Tens Machine- do they work?

(102 Posts)
GuybrushThreepwoodMP Mon 31-Mar-14 19:37:12

My first labour was LONG and very hard. Baby wasn't back to back but all the pain was in my back and never felt contractions in my tummy (retroverted uterus). So while labour number two might be different, it's likely the pain would be in my back again and I would expect it to be show (labour number one consisted of regular contractions for 72 hours, no sleep for that long and agonising unbearable pain).
Should I try a TENS next time?

TheScience Mon 31-Mar-14 19:44:39

Yes, no harm in trying. I think it helped.

Blu Mon 31-Mar-14 19:48:24

I am sure it worked for me.

I started using it early - you have to give it time to get your endorphins going, so I started using it from early contractions, and kept it on until I got in the pool. Didn't use G&A at all.

Blu Mon 31-Mar-14 19:50:10

Sorry - that was for first baby, back-to-back.

After the pool, and 3 hours of pushing, we did resort to ventouse and an epidural for that - but I was absolutely fine pain-wise until then and high as a kite on endorphins!

NoodieRoodie Mon 31-Mar-14 19:52:22

I loved mine!! First labour was about 30 hours, pain all in my back, and the only pain relief I had was the TENS. Second time was a homebirth, only 9 hours start to finish and again just used the TENS.

I agree with Blu that you need to get it on early, both times I put mine on when I wasn't even totally convinced that I was actually in labour.

Some people hate them but I think that anything's worth a go

CheesyBadger Mon 31-Mar-14 19:53:33

Loved mine, and I think it worked. Also gave me something else to think about, button to press etc

magicalmrmistoffelees Mon 31-Mar-14 19:58:57

My labour was 48 hours of very regular contractions (every 3 minutes!) and all my pains were in my back. I used a TENS machine throughout, I'm not sure it helped massively with the pain but I found it was a good distraction, and certainly helped me to cope with the contractions better. Definitely worth a try!

magicalmrmistoffelees Mon 31-Mar-14 19:59:30

Ps the TENS machine was the only pain relief I had

Letsgoforawalk Mon 31-Mar-14 20:01:05

I found one helpful with my second. DH helped me take it off before I got in the bath, neither of us realised how high I had it turned (you stop feeling the tingle) and didn't switch it off before he peeled off the sticky pads. He nearly went through the roof. Funniest bit of the whole night. Worth the hire fee just for that. smile

jellyandcake Mon 31-Mar-14 20:02:59

Any recommendations on which TENS and where to hire? I can't remember which one I used last time but definitely appreciated it - the only thing I would say is that I moved around a lot and the pads kept falling off so the midwife taped them on for me until I went in the pool.

EeyoreIsh Mon 31-Mar-14 20:05:10

I loved it. Fantastic. Much better than gas and air.

EeyoreIsh Mon 31-Mar-14 20:06:19

I loved it. Fantastic. Much better than gas and air.

EeyoreIsh Mon 31-Mar-14 20:07:41

I loved it. Fantastic. Much better than gas and air.

EeyoreIsh Mon 31-Mar-14 20:09:18

loved it so much I said it three timesblush

EeyoreIsh Mon 31-Mar-14 20:10:23

loved it so much I said it three timesblush

Whiteshoes Mon 31-Mar-14 20:20:03

Just get themidwife to check positioning ofpads. Still bitter 7 months after dc2, during birth of whom I couldn't work out why tens wasn't working as itdid with dc1. When I took pads off after birth midwife said "that's an interesting place to put them". Cue evils at dh. It was so so much more painful.

Still, serves as some sort of proof of efficacy, I suppose.

Thesebootsweremadeforwalking Mon 31-Mar-14 20:29:54

Love TENS machines! Kept me going until I got into hospital and on pethidine after loooong latent (but bloody painful) phase with back to back DS. One got me to 7 cms with DD, and then to the end with only a bit of gas and air. Have also used them for back pain following a car accident some years ago, with good effect. I have a MamaTENS - I bought one in case my back injury flared following DC2.

