy for hot flushes, and has created an guide for Health & Her that explains how you can use CBT techniques to manage your symptoms. As the CBT works on lots of menopause symptoms, we’d recommend that you read the full story – it’s an interesting 10-minute read that explains how the technique works, and how you can get started practicing it at home or with the support of a specialist. Read CBT for menopause here. We will be adding more info and practical worksheets to this page soon – so keep checking back!
Did you know?
You might have seen women exploring CBT during the BBC programme ‘The Truth About… The Menopause’ with Mariella Frostrup? Professor Myra Hunter was the expert featured.
Products that will help you take the next step
Find a cognitive behavioural self-help guide to the menopause here: MANAGING HOT FLUSHES AND NIGHT SWEATS BY MYRA HUNTER
Where to take the next step
Read CBT for menopause Watch The Truth About… The Menopause – information about CBT in practice starts at 21:12. Talk to your GP about CBT – they may be able to refer you to a specialist. For a private CBT therapist, visit the British Association for Behavioural and Cognitive Psychotherapy to find an accredited CBT therapist.