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Am J Obstet Gynecol. 1992 Aug;167(2):436-9.

Behavioral treatment of menopausal hot flushes: evaluation by ambulatory monitoring.

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Lafayette Clinic, Detroit, MI 48207.

Abstract

OBJECTIVES:

We attempted to develop an effective behavioral treatment for menopausal hot flushes and to determine the active behavioral components of this procedure.

STUDY DESIGN:

Thirty-three women with frequent menopausal hot flushes were randomly assigned to receive eight sessions of training in paced respiration, muscle relaxation, or alpha-wave electroencephalographic biofeedback (placebo control). Hot flushes were objectively measured by means of 24-hour ambulatory monitoring of the sternal skin conductance level.

RESULTS:

Subjects undergoing paced respiration had significant reductions in hot flush frequency and respiration rate, as well as increases in tidal volume.

CONCLUSION:

Paced respiration training may be a useful treatment alternative for the reduction of hot flushes in women who cannot tolerate hormone replacement therapy.

PMID:
1497048
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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