A pilot investigation of guided self-hypnosis in the treatment of hot flashes among postmenopausal women

Int J Clin Exp Hypn. 2013;61(3):342-50. doi: 10.1080/00207144.2013.784112.


Previous research has demonstrated that a hypnotic intervention can reduce hot flashes, a significant problem for some women. Based on the authors' previous research, the present study was developed to evaluate the feasibility of a guided self-hypnosis intervention for hot flashes. Thirteen postmenopausal women received 5 sessions of guided self-hypnosis in which all hypnotic inductions were recordings. Guidance regarding symptom monitoring, individualization of mental imagery, and practice of self-hypnosis were provided. Hot flashes were determined through diaries. Results indicated average frequency of hot flashes decreased by 72% (p < .001) and hot-flash scores decreased by 76% (p < .001) on average. Guided self-hypnosis reduced perceived hot flashes in the pilot study with postmenopausal women supporting the possible feasibility and potential benefit of the intervention.

Publication types

  • Clinical Trial
  • Research Support, N.I.H., Extramural

MeSH terms

  • Female
  • Hot Flashes / psychology
  • Hot Flashes / therapy*
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Middle Aged
  • Pilot Projects
  • Self Care / methods
  • Self Care / psychology