Department of Psychiatry

Penn Behavioral Health

Research Studies

Menopause Research Studies



Women who enter menopause due to surgical removal of their ovaries are at an increased risk for difficulties with executive function. Executive functioning includes cognitive tasks such as decision-making, memory and attention, problem solving, and mental flexibility. 

The My Memory study is aiming to recruit otherwise healthy women between the ages of 30-60 who have already undergone surgically induced menopause by oophorectomy or hysterectomy within the past 10 years.

The purpose of this study is to look at the relationship between a drug called Vyvanse® and a placebo pill (sugar pill) on the cognition of women in this group. Study participation includes cognitive testing, non-contrast brain imaging and one blood draw.

Women may meet criteria for study participation if they:

  • Are between 30-60 years old
  • Went through surgically-induced menopause within the last 10 years
  • Are currently experiencing cognitive difficulties since going through menopause
  • Are not currently experiencing depression or anxiety symptoms
  • Are not alcohol or drug abusers
  • Do not have implanted metallic devices
  • Are right-handed

All women who complete study participation will also have the opportunity to meet with one of our study MDs for a consultation regarding stimulant treatment and can receive a personalized treatment plan.

Please call Emily for more information today at 215-573-8873

Click here to download a brochure about study participation.

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