Investigating the effect of Sesame Ointment on Wound healing of Episiotomy

  • Najmeh Amani Babadi 2. Corresponding Author. Student of MSc Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Masoomeh Kheirkhah 1. Assistant Professor, Department of Midwifery, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Faraz Mojab 3. Department of Pharmacognosy, Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
  • Hamid Haghani 4. Department of Biostatistics, Iran University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran.
Keywords: Episiotomy, Sesame ointment, wound healing, Pain intensity


Episiotomy is one of the most common midwifery interventions method for preventing injuries to the pelvic floor during the delivery process. Traditional medicine has a special place in improving the quality of postpartum care. Sesame is one of the herbs with anti-inflammatory, anti-bacterial and antioxidant activity.  This study was evaluate the effect of sesame ointment on episiotomy healing. Methods: This randomized control clinical trial was performed on 104 eligible women. The samples were block randomly assigned to one of the groups Intervention and control. Samples were used sesame and placebo ointment for epizootics from 4 hours after delivery for ten days every 8 hours. Clinical evaluation of episiotomy ulcer was performed 4 hours, 7 and 10 days after delivery with using REEDA tool. SPSS software version 16 was used for data analysis. P value less than 0.05 was considered significant. Results: The average of wound healing rate was 7 days after episiotomy in the intervention group 0.09 ± 0.29 and in the control group was 0.73 ± 0.44. Independent t-test showed that the two groups had a significant difference (p <0.001).Healing of the wound 10 days after episiotomy showed that the mean scores in the control group (0.4 ± 0.49) and in the intervention group (0.02 ± 0.13), healing in the intervention group significantly decreased from the control group (p <0.001). Conclusion: Sesame ointment can be used as a pain relief and accelerator for episiotomy healing.


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