TENS is a safe non-drug method of pain control for labor

TENS Unit: Gate Pain Theory – Increase the endorphins level – Women’s satisfaction (sense of control)

The use of TENS unit during labor is highly and commonly used in European countries (mostly in the U.K) as a comfort measure during labor.

Women report that the unit provides focus and distraction and that it’s more effective it they start to use their TENS unit during early labor as it increased the endorphin level in their body.


– TENS is handheld battery-operated device generates the electrical impulses and transmits them via stimulating pads.
– Mild electrical impulses are transmitted through the skin
– Easy to use comfort measure
– Change the conscious message (pain) from the brain and reduces awareness of pain
– “Obstetric-type unit” is different than the unit use by chiropractor and PT
– Very simple to use and it’s specially design for laboring women
– Allow ambulation and movement


– Reduce of labor pain (When used on high frequency, the TENS unit, selectively stimulates certain non-pain-transmitting nerve fibers to send signals to the brain that override other nerve signals carrying pain messages. When used on low frequency, the  unit stimulates the production of endorphins, by activated opioid receptors)
– Increases endorphin level
– Postpone or avoid of request of epidural
– Continued active participation by the woman
– Less medical interventions
– Especially effective for back pain (but not only) and prolonged painful pre labor (prodromal labor)
– No loss of other sensations or contraction pain
– Continued active participation by woman
– Freedom to walk and move
– No decrease of mental function
– Fewer babies in to NICU


– The woman controls the stimulation
– None known side effects
– No reported harm to mother or baby
– Safe to use with external monitor (including wireless) – Can possibly interferes with an IUPC (lack of studies)


– Do not use before full term (38-40 weeks)
– Pacemaker
– Epilepsy or seizures disorder
– Skin rash on your back
– Cannot be used in the water (hydrotherapy)


TENS provides a safe and potentially helpful non-pharmacologic option to relieve labor pain


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– Odile Penet is DONA International certified in using the TENS in labor –
– Rental option available –