Just Added! Hot Flash Hypnosis Webinar Jan. 12 & Jan. 19, 2013 from 10 AM-11 AM, PST. This webinar class will  teach self-hypnosis for women who experience discomfort from perimenopausal hot flashes. Only $19.95 to attend. Email dr.amymarshsexologist@gmail.com for details and registration links through Creative Sexuality’s new website and learning platform.

Cool! I’m sure a lot of other female hypnotists figured this out on their own – but science has just confirmed it. News has traveled fast in the last couple weeks, and everyone seems to be talking or blogging about the new study from Baylor University. This is the latest in a series of studies which show how hypnosis helps postmenopausal women who suffer from hot flashes. In fact, the women experienced significant relief from the frequency and intensity of hot flashes through the regular use of hypnosis.

I know from personal experience that hot flashes are miserable and uncomfortable. They can disrupt your sleep, your social life, even your sex life – for months, if not years! My worst hot flash experiences took place before I learned hypnosis, during a summer I spent in a hot, windowless library, cataloging adult film slides at IASHS. This was somewhat excruciating, though it makes a good story. A few years later, I eventually figured out I could “cool down” with self-hypnosis. So I’m glad to see that peer-reviewed studies now validate this use of hypnosis for other hot-flashing women.

Based on the encouraging results of the studies below, and my own experiences and training, I am now offering a 5-week hypnosis program for women suffering from hot flashes, and am in the process of developing a 2-hour educational webinar. Later I’d like to create a series of groups for women in the San Francisco Bay Area.

Results of the New Study Shows Hypnosis Reducing Hot Flashes 74-80%

The results of this latest study are very exciting! Baylor University’s Mind-Body Medicine Research Laboratory studied 187 women who had at least seven hot flashes daily. The women in the hypnosis group reported an average of “74% fewer hot flashes” after five weekly hypnosis sessions, and twelve weeks of daily practice with a hypnosis CD. The comparision group only reported a 17% reduction. The reduction in hot flashes was based on self-reports of perceived hot flashes as well as physiological verification. The study was published online by Dr. Gary Elkins et. al. in Menopause, Oct. 22, 2012.

Hypnosis for Breast Cancer Survivors Who Suffer from Early Menopause (and All Its Miseries…)

I found out about this earlier study when I was writing my Ed.D. project in 2010. In 2008, Dr. Elkins et. al. focused on breast cancer survivors who had been given drugs which cause an early menopause. “Randomized trial of a hypnosis intervention for treatment of hot flashes among breast cancer survivors” was published in the Journal of Oncology, Nov. 1, 2008. This study concluded “hypnosis appears to reduce perceived hot flashes in breast cancer survivors and may have additional benefits such as reduced anxiety and depression, and improved sleep” (Abstract). The women who completed the study with five weekly sessions of hypnosis reported 68% reduction in hot flashes.

I see this area as a particularly frutiful one for the emerging field of “sexological hypnosis.”