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Revista del Cuerpo Médico Hospital Nacional Almanzor Aguinaga Asenjo

Print version ISSN 2225-5109On-line version ISSN 2227-4731


DIAZ-VELEZ, Cristian et al. Characteristics of the use of alternative and complementary treatment in dysmenorrhea in women of fertile age. Rev. Cuerpo Med. HNAAA [online]. 2021, vol.14, n.4, pp.506-509.  Epub Dec 29, 2021. ISSN 2225-5109.


To describe the characteristics of the use of alternative and complementary treatment in dysmenorrhea in women of childbearing age in a city in northern Peru.

The study:

Cross-sectional analytical study in women of childbearing age in Mórrope, Lambayeque. Prior training on dysmenorrhea and main variables. 336 women were interviewed in their homes after accepting informed consent.


The age group of 15 to 35 years prevailed in the studied population with 83.92% (n=282), with secondary education 57.14% (n=192), more than 90% had lower/marginal socioeconomic status. Regarding dysmenorrhea, more than 30% were found to have severe/unbearable pain, whose main treatment was MAC with 82.1% (n=220). Plants were the main MAC, only finding an association of MAC use with the religion variable (p=0.023).


Women of childbearing age notoriously use CAM, such as phytotherapy, as a treatment for dysmenorrhea despite not finding relief.

Keywords : Dysmenorrhea; Premenstrual Syndrome; Complementary Therapies; Phytotherapy; Religion or Spirituality.

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