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Hypnosis, Obstetrics, and Gynecology

A review of research exploring the use of hypnosis in obstetrics and gynecology conducted at the University of Rochester, School of Medicine and Dentistry found hypnosis beneficial for sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, persistent nausea and vomiting during pregnancy, and pain relief in labor and delivery. Also, a study at the University of Vermont College of Medicine found that motivated subjects treated with hypnosis have a statistically significant higher incidence of fetal conversion from breech to vertex presentation.

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  • Baram, D. Hypnosis in reproductive healthcare: A review and case reports. Birth. 2007; 22(1): 37-42. Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, NY, USA.

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