THE EFFECTIVENESS OF ABDOMINAL STRETCHING EXERCISE ON MENSTRUAL PAIN LEVEL IN STUDENTS OF SEMESTER VIII PRODI S1 NURSING UNIVERSITY NU SURABAYA

Ratna Yunita Sari

Abstract


Menstrual pain may interference daily activities. One way of non-pharmakological
treatmeant to reduce menstrual pain by doing abdominal stretching exercise. The purpose of this study
to find out the effectiveness of abdominal stretching exercise against menstrual pain level. Study
design is Pre Experimental approaches One -group pre - post test design, the population 15 students
of semester VIII who had menstrual pain and willing to become respondents. Using total sampling
technique. analysis of data use the Wilcoxon signed rank test with α < 0.05. Study results showed from
15 respondents, most of them 8 (53.3 %) respondents had moderate menstrual pain level before
abdominal stretching exercise was given and almost a half 7 (46.7 %) respondents had mild menstrual
pain level after abdominal stretching exercise was given. Wilcoxon signed rank test got P=0.002 < α
0,05 so H0 is rejected, means abdominal stretching exercise is effective for decreasing menstrual pain
levels. Abdominal stretching exercise effective in decreasing menstrual pain level. Expected nurses
can participate in providing health education to perform abdominal stretching exercise as a nonpharmacological
therapy in reducing menstrual pain .
Keywords : Abdominal Stretching Exercise, Menstrual Pain Level, Dysmenorhea

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