What is MsFLASH?
Menopause Strategies: Finding Lasting Answers for Symptoms and Health (MSFLASH) is a network of several research studies looking at promising treatments for the most common symptoms of menopause. Women troubled by hot flashes and night sweats during the years around menopause want safe, effective treatment options. To help explore these options, the National institutes of Health has established the MsFLASH research network. MsFLASH was specifically designed to study promising new treatments for alleviating menopausal symptoms.
Who can join the MsFLASH studies?
You may be able to join one of the MsFLASH studies if you are:
- A woman 40-62 years old
- Having frequent bothersome hot flashes
- Past menopause or going through menopausal transition
- Not taking female hormones, birth control pills, or other treatments to help with hot flashes
- Living in one of the following metropolitan areas:
- San Francisco
Where are the MsFLASH centers located?
The MsFLASH network consists of five clinical research centers located at research institutions around the country:
What are the MsFLASH studies?
The MsFLASH network is conducting randomized clinical trials to test a variety of approaches for treating
menopausal symptoms, such as hot flashes, sleep disturbance, mood disorder, and sexual function. The
approaches being studied are:
All study participants are asked to complete a few study questionnaires, provide a few blood samples, and
keep a daily record of their hot flashes. The length of time you will be in the study depends on which
study you join. The total time commitment varies for each of the studies from 24 to 48 months.
If you agree to join us, you will be scheduled for a few screening contacts to see which of the studies you may be eligible for in your area.
Not all studies are being conducted in all five areas, and no studies are currently recruiting.
Why are these studies important?
Few studies have focused on health concerns unique to women. Being a part of this important project will
help women learn more about ways to treat the symptoms of menopause. Study participants will also help doctors develop better ways to treat other women as they go through the menopause transition.
Who is sponsoring the MsFLASH network?
The MsFLASH network is led by the National Institute on Aging (NIA) in collaboration with the Eunice
Kenndey Shriver National Institute of Child Health and Human Development (HICHD), the National Center for
Complementary and Alternative Medicine (NCCAM), and the Office of Research on Women’s Health (ORWH), all
parts of the NIH. The MsFLASH network will be coordinated by principal investigators Andrea Z. LaCroix,
PhD, and Katherine Guthrie, PhD, both of the Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center in Seattle.