I hired a MamaTens. Got me up to 7cm with contractions consistently 45 seconds apart. Didn't want to take it off (I too was skeptical beforehand and when I initially put it on but couldn't recommend enough)

beginnings Mon 31-Mar-14 22:49:03

I'm another one who found it a good distraction rather than pain relief. Just don't let your OH near the controls. He's lucky he had the ability to have a second child!!

By the way, I also have a retroverted uterus and with DD1 all the pain was in my belly and with DD2 was weirdly in the tops of my legs, so you mightn't have the back labour again.

I also had a Mama Tens

SicknSpan Thu 03-Apr-14 09:08:02

Yes mine was worth i twice before. So I will be using again for dc3 in a few weeks time hopefully.

ShowMeTheCoffee Thu 03-Apr-14 09:17:14

Yes, used it all three times until I got in the pool. With DC1 it got me to 10cms.

I also used a Mama Tens.

Have a read of the info booklet first so your DP places the pads in the right spot. As a pp said, makes a world of difference.

fuckwitteryhasform Thu 03-Apr-14 09:24:22

I liked my tens a lot for my first labour, long and slow early labour (3 days of contractions 3-5 mins apart but not v intense)
Second labour was quite rapid 3 hours to go from 1cm to 9cm and found too distracting in the intensity
Had tens around for third labour but didn't consider puttong it on, again dilated rapidly

All three of my labours were back to back! But only like for early labour

anotherbitofcake Thu 03-Apr-14 12:17:51

Yes helped me def

Dovahkiin Thu 03-Apr-14 13:03:13

Yay! I had mine on until the actual delivery. I turned it off about five hours into labour 'just to see' if it was having any effect and nearly fell off my gym ball with the pain. I'd say it reduced the pain by 2/3 and meant I didn't need any drugs. Worked for me.

oscarwilde Thu 03-Apr-14 13:16:45

I couldn't say. DH stuck the pads on, ramped it straight up to "boost" and hit the button........ I was found in the next room and never got on with it after that.
bloody NCT woman had trialled it on the interested DH's with sod all power and worn out pads so he thought it was a total gimmick

Dontfencemein Thu 03-Apr-14 13:16:52

My first labour was pretty fast - went to 7cm in about 4 hours.

Unfortunately things went a bit wrong a few hours into the second stage and I had to have an emergency C-section. I used TENS from the start of labour until I was in theatre and found it great, so much so that I kept it on rather than getting in the birthing pool. I found it so comforting that I did not want to take it off.

DH who was birthing partner took control of the machine (giving boosts when I had contractions) and I think this really helped to give him something to focus on. Much better that he had a task rather than just being expected to be "suportive".

I would use it again without hesitation, although if I am lucky enough to have another baby, might use pool for a while and put TENS on again afterwards.

I think it helps to start using it really early, to get the endorphins going before pain is established.

minipie Thu 03-Apr-14 13:29:21

Gosh all these positive replies!

Just for some balance - I found it did nothing for me, in fact I found it incredibly annoying and wanted it off.

But then I found that what helped me was focusing intently on each contraction. If you're the opposite and find distraction helpful then I can see a TENS would help.

BritabroadinAsia Thu 03-Apr-14 13:36:34

Another massive yes from me - it was my only pain relief and it worked both times... but agree with others, get it on early and start low so you have somewhere to go with it as the contractions get more intense.
Good luck!

LowCloudsForming Thu 03-Apr-14 13:46:44

Yes - great distraction.

Zara8 Thu 03-Apr-14 13:51:35

I used mine during my induction. Really helped zap the worst part of nasty prostin pains (1 min long, 1 minute apart for 8 hours). However when my waters went though and I went into sudden, full-on labour (and then went from 1-10cm in an hour!!) - I couldn't even feel the buzz of the electrodes, I was in so much pain, it did nothing for me at that point!! I think if you have a labour that builds up in intensity over time it would be very helpful for a long way though.

