Auriculotherapy effect on the duration and severity of dysmenorrhea in women attending obstetric clinic of Mehr-e-Madar in Isfahan

Valiani, M.; Dadkhah, H.
June 2014
Iranian Journal of Reproductive Medicine;Jun2014 Supplement, Vol. 12, p48
Academic Journal
Introduction: Dysmenorrhea is a common problem for women. According to Tavalaee et al study, prevalence of dysmenorrhea was reported 91% in Iran. Dysmenorrhea can affect women's quality of life. Given the prevalence of dysmenorrhea and its side effects, this study aimed to determine the effect of auriculotherapy on the duration and severity of dysmenorrhea was applied. Materials and Methods: This study is a randomized clinical trial. The study population consisted of women of Isfahan in the sample of patients with dysmenorrhea, referred obstetric clinic of Mehr-e-Madar. A total of 19 patients randomly were asked to complete questionnaires. Data were collected by questionnaire and VAS index. Data analyzed was performed by descriptive and analytical statistics (SPSS 16). Results: In 19 cases, the mean age and age at menarche were 31 and 13 years and BMI23.57and the average auriculotherapy sessions, 8 sessions were calculated. Paired t-test showed that the length of the menstrual cycle (p<0.047), duration (p<0.035) and menstrual pain (p<0.001) after the intervention has decreased. Wilcoxon test also showed that the amount of medication (p<0.003) and stress (p<0.001) were significantly decreased and the level of freshness and vitality (p<0.005), mood (p<0.008) and hair growth (p<0.046) was also significantly increased. The auriculotherapy average duration of sustainability was 5.5 months. Conclusion: Auriculotherapy effects on the duration and severity of dysmenorrhea, mood, vitality and growth of hair and this method can be used as a complementary and alternative medicine in patients with dysmenorrhea.


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