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[Equipment] Does "for Her" make a difference?
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Hi somnia16,

It seems like the model you have is the "AirSense 10 AutoSet for Her".

As BadGoodDeb indicated, the "AirSense 10" series comes in constant pressure and automatic pressure adjustment models. The "AutoSet" in the model name tells you it has automatic pressure adjustment capability.

The "For Her" designator on the AirSense 10 AutoSet model name refers to an additional AutoSet mode designed for women. This model includes a second algorithm for adjusting the air pressure in addition to the standard AutoSet algorithm.

So the "For Her" model has all the capabilities of the standard AutoSet model plus one additional AutoSet algorithm that it uses instead of the standard algorithm when operating in "For Her" mode. Using the "For Her" machine you can choose either operating mode.

ResMed uses the "For Her" marketing label on AutoSet model machines as well as on certain masks (on masks the For Her usually implies smaller sizes). I don't think there is a "For Her" model for constant pressure machines, since there is no AutoSet algorithm in play on those machines.

The manufacturers use similar sounding model names that can be confusing. Hope the above info is helpful in sorting it out.

Now the second part of your question: Will the real CPAP please stand up?

There are two common uses of CPAP ... i.e. CPAP (versus APAP) in forum post conversations and CPAP (inclusive of CPAP and APAP) in other reference materials.

You will often find people referring to constant pressure as CPAP and automatic adjusting pressure as APAP in forum posts. That is a convenient shorthand and in context of a forum post we get that they are usually referring to Constant or Automatic mode machines.

In a different context you will read that all of these machines are referred to as CPAP machines. That's because as a type of therapy or as a type of medical appliance CPAP stands for Continuous Positive Airway Pressure (without any implication as to whether the Continuous pressure is constant or automatically adjusted).

So you can accomplish your CPAP therapy applying constant pressure (CPAP) or automatic adjusted pressure (APAP) using various types of devices which are all properly called CPAP machines.

And of course chill is right that ResMed who make an entire line of CPAP machines, decided to name one of them that is a constant pressure machine the AirSense 10 CPAP model.

clear as mud, right?

Here's more pap ... there are many PAP related terms you might encounter on the forum, including: APAP, BiPAP, CPAP, EPAP, IPAP, VPAP, and perhaps a few other XPAP shorthand terms that each have their own nuanced meanings. Dr. Seuss could have had some fun with all of these.

Saldus Miegas
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#32
Thanks, it did. My ENT is not to be trusted and he told me that the 5 was my number. I am going to be seeing a sleep specialist in September. In the meantime, once I get my mask and start again, I am adjusting it to 7/11 or thereabouts..
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My sleep clinic initially set me at 5, and since I only had "mild to moderate" apnea, that seemed fine. But after 4-5 months, I *did* start to feel suffocated, and merely stopped using the machine. (Bad idea!) A year later, when I told my Dr that, he was willing to set it to 8, but "no higher without another sleep test". So, after a year of NOT using the machine at all, I restarted, and 8 seemed fine for several years.

But recently, they gave me a newer machine, and it (the AirSense 10 Autoset) has capabilities of a range of pressures, not just a fixed setting. So I am self-experimenting with "7-11" to see what my body actually needs. If I were worse than "mild to moderate" and/or were having trouble sleeping, I would ask for another sleep study. But letting the machine regulate what I need, seems a reasonable self-help measure at this point, for me.
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