Currently pg with DC2 and I still plan on getting one for labour this time.

I would agree with what others say - put it on during first twinges.

But don't expect that it will get you through the whole labour!

Zara8 Thu 03-Apr-14 13:51:56

I hired mine through Boots btw

Spiritedwolf Thu 03-Apr-14 14:10:14

I couldn't stand it really, it just meant there was no relief between contractions for me when it was on and used in the recommended manner. I had a 1 hour plus car journey to hospital during which I wasn't able to move around (my previous way of coping) so ended up switching it on at a low level (literally one of the four lowest levels) during contractions and off in between just so I had something to do as I felt pretty stuck and helpless.

Not being able to cope with more than a low level of TENS (and not at all between contractions) made me fear I wasn't 'managing' pain well at all and I feared I was in early labour.

I gave birth without any form of pain relief within an hour of arriving at hospital and think I had my first 'pushing' contraction whilst still in the car. (I may have been in transition for part of the journey, or the long walk to the ward, it hard to say as my contractions were never regular) So it wasn't that I had a low pain threshold, it was just that TENS was a sensation I couldn't stand! So if you don't get on with it, don't assume you'll need tons of other pain relief, I think its just one of those things that works for some and not others.

I thought it was worth buying it and trying it because I knew I would have the long car journey when there would be few alternatives, and I was going to a CLU rather than my preferred option of a waterbirth at the local MLU. So I wouldn't have water available and I wanted to avoid medicated pain relief if possible, so wanted to have an option in my control!

I don't regret getting it, but I didn't really find it worked for me in terms of pain relief. Just gave me something to do in the car. It might be because my contractions weren't typical or because I have some sensory issues, or maybe DH didn't put them in the right place - who knows?

Good luck!

BigBirdFlies Thu 03-Apr-14 14:33:57

I don't know about TENS machines, but I had a backache labour with dd1. I was told she wasn't back to back, but I had no pain whatsoever in my abdomen. When dd2 came along, the labour was typical front pain. So I think each labour is different.

NotCitrus Thu 03-Apr-14 14:47:32

Helped a lot with backache in late pregnancy, and was good during the drive to hospital (let's close one road toreplace water mains and then a roadblock on the main road, why not?) and for some hours after that. I preferred gas and air and then both once I was kicked out of the pool.
Well worth the tenner I paid for it on eBay! Do make sure you have fresh sticky pads if you get a second hand one, and check batteries fit - rechargeables were about 1mm too big!

SlumdogMummy Thu 03-Apr-14 14:50:20

Loved mine and used it with both of my DC. To reiterate what others have said, placement is everything and if they start to become unstuck you'll notice!

I also agree that they were as much of a distraction as a pain relief.

BellaOfTheBalls Thu 03-Apr-14 14:52:00

I had an undiagnosed vaginal breech birth with no pain relief aside from a Tens machine and a couple of paracetamol taken two hours prior.

Yes, they work.

Poosnu Thu 03-Apr-14 14:54:46

Yes absolutely. Do a trial run before labour begins so you can figure out how it works. And put it on quite early in labour. I'd say worth buying a mama tens (especially if you are planning a couple of children).

Nosleeptillbedtime Thu 03-Apr-14 15:00:11

They are great. I was extremely skeptical but it was much better than gas and air. And I had a vet intense labour with very strong contractions coming less than a minute apart from the off. Definitely recommended.

ErrolTheDragon Thu 03-Apr-14 15:06:41

I found it helpful. DH kept 'helpfully' increasing the strength.

When we were back home, he was curious what it felt like and tried it on himself.... and found it agonising. I think he gained some extra respect for me and womankind to realise that this was better than labour pains! grin

mrsbug Thu 03-Apr-14 15:11:51

I thought it was great and like the poster above i let dp be in charge of the controls, pressing boost whenever i had a contraction. If your dp likes fiddling with electronic equipment then at the very least it will give him something constructive to do!

