The efficacy and safety of acupuncture in women with primary dysmenorrhea


Introduction:

Primary dysmenorrhea is defined as cramping pain during menstruation without any identifiable pelvic pathology,[1] and it affects most women throughout the menstrual years.[2] Many studies have reported that the prevalence of primary dysmenorrhea varied from approximately 50% to 90%,[3–6] and 13% to 51% had to limit daily activities, such as school or work absenteeism.

Conclusion:

The results of this study suggest that acupuncture might reduce menstrual pain and associated symptoms more effectively compared to no treatment or NSAIDs, and the efficacy could be maintained during a short-term follow-up period. Despite limitations due to the low quality and methodological restrictions of the included studies, acupuncture might be used as an effective and safe treatment for females with primary dysmenorrhea.

https://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC5999465/

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