Hypnosis in Reproductive Health Care: A Review and Case Reports

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  • David A. Baram MD

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    1. David Baram is Associate Professor, Departments of Obstetrics and Gynecology and Psychiatry at the University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry in Rochester, New York.
      Address correspondence to the author; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Box 668, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642.
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Address correspondence to the author; Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology, University of Rochester School of Medicine and Dentistry, Box 668, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642.

Abstract

ABSTRACT: Hypnosis has many applications in the field of reproductive health care. This paper describes its use in the treatment of sexual dysfunction, urinary incontinence, chronic pelvic pain, hyperemesis gravidarum, and pain relief in labor and delivery. Four case reports are used for illustration. Misconceptions about the risks and benefits of hypnosis are discussed. Information about training for clinicians in hypnosis is described.

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