BrassMonkey85 Thu 03-Apr-14 15:28:05

Really helped for me as I had a very long labour. MW put them on when we went to the hospital before she sent me home (the first time lol)

I found it really helped -- like a pp, I didn't think it was doing much until I (accidentally, in my case) turned it off, when I quickly realised how much it had been helping. IMO you do need to start it right at the beginning when your contractions are at an "oooh" rather than an "OUCH!" level.

I did two VBACs on TENS alone up to transition, then gas and air as well for transition.

JaneinReading Thu 03-Apr-14 16:07:26

I used it with the last one. It was nothing like as effective as gas and air (I had that too with all the births). My midwives were keen on it. I think it helped a bit.

Sparkeleigh Thu 03-Apr-14 16:21:02

Yes, I found it far better than G&A and managed to get to 8cm before having to go to hospital. It was great!

Back2Two Thu 03-Apr-14 16:39:13

I used one for my second labour and I swear it was brilliant for me. I had a bit of G&A but to be honest I'm not sure it does much for me.

I was walking around the room, TENS machine on and this kept me going until right near the pushing stage. So, four hours with TENS and then a few minutes without.

Back2Two Thu 03-Apr-14 16:40:23

Well, prob until transition stage I used the TENS. so much better than my first labour which was just G&A.

Back2Two Thu 03-Apr-14 16:42:49

BTW... I have very intense labours with not a twinge beforehand and then full on contractions for approx four hours. The TENS got me through.

Birdies Thu 03-Apr-14 17:21:10

Sounds like my first labour except I had a Mamatens. Could not have done without it, would highly recommend it.

TremoloGreen Thu 03-Apr-14 17:24:08

Mine was brilliant. I did get it on as soon as I realised I was in labour, which I think is meant to help. It got me through the first 8 hours of first stage, then I didn't really feel it was helping any more so I splashed about in a hot bath for another hour or two until I was in transition. I would definitely get one again if I have another baby. Also, I would go to the birth centre before I get to transition wink

TremoloGreen Thu 03-Apr-14 17:25:46

Oh and I used the TENS in combination with ideas from this book

Gemma77 Thu 03-Apr-14 17:35:46

I didn't use one for labour but I do suffer with back pain due to degenerative discs and the tens machine works better than any medication! I don't think my back pain comes close to labour pain but I expect the tens machine would help for the earlier labour stages.

MrsAtticus Thu 03-Apr-14 18:17:32

I never got as far as established labour, but did find it affective for the earlier contractions, which were quite painful. I actually decided not to use it this time (imminent) purely because I found it a bit faffy when I wanted to be moving around, and at one point it fell in the toilet blush I'd deffo say it's worth a go though, as they are not expensive.

BoJolly Thu 03-Apr-14 18:51:17

I used the TENS in my second labour but there was a difference of opinion in how far on in labour I was (apparently I didn't shout enough!!) and I used it too late. So much so that I said it wasn't working and the midwife changed the batteries. At that point I was whizzed to the delivery suite in a mad panic and DS2 was born.

Unfortunately, they forgot the TENS was still attached to my back on full power until after I had delivered him - and then I REALLY felt it grin.

ManicMinor Thu 03-Apr-14 18:57:54

Definitely helped - got it going early (though I started labour fairly abruptly when my waters broke). A couple of hours later I was settled in the labour ward, using gas & air as well, and thought I didn't need it any more. DH then turned off the tens machine mid contraction, and the pain went through the roof! Cue me screaming at him to switch it back on again and him scrabbling around with wires!

Guadalupe Thu 03-Apr-14 19:12:02

Definitely helped with my long back to back labour.

