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Application of Honey to Reduce Perineal Laceration Pain during the Postpartum Period : A Randomized Controlled Trial

Published inHealthcare, vol. 10, no. 8, 1515
Publication date2022-08-11
First online date2022-08-11

Perineal lacerations affect between 35 and 85% of women during childbirth and may be responsible for postpartum pain. Honey has been demonstrated to have interesting properties that can promote wound healing. The aim was to evaluate the effectiveness of the application of honey to the perineum to reduce perineal pain during the early postpartum period. A randomized controlled trial including 68 women was conducted. In the intervention group, honey was applied to perineal lacerations for four days, in addition to standard care. The control group received only standard care. The primary outcome was pain intensity using the Visual Analog Scale and pain perception using the McGill Pain Questionnaire (QDSA). The secondary outcomes were a burning sensation, the use of a pain killer, and the women's satisfaction with the honey application. The intensity of pain was not significantly different between the groups on Day 1 (VAS 3.38 in the control group versus 3.34 in the intervention group,p= 0.65) or on Day 4 (VAS 2.28 versus 1.41, respectively,p= 0.09). There was no significant difference regarding the perception of pain with the QDSA. Despite this, most of the women in the intervention group (93%) were satisfied or very satisfied with the use of honey on their perineum.

  • Childbirth
  • Episiotomy
  • Honey
  • Pain
  • Perineum
  • Postpartum
  • Randomized controlled trial
  • Tears
Citation (ISO format)
GEROSA, Désirée et al. Application of Honey to Reduce Perineal Laceration Pain during the Postpartum Period : A Randomized Controlled Trial. In: Healthcare, 2022, vol. 10, n° 8, p. 1515. doi: 10.3390/healthcare10081515
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