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Hire or buy tens machine??

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jillamona Wed 20-Apr-16 12:38:21

Just wondering about whether to buy or rent a tens machine, for my first baby i hired one and found it great. To buy a boots own brand one is about 55 euro (i'm in ireland!) and to hire a mama tens is 35 euro, so wondering is it better to hire a more expensive one, is there a difference in how the more expensive ones work? The last time I think I hired one called Pulsar. i'm afraid if i buy the cheaper boots one it might not work as well TIA!!

vvviola Wed 20-Apr-16 12:41:10

Hire. Definitely.

I would have been gutted of I'd bought mine (didn't use it at all for 2nd labour as it was too short. Hadn't even got it in time for 1st labour - they kindly swapped the credit to hiring a hospital grade breast pump while DD1 was in NICU)

jillamona Wed 20-Apr-16 12:55:24

thanks, am thinking the same!

AdvocateNotAdvocat Wed 20-Apr-16 17:03:43

Hire, you'll use it for such a limited time

LillianFullStop Wed 20-Apr-16 19:24:32

Oh wow the hospital doesn't have them on hand for you to use you have to bring your own?

I have a LOT to learn confused

BlueUggs Wed 20-Apr-16 19:27:15


SewSlapdash Wed 20-Apr-16 19:34:58

Lilian I used one in hospital but you might want to use it for labouring at home before you get to 4cm.

scoobyloobyloo Wed 20-Apr-16 19:49:23

Buy second hand off eBay and resell when finished with it..

mmmminx Thu 21-Apr-16 14:39:32

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

DropYourSword Thu 21-Apr-16 14:48:34

Is the Boot's own brand one a specific maternity one? They are different from the standard ones because they have a boost button which increases the intensity and alters the rhythm when you have a contraction. You definitely want to make sure you get a specific maternity one!!

gamerchick Thu 21-Apr-16 14:50:34

You dont have to just use it for labour, they're good for back pain and sciatica I've found.

Miffy1979 Thu 21-Apr-16 14:50:46

You can get the news pads cheap on ebay. I've bought my tens machine, used for last labour..plan to use it again this time then sell on afterwards.

mmmminx Thu 21-Apr-16 16:37:23

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

dannydyerismydad Thu 21-Apr-16 17:17:28

Bought mine on eBay. Sold it on. Free TENS machine!

LillianFullStop Sat 23-Apr-16 00:34:16

Thanks sew that makes sense smile

MoonHare Sat 23-Apr-16 15:35:25

Depends how many more babies you think you might have! I hired on all 3 occasions. should have bought one then sold on ebay! Have you looked at eBay? 2nd hand might be cheaper than hiring and it's unlikely to have been used as much as a hired one.

jillamona Sat 23-Apr-16 21:55:03

this is baby no 3 and not planning any more! so have hired a mama tens for 35 euro which seems like a good deal x

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