Traditional Practices Self Reported by Nursing Students to Relieve Dysmenorrhea

Document Type : Original Article


1 Maternity and Neonatal Health Nursing-,Faculty of Nursing-Ain Shams University.

2 Obstetrics and Woman Health Nursing, Faculty of Nursing-Benha University.


Background: The study aimed to assess traditional practices self-reported by nursing students to
relieve dysmenorrhea. The study design was descriptive design. Setting: the study was conducted in
nursing technical secondary school at Benha university hospital. Sampling: purposive sample that
consisted of 150 students suffered from dysmenorrhea in the three years of the nursing secondary school.
Tools of data collection: structured interviewing questionnaire, knowledge assessment sheet and
assessment of used traditional practices by nursing students. Results: 64.7%of the studied sample had
unsatisfactory knowledge about dysmenorrhea, 37.1% of studied students always used many of
traditional practices to relieve dysmenorrheal and 44% of studied sample satisfied with traditional
practices used for menstrual pain relief. Conclusion: Less than two thirds of the studied students always
used many of traditional practices to relieve dysmenorrhea. The most common traditional method was
drinking natural herbs followed by taking a warm bath and massaging the abdomen as reported by
females. Recommendations: Encouraging the student females to use traditional methods in the first days
of menses for relieving dysmenorrhea.