Mind control of menopause

Womens Health Issues. Mar-Apr 2003;13(2):74-8. doi: 10.1016/s1049-3867(02)00196-2.

Abstract

The primary objective of this study was to observe the effect of hypnosis on hot flashes (HF) and overall quality of life in symptomatic patients. A secondary objective was to observe the effect of hypnosis on fatigue. Ten healthy volunteers and four breast cancer patients (total 14 patients) with symptoms of HF were treated with four, 1 h/wk sessions of hypnosis. The same physician, with the help of a nurse, conducted every session. All subjects recorded frequency, duration, and severity of HF in a HF diary. The QLQ-C30 and Brief Fatigue Inventory forms were used to assess the impact on quality of life and fatigue, respectively. The statistical evaluations were performed, including analysis of variance and nonparametric procedures. The frequency (p < 0.0001), duration (p < 0.0001), and severity (p < 0.0001) of HF were significantly reduced. The overall quality of life was also improved (p = 0.05). The subjects enjoyed better sleep and had less insomnia (p = 0.012). There was a significant improvement on current fatigue level (p = 0.017), but we did not find a statistically significant reduction in the total fatigue level. We conclude that hypnosis appears to be a feasible and promising intervention for HF, with a potential to improve quality of life and insomnia. Although improvement in current level of fatigue was observed in this pilot study, total fatigue improvement did not reach statistical significance.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Analysis of Variance
  • Breast Neoplasms / complications
  • Fatigue / etiology
  • Fatigue / therapy*
  • Female
  • Hot Flashes / etiology
  • Hot Flashes / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis* / methods
  • Menopause / physiology*
  • Menopause / psychology
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Quality of Life*
  • Severity of Illness Index
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / etiology
  • Sleep Initiation and Maintenance Disorders / therapy*
  • Surveys and Questionnaires
  • Time Factors
  • Treatment Outcome
  • United States