FreeWee Thu 03-Apr-14 20:19:18

Loved it. It definitely helped me and I don't know what I'd have done without it. Was very skeptical but it really worked. Maybe borrow one off a friend if you don't want to shell out for one yourself. That's what I did and bought fresh pads.

Brilliant for all 4 labours, highly recommend them. You used to be able to hire them? Most hospitals have them, in my experience (laboured in 3 different hospitals, all had TENS). Might be an idea to take batteries though.

SirChenjin Thu 03-Apr-14 20:26:10

Absolutely brilliant. I used it for each of my 3 labours until I was able to get into the birthing pool and then used G&A. I really don't think I could have got through labour without it.

Debs75 Thu 03-Apr-14 20:46:16

I had a tens with no 2 and 3. It was great with no 2 and I even managed to sleep just before the pushing stage. I wore it from the first few contractions and used alongside gas and air until MW took it of me as I struggled to breathe. It was so good it was on my must haves for baby no 3
It didn't work as well with no 3, possibly due to lazy MW who didn't want to do anything and I think she positioned it wrong.
If it is on right though I think it can be as good as gas and air

All four labours as well were all in my back and I think it is great for that pain

legoplayingmumsunite Thu 03-Apr-14 21:14:30

Yeah, I used it for all 3 of mine. Just be warned, when your DH helps you take it off make sure it's switched off. With DD1 mine wasn't, it was switch on full blast and continuous. DH got a bit of a shock!

CuttedUpGrape Thu 03-Apr-14 22:27:11

I hated it with DS1 but absolutely loved it with DS2, so well worth a go. Agree with others, getting it on very early is crucial!

gutzgutz Thu 03-Apr-14 23:24:55

good distraction. hired mine from hospital, got number from midwife. i like to think the money (£25?) went to the maternity unit rather than to shareholders grin

Beavie Thu 03-Apr-14 23:31:24

I did not have a good experience with the TENS machine. My doula (trainee, never used a TENS machine before) wired me up and switched it on...unfortunately she had it on the highest setting when she switched it in and I nearly went through the roof and started clawing at it.

When we got it at the right setting I still didn't like it, with that labour all the pain seemed to be in my rectum, weirdly, and the TENS machine just made it worse. I took the bloody thing off before too long.

I used it first time for pain relief after C-section and it only helped a bit (I know that's not what they are normally used for). Second labour was on off for a week so I'd been using it for too long by the time contractions really set in - it was at top setting and still not helping much. When I finally arrived in my labour suite after about 10 minutes I went to the loo and the entire thing fell to bits on the floor and the batteries came out.

So I had an epidural blush !!

Grokette Fri 04-Apr-14 04:01:29

TENS machines were on sale in Aldi last week grin

That was in Australia though, so don't all rush out at once!

williwonti Fri 04-Apr-14 05:05:51

Yes, without doubt. Used it both times. Mw said no point second time but did anyway and she was wrong, it was invaluable

Rachie1986 Fri 04-Apr-14 06:06:04

Yep mine helped with early contractions at home (for 36hours... shock) and a bit in the car when my waters had broken.

I'd say yes. I didn't think mine was working until I took it off - holy cow the pain got so much worse!! But I took it off so that I could get into the pool, and that made everything lovely again (well, as lovely as any part of the horror of labour ever can be).

And it zapped DH when we took it off, which was hilarious at the time. grin

Leo35 Fri 04-Apr-14 10:29:29

Agree with other posters, that you don't think a TENS is helping until you have to take it off, or it gets knocked. Then you realise! Found it very helpful for labour, and although it was all too quick with DS2's delivery to get a real benefit, I liked knowing that it was there, ready to go.

I hired one through a small ad in the local NCT magazine.

Hope that all goes well for you.

SurreyArmyWife Fri 04-Apr-14 11:27:11

I used one during my labour last year. Once I plucked up the courage to set it to max and press the boost button, it was amazing. That, and gas and air was all I needed until I had an epidural for a forceps delivery. It was well worth the £20 rental fee - I can waste that on lunch out. I would say to anyone it's worth a try, and good to have something that is safe to use at home and make the journey into the maternity unit a little easier. Good luck.

