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1- Midwifery Department, Nursing & Midwifery Faculty, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran
2- Midwifery Department, Nursing & Midwifery Faculty, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran , geranmay@tums.ac.ir
3- Midwifery Department, Health Faculty, Berlin University of Medical Sciences, Berlin, Germany
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Aims: There is a prevalence of dysmenorrhea in women. The treatment of the disease includes medication and non-medication treatments. The non-medication treatments, such as acupressure, are recently noticed by the patients. The aim of this study was to investigate the effects of pressure on the tenth spleen point on the pain severity in the primary dysmenorrhea. 

Materials & Methods: In this one-blind random clinical trial, 100 female students with primary dysmenorrhea, who were residents of the dormitories of Tehran University of Medical Sciences, were studied in 2012. The subjects, selected via purposeful sampling method, were divided into control (n=50) and intervention (n=50) groups based on the randomization program. Data was collected by a demographic questionnaire, the pain ruler, and the visual scale. The pressure medicine and its application, the tenth spleen point, way to find the point, and its massage method were trained in intervention group. There was no intervention in control group. The pain severity was measured before the intervention and one, two, and three months after it. Data was analyzed by SPSS 16 software using Chi-square and independent T tests.   

Findings: There was no significant difference between control and intervention groups in mean pain severity (p=0.143). Therefore, the groups were the same in the pain severity. There were significant differences in the first, the second, and the third months after the intervention between the groups. In addition, there was a reduction in pain severity after 3 months in intervention group (p<0.001).

Conclusion: Pressure on the tenth spleen point is effective on the reduction of pain severity in the primary dysmenorrhea.

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Type of Study: Original | Subject: Obstetrics and Gynecology
Received: 2015/04/4 | Accepted: 2016/04/26 | Published: 2016/05/24

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