Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) as a relief for dysmenorrhea

B. Kaplan*, Y. Peled, J. Pardo, D. Rabinerson, M. Hirsh, J. Ovadia, A. Neri

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Sixty-one women who suffered from primary dysmenorrhea, were treated with Transcutaneous Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for two menstrual cycles, and reported the effect of the treatment on their pain. Thirty percent of the patients reported marked pain relief, 60% reported moderate pain relief and 10% reported that TENS had no influence on their pain. No side effects were reported. We conclude that TENS is an effective and safe non-pharmacological means for the treatment of primary dysmenorrhea. It could serve as a main treatment modality for women who suffer from primary dysmenorrhea and do not wish to or cannot use the conservative pharmacological agents. In addition TENS can serve as an adjuvant therapy to the conventional pharmacological agent in severe cases of primary dysmenorrhea.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)87-90
Number of pages4
JournalClinical and Experimental Obstetrics and Gynecology
Issue number2
StatePublished - 1994
Externally publishedYes


  • TENS
  • primary dysmenorrhea


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