Geoff0409 Fri 04-Apr-14 11:34:02

When our DD was born I attached the TENS to my Wife's back. After about 30 minutes she said "I don't think it's working". I switched it off to then be hollered at "switch it back on, switch it back on". It had definitely been working.

Kaekae Fri 04-Apr-14 12:25:06

I'd give it a go. But the TENS machine just didn't work for me, just annoyed me.

Thetallesttower Fri 04-Apr-14 12:42:46

I hated it, didn't have any effect on the pain, just annoyed me with a buzzing feeling for no effect, but clearly it does work for lots of people, so I think the only answer is to get one and try it for yourself.

I had a very similar experience to you for my first - three days of painful contractions, I managed to get to 8cm on my own at home as the midwives didn't realise when my pre-labour and labour changed into each other- I had a much better and quicker second labour (few hours) so you really don't know how this will go- good luck.

Monkeymummy1 Fri 04-Apr-14 14:25:47

I had an elle tens in labour and it was great. Totally recommend. I just needed a bit of gas and air towards the end. I got mine on ebay for about half the price I'd have paid in the shop and only slightly more expensive than it would have been to hire. You just have to make sure you get a new set of pads!

Coffeeinthepark Fri 04-Apr-14 14:29:21

Loved mine so much, all 3 times but especially with DCs 2 and 3 wherei relied on TENs and gas and air. I loved the feeling of control it gave me and you can increase the intensity as labour goes on

Alicadabra Fri 04-Apr-14 14:37:20

I thought it was great but of course I don't know what the pain would have been like without it! I found it very positive to feel that I could 'do something' during the early stages. Later, in conjunction with some gas and air, I still found the contractions very manageable.

SarniaCherie Fri 04-Apr-14 15:23:46

Loved mine, used it in both labours. gas and air makes me throw up so the TENS was great.

bakingtins Fri 04-Apr-14 15:30:20

Another vote for yes. Got me to 10 cm both times.

It seems to be a marmite thing though, I have friends who hated it, but def worth a try. You can buy one for similar cost to hiring one and flog it on eBay if you don't get on with it.

Schmedz Fri 04-Apr-14 16:30:20

Wish I had used for first DC as SOOOOOOOOO much better than gas and air - ended up with epidural for the first (which was absolutely brilliant but I am a bit scared of needles so didn't want to repeat for baby no. 2)

Used the TENS for second labour and it was fabulous. Obviously doesn't completely get rid of the pain like the epidural did, but it was completely bearable all the way through.

Go for it - if it doesn't provide the pain relief you need, there are always other options at the time. Given that your body will actually decide what happens during your labour (and not the pointless and ridiculous birth plan) you can't predict what will and won't work.

hugoagogo Fri 04-Apr-14 18:20:44

Not for me; it just annoyed me too.

StampyIsMyBoyfriend Fri 04-Apr-14 19:22:45

Mine definitely helped, even more so when the mw in hospital put the pads in the right places! Get her to mark on your back in sharpie at your last appt! DH had a good guess using the diagram, but we were a bit off. Still a good distraction overnight though smile

I hired mine, with no hassle. They send new pads/leads & batteries in the box, so all clean & nice!

No, mine was no help with first labour. Went without second time and didn't miss it at all

Catsize Fri 04-Apr-14 21:15:46

Loved mine. Both labours. Used during induction from hell and two years later for lovely homebirth. Re:homebirth, partner said she had changed the batteries before I used it. They ran out at the eleventh hour. Later confessed she had changed the batteries, but not for new ones. confused

DakotaFanny Fri 04-Apr-14 21:54:00

Yes yes yes. I had one for second dc and, at times, questioned whether it was really working, what with that labour malarkey smarting a little bit. Then a pad would fall off and I'd be like "Holy mother of God get it back on"- definitely works. Would never do it without one again. You do have to get it on early though.

