Hot flashes are very disruptive to the lives of women who suffer from them. Loss of sleep attributed to hot flashes and night sweats is responsible for, among other things, poor coordination, loss of concentration, and less closeness in bed due to body heat can also affect a couple’s sex life. All of these issues can cause a significant decrease in the quality of life.
Women face the choice between suffering with these symptoms or using hormone replacement therapy that comes with many significant side-effects such as increased risk of fractures, strokes, blood clots, heart attacks, breast and lung cancer, vaginal bleeding, and urinary incontinence.
The Northwest Clinical Research Center is considering a new form of estrogen therapy that may not incur the risks of traditional menopausal hormone therapy and is currently looking for volunteers to participate.
Potential participants must be:
Between ages 40 and 65 inclusive
Menopausal – 6-12 months of spontaneous amenorrhea (dependent upon test results)
Post hysterectomy or non-hysterectomy status are both eligible
Seeking help for moderate to severe hot flashes and/or night sweats
There is no cost to participate in this clinical study. The participant, if they qualify, will receive:
Study related medical care, including endometrial biopsy, mammogram (if not done within 9 months), pap smear, ultrasound, and lab tests
Complimentary transportation or travel stipend
In addition, study related compensation may be available