Prema.S, Dr. Pushpamala Ramaiah, Dr. Lamiaa Ahmed Elsayed, Dr. Ibtesam Nomani
Abstract: Primary dysmenorrhea is one of the most prevalent debilitating problems in reproductive ages. A general lack of understanding about the particular needs of Indian adolescents, specifically adolescent girls, persists in India and the wider global community. Adolescence group is viewed as an opportune time to practice healthy living habits and prevent future health complication. Aim of the study This study was aimed to identify the effect of reflexology on the relief of dysmenorrhea with premenstrual syndrome. Research design True experimental research design was adopted and the study sample was chosen by simple random sampling technique. Study population was the students studying in P.D.B. Government Higher Secondary School, Krishnagiri District and P.B.A.Government Girls High School, Tamilnadu. Dysmenorrhea symptoms scale was used to assess the symptoms among adolescent girls. The data was collected after obtaining the permission from concerned administrative personnel of the School. Results The main outcome of this study was severity of dysmenorrhea, which was measured using a visual analog scale and pain rating index. Using these evaluation tools, the participants rated the severity of their dysmenorrhea before the start of intervention and again after each of three consecutive menstrual cycles. Comparing the two groups the results showed that reflexology was more effective in reducing pain intensity and duration.
Keywords: Dysmenorrhea, Foot Reflexology, Premenstrual syndrome, Pain rating Index, Visual Analog scale