How Does The TENS Machine Work?
The TENS machines works for four reasons, which are:
What Does the Research Say?
This study compared the percentage of severe pain scores reported by those without a TENS versus those with a TENS...
49% of people not using a TENS at 4cm dilated said their pain was severe
At the same time, only 20% of people using a TENS at 4cm dilated said their pain was severe
Findings: The mean of the severity of labor pain indicated a statistically significant difference after the intervention. The severity of pain indicated a statistically significant difference in the second stage of labor, and 4 hours after the labor in the groups. The duration of the first stage of labor was significantly different between the groups.
Conclusion: The application of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation affected pain relief in the first and second stages of labor and 4 hours after labor.
This study compared the percentage of high pain scores from one group of people, measuring the scores before using a TENS and then 30 minutes after using a TENS...
Before using a TENS, 83% of people said their pain was a seven or higher
After using a TENS for only 30 minutes, only 20% of people said their pain was a seven or higher
Conclusion: TENS produces a significant decrease in pain during labour and postpones the need for pharmacological analgesia for pain relief.
This study compares the use of TENS machine to Pethidine/Demerol (a pharmacological pain relief option used in hospitals), where it was found that TENS offered the same level of pain relief as this common drug...
Researchers in Egypt randomly assigned 100 people in active labour to either receive low-intensity TENS applied to the back, or to receive Pethidine/Demerol, which is an injectable narcotic. TENS was used in the experimental group until the participants reached 10 centimetres dilation.
They found a decrease in pain scores in both groups, but there was no significant difference between the groups. Forty-eight hours after the birth, the people who were randomly assigned to receive TENS during labor were much more satisfied with their birth, on average, compared to the people who received the injectable pain medication. Of those who received TENS, 83% reported being satisfied, compared with only 10% of those who received Demerol.
In addition to low satisfaction, the people who received Demerol also reported side effects such as drowsiness, nausea and vomiting. Babies in the Demerol group also had lower Apgar scores after birth. There were no bad side effects reported in the TENS group.
Just a Few of Our Fav Reviews
We get so many beautiful reviews, and here are a few of our favourites that we've received with photos, too! Press '+' to see the reviews.
Couldn't have given birth without it!
"With the TENS machine, my first birth was spontaneous, vaginal and unmedicated. I used it from early labour all the way to pushing, and even had it on when I birthed my placenta and got my stitches done. The amazing part is, even at the peak of my contraction pain, I never reached the machine's highest intensity level! We are planning to have another baby and I will definitely hire again!"
It was bliss!
"After being in denial I was in labour all day, I got excited to finally put the tens machine to use. It was bliss! I used it at home whilst using swaying movements. I then transferred to the hospital and relied on it to get me through my contractions when they started to ramp up before hoping in the bath. Highly recommend!! The whole process of hiring through the birth store was a breeze, which added to my whole positive birth experience!"
I got my money’s worth x10 hiring this machine
"My second time hiring a TENS & first time through @thebirthstore. It was such a seamless, professional and no stress process ordering, receiving and returning it! My two labour’s using the TENS ended up being my only form of pain relief - aside from swaying and keeping upright (I couldn’t bring myself to take it off to hop in water haha!) and truly felt it’s what got me through. I had fast precipitous labours, so pretty intense from the get go and still found that instant relief so I personally don’t feel their is a ‘too late’ part of labour to pop it on! If anyone’s not sure ‘if it’s working’ don’t boost for one contraction and you will soon realise how much relief it provides haha! With my third bub I decided to use the TENS to provide relief from those nasty afterbirth pains (that very much do get worse with each bub!) I got my money’s worth x10 hiring this machine 🙂"
I had removed my TENS machine for a few minutes and instantly regretted it
"The TENS machine was a life saver in the early parts of labour and I would 10/10 recommend. So easy to use, the battery was fantastic, it really helped me rest and prepare myself. I will be hiring again if we have another baby."
Jaz (1st birth)
After hiring the TENS machine in 2021, I knew it was necessary!
"I had my TENS running the whole labour and don’t think I could’ve done it all natural without it! Also thank you for making pick up of the machine so easy, I managed to get just before Christmas which really was just in time!!! Incredible service ❤️"
Jaz (2nd birth)
A miracle worker
"The TENS Machine was a miracle worker for my labour as I was induced my contractions where so strong and it was exactly what I needed! Couldn’t recommend The Birth Store enough! Thank you x"
"I hired a TENS machine for my labour and birth after hearing about them online and through my midwife. I laboured 0-10 with nothing but the TENS and gas, it definitely helped alleviate some of the pain (as I noticed when I forgot to press boost mid contraction 😅). Nice and easy to use, the lanyard meant I could have it nearby at all times and didn’t have to worry about remembering to carry it when I moved around. The postage was quick and it was all packaged really nicely! Super easy free return postage provided as well meant I had one less task to do with my newborn, when I posted it off it was as easy as going to a post box! Would definitely hire again and have also recommended to friends who have gone ahead and hired their own TENS. Thank you for helping me have a positive birth experience!"
"Amazing service, arrived as planned. TENS assisted through 32 hours labouring medication free at home. A great tool!"
TEN out of TENS!
"After worrying I was going to go into labour early, I was so relieved when my package arrived early. Turned out I was 4 days over. A very short labour relieved by the TENS, before a quick delivery in the water. The whole process of booking, automated reminders for returns/offer to extend, and the return bag with clear simple instructions - one less thing I had to worry about in my baby bubble. Thank you for making me feel empowered, and supported to surrender to birth!"
"Ahhh I can’t imagine labour without the TENS it made the super intense surges and ride to the hospital manageable !!! Best investment in my birth kit!"
It will change your labour experience!
I absolutely loved the tens machine! Made my labour so much more manageable and helped so much with the pain! I have recommended to everyone and will continue to as it really helped me feel in control and helped so much! Don’t hesitate, definitely get this as it will change your labour experience!
I can't believe the difference it made
“Huge thank you to The Birth Store for TENS Hire. Having had three children in my younger years, I had high intervention births and knew I wanted my fourth baby's birth to be different. After learning all about Hypnobirthing and hiring the TENS machine, I achieved a 5 hour labour. I used the TENS for most of those 5 hours and cant believe the difference it made in those first few hours of surges. For anyone looking for natural relief, I highly recommend the TENS & The Birth Store to join you in your birthing journey.”