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Complement Ther Clin Pract. 2017 Aug;28:176-180. doi: 10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.05.004. Epub 2017 May 18.

The effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on the severity of labor pain among nulliparous women: A clinical trial.

Author information

1
Nursing & Midwifery Faculty, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Iran. Electronic address: rshaho@yahoo.com.
2
Medicine Faculty, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Iran. Electronic address: shahgheibi@yahoo.com.
3
Medicine Faculty, Kurdistan University of Medical Sciences, Sanandaj, Iran. Electronic address: Mrezaie2001@yahoo.com.
4
Shahid Beheshti University of Medical Sciences, Tehran, Iran. Electronic address: Shayannaqshbandi@yahoo.com.

Abstract

INTRODUCTION:

This study aimed to investigate the effect of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation on labor pain among nulliparous women referred to a hospital in an urban area of Iran.

MATERIALS AND METHODS:

Samples were consisted of 90 nulliparous women. They were randomly assigned into three groups with equal number in each groups: experiment group, placebo group and control. Pain was measured using the visual pain severity scale.

FINDINGS:

The mean of the severity of labor pain indicated a statistically significant difference after the intervention. The severity of pain indicated a statistically significant difference in the second stage of labor, and 4 h after the labor in the groups. The duration of the first stage of labor was significantly different between the groups.

CONCLUSION:

The application of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation affected pain relief in the first and second stages of labor and 4 h after labor.

KEYWORDS:

Labor; Nulliparous; Pain; TENS

PMID:
28779926
DOI:
10.1016/j.ctcp.2017.05.004

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