FENUGREEK DECOCTION PERINEAL WASH FOR NONPREGNANT WOMEN WITH VAGINAL DISCHARGE SYMPTOMS
Background: Fenugreek seeds (Trigonella foenum-graecum. L. Leguminosae) is a traditional herbal medicine considered as one of the herbal supplements for vaginal discharge symptoms since antiquity for its antioxidant & anti-inflammatory properties.
Aim: To evaluate the effects of fenugreek seeds decoction in perineal wash among non pregnant women with vaginal discharge symptoms.
Methods: A community based interventional study was conducted among 113 non pregnant reproductive age group women who reported of vaginal discharge symptoms at the Hulimavu Arekare PHC area of Bangalore, South Karnataka was chosen to evaluate the effects of fenugreek seeds decoction perineal wash on the reduction of vaginal discharge symptoms. The Numerical Graphic Rating Scale (NGRS) was used to evaluate the subjective reports of reduction in the vaginal discharge and vulval itching with the fenugreek seeds decoction perineal wash for twenty eight consecutive days.
Results: Among the 227 women surveyed, 50% (113) reported vaginal discharge symptoms and vulval itching within the previous thirty days. There was clinically a significant reduction in the subjective reports of vaginal discharge (mean score 8.988 (SD=8.171) to 2.531 (SD=0.401) and vulval itching with mean score 8.947 (SD= 8.813) to 2.711 (SD= 0.791) severity at the end of the twenty eight days of treatment with the fenugreek decoction perineal wash, “Z”= 8.876 and “Z”= 8.621 at p<0.001 respectively. There was no significant association between the effects of fenugreek decoction perineal wash with age, duration of married life and parity. Majority of the participants (89.7%) expressed that they would recommend this fenugreek decoction perineal wash to friends and relatives who suffer with vaginal discharge symptoms.
Conclusion: Fenugreek seeds decoction perineal wash significantly reduces vaginal discharge and vulval itching with no reports of clinically significant harmful adverse effects among non pregnant child bearing women.