Effect of Aloe Vera Drink on Intensity of Dysmenorrhea in Students, Tangerang, Banten


Solihati, Nuraliyah Sugianti

 

Nursing Program Study, School of Health Sciences Yatsi, Tangerang

 

ABSTRACT

Background: WHO reported that more than 50% of women suffered dysmenorrhea in each nation. Concerning to side effects of analgetic drugs, harmless herbal therapeutic need to be considered as alternative medicine. Besides wide use of Aloe vera as cosmetics, it was also reported as a potent analgesic. This study aimed to investigate the effect of aloe vera drink on the intensity of dysmenorrhea in students at the School of Health Sciences Yatsi, Tangerang.

Subjects and Method: A quasi-experiment with one group pretest-posttest without a control group was conducted at School of Health Sciences Yatsi, Tangerang from February to March. A total of 30 female students aged 18-21 years was selected by incidental sampling, in which 5 study subjects’ unmet criteria inclusion were dropped out. The criteria inclusion were female students, unmarried, during pre-menstruation period, no recently pain reliever used, and consent to consume aloe vera drink regularly for six days. The dependent variable was the intensity of dysmenorrhea. The intensity of dysmenorrhea was measured by McGill Pain questionnaires conducted two times at three days before and day 3 of menstruation. The independent variable was aloe vera drink consumption. The data were analyzed by paired t-test.

Results: The intensity of dysmenorrhea in study subjects was reduced after treatment with aloe vera drink (Mean= 1.56; SD= 0.71) than before treatment (Mean= 2.68; SD= 0.75), and it was statistically significant (p <0.001).

Conclusion: Aloe vera drinks consumption reduce the intensity of dysmenorrhea.

Keywords: aloe vera drink, dysmenorrhea, intensity, female adolescents

Correspondence: Solihati. Nursing Program Study, School of Health Sciences Yatsi, Tangerang. Email: solyan8000@gmail.com. Mobile: 085691903637.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.26911/the7thicph.05.37

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