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Hypnotic Relaxation Improves Sexual Functioning in Postmenopausal Women

23 Mar

Researchers from Baylor University and the University of Michigan examined the effect of hypnotic relaxation therapy on sexual dysfunction in postmenopausal women. This was a secondary outcome from a larger randomized, controlled trial.

Sexual dysfunction was measured by the Sexual Activity Questionnaire (SAQ).

Significant improvement in sexual pleasure, and remediation of discomfort were reported after five weekly sessions of hypnotic relaxation therapy, as compared to those in the attention control group.

Total SAQ scores showed significant improvement in the hypnotic relaxation therapy treatment group while holding baseline SAQ scores constant. Improvements showed a slight increase at the Week 12 follow-up.

The investigators conclude that their analysis of the results show initial support for the use of hypnotic relaxation therapy to improve sexual function in postmenopausal women. 

Citation: Johnson AK, Johnson AJ, Barton D, Elkins G. Hypnotic Relaxation Therapy and Sexual Function in Postmenopausal Women: Results of a Randomized Clinical Trial. International Journal of Clinical and Experimental Hypnosis. 2016;64 (2):pp.213-24.

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Belleruth Naparstek

Psychotherapist, author and guided imagery pioneer Belleruth Naparstek is the creator of the popular Health Journeys guided imagery audio series. Her latest book on imagery and posttraumatic stress, Invisible Heroes: Survivors of Trauma and How They Heal (Bantam Dell), won the Spirituality & Health Top 50 Books Award