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What are TENs machines?

TENS stands for Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, and has successfully been used for many years by pregnant women and professional midwives worldwide to treat labour pain.

How does TENS work?

At the onset of labour, simply apply the four pads to your back as shown in the accompanying instructions and switch the TENS unit on. You will feel a pleasant pulsing sensation. This will help to raise the level of your own pain relieving chemicals known as endorphins. When experiencing a contraction, press the booster button for the extra surge of power needed to combat the pain. When the contraction ends, press the booster button again - it is that simple!

Why should I use a TENS Machine?

All our TENS are compliant with European medical device regulations.

User feedback has shown that TENS are most effective during the first stage of labour, and help the mother to remain in control, stay alert, and considerably reduce drug intake. Most importantly, there are no known side effects for you or your baby.

Can I use an ordinary TENS machine?

No. Labour TENS machines are specifically designed for childbirth. They use larger pads than conventional TENS and include a booster button, which is very important for relieving pain during contractions.

Can I try the unit before going into labour?

Yes. Just try two pads on your forearm to feel the different pulse sensations. Remember to follow the instructions on the back of the electrode packet to keep them fresh for the big day. It is recommended that you order an extra pack for practising.

Can TENS machines be used with other methods of pain relief?

Yes, in conjunction with gas and air or pethidine.

Can I use a TENS if I am considering a waterbirth?

Yes, but not in the water itself. Remember that TENS is effective right from the start of your labour. You will need it well before you enter the water.

Normally, a midwife will ask you to enter into the water when you are between 4-5cm dilated.

Can TENS be used in hospital?

Yes, but you may have to switch it off temporarily if the midwife requires you to do so.

Are TENS machines safe?

Yes. They are designed for labour. However, do not use before the 37th week of pregnancy unless under medical supervision. If you suffer from epilepsy or have any doubts whatsoever consult a medical professional. If you use a demand type pace maker you should not use a TENS machine.

There are no known side effects for you or your baby.

Can I use TENS after my birth?

Yes. TENS machines can be used after labour too. You can use your machine for:
- shoulder pain from breast feeding
- menstrual pain
- back pain
- after pains
- post-operative pain following a caesarian section

What happens if my baby arrives Late?

Please give us a ring. If we are notified in advance we can extend the 7 weeks hire for another 7 days after which a charge of £5 per week applies.

When do you send me the TENS unit?

We usually dispatch the unit 3 weeks before your due date.

How long does it take to arrive?

All TENS units are sent by first class post. However, please allow 3-5 working days for delivery.

What happens if my due date is less than 3 weeks away?

Do not worry. We offer you a next working day delivery service, as long as your order is placed before 3pm between Monday and Friday.

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