Dr. Grace Forde, an attending physician and pain management specialist at Syosset Hospital in New York, noted that a large percentage of the patients receiving the placebo also reported an improvement in their hot flashes. "Invasive procedures often have a much stronger placebo effect," she noted.
Walega estimated that the treatment, if proven effective in a larger study, would cost between $750 and $1,000.
Forde, who was not associated with the study, said she thinks the benefits of the treatment probably outweigh the risks. "You can't put a price on quality of life. I personally think it's worth it."
Because this study was presented at a medical meeting, the data and conclusions should be viewed as preliminary until published in a peer-reviewed journal.
Learn more about menopause from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
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