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- We recommend selecting the 8-week hire to start the date you'll be 35 weeks; once it arrives, this allows 4 weeks on either side of your due date
- If you're already further along, you can choose the 6 or 4-week hire, though we recommend receiving it ASAP and allowing 4 weeks after your due date
- Shipping times don't come off your hire time; we have a 1-week shipping buffer, so your 4, 6 or 8-week hire starts 1-week after we send it
- If your date is greyed out, we are booked for that date. You can check back each weekday at lunchtime and more may become available. If your dates are available now, we recommend hiring ASAP - we book out far in advance and recommend that you book your TENS by the time you're 30 weeks pregnant to ensure you don't miss out
IMPORTANT NOTE: Unless you purchase the money-back guarantee your TENS hire cannot be refunded if you don't get to use it. Please give yourself as much time as possible before you're due to ensure you have it ready.
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Elle TENS Plus Manual
What is the TENS Machine?
Answering your biggest questions about the TENS machine!
The TENS machine helps distract your mind, build endorphins (our body's natural pain relievers) and flood your nervous system, limiting your ability to send pain signals to your spinal cord and brain.
Our brain can only focus on so much information at a time; once your brain is at capacity, it will shut out the signals that haven't reached it yet. The nerve signals from the TENS machine essentially take up that 'room' in your brain, so there is less 'room' for the pain to be received.
Your TENS is super easy to use, you just have someone place the electrodes on your back, as shown here, pop the batteries in the machine and then plug the wires into the machine and electrodes.
From there, you just turn it on and using the +/- buttons you
turn the power up or down as you'd like, depending on what feels comfortable for you.
It is recommended to start using it as early as you can when you're in labour, we recommend using it as soon as you think you're in labour.
The TENS machine shouldn't hurt you; you are in total control of the sensation you're feeling. Our TENS machines have varying power levels, meaning you can always power right down if needed.
Your machine will automatically start on a medium level of power as this is the preferred option and feels like a soft buzz or tingle for most people. However, a button on your machine (OM +/-) will allow you to turn the machine down to an even lower level. This will all be easily explained in the manual, which can be found at the start of the page.
Yes! That's the best thing; it is a non-invasive and safe pain relief option that will give you genuine support in labour.
There are no known risks to you and your baby besides the rare risk of allergic reaction to the electrodes. With the exception of a few medical conditions or situations which may mean you shouldn't use the TENS.
We recommend reading the contraindications in the manual before using your machine; for up-to-date info you can find the link to your manual on this page above.
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.
This machine saved me! I was in labour for 3 days prior to giving birth it didn’t come off except to shower during that time and I definitely noticed a difference in the shower I just wanted it back on!
The TENS machine took me from my first few contractions through to just before my active labour. They played a huge part in having the labour I wanted by allowing me to stay home as long as possible. I used it right up until I started feeling the urge to push and it was time to hop in the bath. My only regret is not getting one for my first birth (this was my second).
Loved the tens machine in my labour. Thanks to the TENS I was able to achieve a successful VBAC. I wished I had it in my first labour. The return process was smooth and easy. I purchased a few items from the birth store for my labour and was very happy with all of them.
Used this for my induction and achieved a natural delivery with no pain relief. The tens machine was a huge help and really make the whole labour manageable.
The machine arrived perfectly packaged in time, unfortunately my labour went down a different track than expected and we needed to have an emergency cesarean. I opted for the money back guarantee on the tens machine hire just encase as it wasn't much more and so great that it is offered. I sent the tens machine back in the reply paid package and received my refund really quickly. The team were so easy to deal with and I would recommend this product to any expecting new mum.
This was my 2nd birth and 1st time using a TEN’s Machine and I was so surprised by how well it worked with each contraction and taking your mind off the pain. I’ve already recommended to my friends who are currently pregnant to hire one. I wish I used one for my 1st birth. Unfortunately I didn’t get to use it for as long as I wanted throughout labour due to some complications, I wish I got to use it a little longer. Super easy to hire and send back no issues at all, amazing service. Thank you!
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!
Delivered quickly, good product, super clean.
I used mine and it just didn’t work for me.
I am a midwife and hired a TENS machine from The Birth Store for the birth of my last baby. The service was amazing, the machine arrived promptly and returning was a breeze with their included return shipping bag. Highly recommended!!!!
This was my second birth but first time using the Tens machine. I am so thankful I rented one this time. It was easy to put on and use and really helped when I had contractions. Highly recommend. Couldn’t fault at all