Effects of applied relaxation on vasomotor symptoms in postmenopausal women: a randomized controlled trial
2013 (English)In: Menopause: The Journal of the North American Menopause, ISSN 1072-3714, E-ISSN 1530-0374, Vol. 20, no 4, 401-408 p.Article in journal (Refereed) Published
Objective: This work aimed to study the efficacy of group therapy with applied relaxation on vasomotor symptoms and health-related quality of life in postmenopausal women. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanMethods: In this open, randomized controlled trial, 60 healthy postmenopausal women with at least seven moderate to severe hot flashes per 24 hours were randomized to either group therapy with applied relaxation (n = 33) or untreated control group (n = 27) for 12 weeks. A follow-up visit was scheduled 3 months after the end of therapy or participation in the control group. Salivary cortisol was measured three times during a 6-month period. Hot flashes were recorded in self-registered diaries, and health-related quality of life was assessed with the Womens Health Questionnaire. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanResults: The number of hot flashes decreased by 5.0 per 24 hours in the applied relaxation group compared with 1.9 in the control group on the 12th week (P andlt; 0.001) and still remained at the same level at the 3-month follow-up (P andlt; 0.001). Health-related quality of life for vasomotor symptoms, sleep, and memory improved significantly on the 12th week measurement in the applied relaxation group compared with the control group. Salivary cortisol concentration was lowered markedly in the applied relaxation group on a single measurement but was otherwise mainly stable in both groups. less thanbrgreater than less thanbrgreater thanConclusions: Applied relaxation can be used to treat vasomotor symptoms in healthy postmenopausal women.
Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
Lippincott, Williams and Wilkins , 2013. Vol. 20, no 4, 401-408 p.
Randomized controlled trial, Menopause, Hot flashes, Applied relaxation, Health-related quality of life, Salivary cortisol
Medical and Health Sciences
IdentifiersURN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-91934DOI: 10.1097/gme.0b013e318272ce80ISI: 000316800700008OAI: oai:DiVA.org:liu-91934DiVA: diva2:619788
Funding Agencies|County Council of Ostergotland||Swedish Federation of Gynecology and Obstetrics||2013-05-062013-05-062014-08-26