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Research Article

Efficacy of Acupuncture versus Combined Oral Contraceptive Pill in Treatment of Moderate-to-Severe Dysmenorrhea: A Randomized Controlled Trial

Table 3

Mean (SD) change from baseline of outcome variables in intention-to-treat analysis between acupuncture (ACU) and combined oral contraceptive (COC) pill groups.

Outcome variableTreatment groupCycle 1-0Cycle 2-0Cycle 3-0

Maximal dysmenorrhea pain scores (NRS)ACU−1.74 (1.61)−2.00 (1.88)−2.30 (1.90)
COC−2.92 (2.44)−3.84 (2.74)−3.88 (2.52)

Number of days per cycle suffering from dysmenorrhea (days)ACU−0.48 (1.28)−0.63 (1.39)−0.89 (1.48)
COC−0.96 (1.30)−1.16 (1.28)−1.08 (1.32)

Amount of rescue analgesic used for relief of dysmenorrhea (tablets) ACU−2.26 (2.97)−1.74 (3.25)−1.96 (2.21)
COC−1.8 (3.92)−1.28 (4.42)−2.52 (3.04)

Quality of life assessed by SF36 (overall score)ACUNDND12.38 (13.21)
COCNDND14.20 (14.43)

Values statistically different from the ACU group ( < 0.05, Student’s -test). NRS: numeric rating scale; ND: not determined.

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