Got mine from Lloyds pharmacy.

Cherryjellybean Sat 05-Apr-14 05:24:23

I tried one at the hospital and it made me very panicky as I didn't like the sensation. I couldn't get it off quick enough!
It seems to have helped lots of people on this thread, its certainly worth a try!

CleanAllTheThings Sat 05-Apr-14 07:56:38

I got to 8cm at home with just tens. It was great until the pads started coming unstuck and then it was just really irritating. I would use it again.

ParanoidLucy Sat 05-Apr-14 08:43:06

Its good at the beginning. I had an epidural with DD and couldn't then work out what the rhythmic buzzing noise was smile.

spiderlight Sat 05-Apr-14 18:35:05

Mine worked - partly as a distraction, I think, but I definitely missed it when I had to take it off to get in the pool.

DitaVonCreamTeas Sat 05-Apr-14 18:46:54

Brilliant for the early stages, but as others have said make sure you start using it early on and have a practise beforehand. I rented mine from Mothercare.

Jaffakake Sat 05-Apr-14 20:26:45

It's worth a go, but I hated it. To me it was like someone poking you in the shoulder & saying oi, oi, oi all the time. No idea why, but my contractions were remarkably painful and labour took about 5 days with a c-section at the end, so maybe I'm just weird!

ratqueen Sat 05-Apr-14 22:16:52

I didn't really get tens, but trying it out before I was in full blown labour and desperate would probably have helped. I found it annoying and just wanted to get it off. I loved gas and air!

mameulah Sat 05-Apr-14 22:54:32

I loved mine too. I actually don't know what I would have done without it. I really, really mean that.

I would definitely HIRE one. And check it works before you get there.

babynelly2010 Sat 05-Apr-14 23:14:33

It depends, I would recommend using one regardless but it can be a gamble. First time I had long labour about 40 hours and tens machine really helped getting through. Second time labour was very fast, got the tens machine on but it did not have enough time to get to a point where it actually made any difference. With that said if I ever have another baby I will be having epidural but my recommendation to anyone wanting a natural birth to have a tens machine handy.

Chunderella Sat 05-Apr-14 23:14:47

Birth hurts. Your last one hurt a lot so you know this better than anyone. With that in mind, I don't see the point in ruling anything out unless you have a particular reason to do so- like obviously no epidural if you've a phobia of needles, no waterbirth if you hate baths and so on. I'd say to anyone, give it a go and see what you think. If you hate it, you can stop using it straight away. No real downside.

cakelover75 Sun 06-Apr-14 12:00:55

Another 'yes' from me. Used them during both my labours and agree with others who said that it's a good distraction for you.

When we were shown how to use them at an ante-natal class in my local maternity unit, the physio warned us to be careful with them as "someone's husband was admitted to casualty while his wife was in labour as he put the pads on his eyeballs". grin Bet his wife was dead pleased with him...

Sharaluck Sun 06-Apr-14 12:04:08

No. Annoyed me and didn't relieve pain. Waste of money.

Sharaluck Sun 06-Apr-14 12:05:16

Just to add I have fast labours/births. So that might be why.

LG574 Sun 06-Apr-14 21:59:36

Try lloyds pharmacy, I got my Tens machine from there 3 yrs ago. Think it was about £25. It definitely helped me get through a very long back labour after induction. sad sad

Jynxed Sun 06-Apr-14 22:17:01

I hated it. Labour was bad enough without electric shocks added in!

SophiaLiam Fri 23-May-14 01:48:35

Does using a tens affect an epidural at all? Or can it replace an epidural? I'm no expert on pregnancy, so I have no idea.

Sophia Liam | www.bio-niccontrol.com.au

Iswallowedawatermelon Fri 23-May-14 22:01:03

I found it useless tbh.

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