Seven in 10 say Tens machine relieves labour painPain relief device popular among those who used it

24 June 2014

Illustration of a Tens machine for labour courtesy of Tenscare

Tens machines transmit small electrical pulses via electrode pads attached to your back

The majority of women who have used a Tens machine during labour found it helped reduce the pain, according to the results of a new Which? survey.

Just over a fifth (22%) of the 1,218 mums we surveyed said they had used a Tens machine to help relieve the pain felt during labour. Of those who used a Tens machine, 68% said they found it effective.

Our full guide Should I use a Tens machine during labour? explains how Tens machines work, the best stage of labour to use one, and answers frequently asked questions.

Tens machines explained

Tens machines, which pass small electric pulses to the body through electrode pads attached to your back, are thought to help 'distract' the nerves that transmit pain. They can also boost the level of endorphins - your body's natural painkillers - being produced.

28% of the parents in our in March 2014 survey said their Tens machine was very effective, while 40% said it was fairly effective. Only one in 10 (12%) said that using a Tens machine was not at all effective in helping to manage the pain.

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