Effect of Selected Stretching Exercises on the Pain Level of Primary Dysmenorrhea among College Students


  • Manisha Kadam
  • Vidya Garad




Effect, Stretching exercise, Pain, Primary Dysmenorrhea, College, students


Dysmenorrhea is a common gynecological condition with painful menstrual cramps of uterine
origin. Primary Dysmenorrhea is widely prevalent, more than 70% of teenagers and 30-50% of
menstruating women suffer from varying degree of discomfort. The primary objectives of the study
were to assess the effect of selected stretching exercises on pain level of primary dysmenorrhea. Quasi
experimental method was used and data was collected from 40 students who have suffered from
Primary Dysmenorrhea by purposive sampling technique was used. Data was collected with the help
of VAS (Visual Analogue Scale). The result showed pain was significantly reduced after exercise on
day 1, day2, day3. i.e. Day 1 shows 43.78% reduction, day 2 shows 53.92% reduction and day 3
shows 80.14% reduction of pain. Significant difference of pain score on day 1 according to age before
exercise among college student as P<0.01 i.e. as age increases pain decreases significantly. Conclusion-
Selective stretching exercises were found to be effective in the level of dysmenorrhea among college
students. It is also proven that pain level is high on first day of menstruation than second and third.
Further studies can be conducted to see effects of pain on further aspects of life like psychological
effects. Effectiveness of interventions can be check for the association with symptoms to have a broader

Author Biographies

Manisha Kadam

Professor, Obstetrical & Gynecological Nursing, Sadhu Vaswani College of Nursing,10 -10/1,
Koregaon Road, Pune

Vidya Garad

MSc Nursing, Obstetrical & Gynecological Nursing, Sadhu Vaswani College of Nursing,10 -10/1,
Koregaon Road, Pune