Noninvasive Neurotechnology Could Reduce Menopause Symptoms

Neurotechnology for Menopause Symptoms
Neurotechnology for Menopause Symptoms

(HealthDay News) — A noninvasive neurotechnology for autocalibration of neural oscillations is associated with a reduction in menopause-related symptoms, according to a study published online February 9 in Menopause.

Charles H. Tegeler, MD, from the Wake Forest School of Medicine in Winston-Salem, NC, and colleagues examined outcomes associated with use of HIgh-resolution, Relational, Resonance-based Electroencephalic Mirroring (HIRREM) by women with perimenopausal and postmenopausal hot flashes (median age, 56 years). Data were collected for 12 women with hot flashes who underwent a median of 13 intervention sessions for a median of 9.5 days. Daily diaries were used to record hot flash frequency and severity.

The researchers observed a −0.97 median change in hot flash severity score (P=0.015). Changes of −8.5 and −5.5 points were noted in sleep and depression scores, respectively. For right and left temporal high-frequency brain electrical activity, the median sum of amplitudes was 8.44 µV at baseline, with a median change of −2.96 µV by the final session (P=0.0005).

"Hot flash frequency and severity, symptoms of insomnia and depression, and temporal high-frequency brain electrical activity decrease after HIRREM," the authors write. "Larger controlled trials with longer follow-up are warranted."

One author is an employee of Brain State Technologies.

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