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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2016 Nov;25:81-86. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.08.008. Epub 2016 Aug 17.

The effect of aromatherapy with lavender essence on severity of labor pain and duration of labor in primiparous women.

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1
Department of Midwifery, Faculty of Midwifery and Assistant Professor, Alborz University of Medical Sciences, Karaj, IR Iran.
2
Department of Reproductive Health, School of Nursing and Midwifery, Tehran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address: pirak.arezoo@yahoo.com.

Abstract

OBJECTIVE:

The aim of this study was to investigate the effect of Lavender essence inhalation on severity of labor pain and duration of labor.

METHODS AND MATERIALS:

This single-blind, randomized clinical trial was conducted on 120 pregnant women in two groups. The experimental group received 2 drops of Lavender essence inhaled at three stages (4-5, 6-7, 8-9 cm cervical dilation) and severity of the labor pain and duration of labor was measured before and after intervention. The control group was treated with distilled water as a placebo in the similar ways, too.

RESULTS:

The results showed that difference in the labor pain before and after intervention in two groups was significant (P = 0/001). But there was no difference in mean duration of the active phase and the second stage of labor between the two groups.

CONCLUSION:

Lavender essence aromatherapy may be an effective therapeutic option for pain management for women in labor.

KEYWORDS:

Aromatherapy; Labor pain; Lavender essence; Primiparous women

PMID:
27863615
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2016.08.008
[Indexed for MEDLINE]

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