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Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for Primary Dysmenorrhea: An Overview

Authors Elboim-Gabyzon M, Kalichman L

Received 23 June 2019

Accepted for publication 20 November 2019

Published 8 January 2020 Volume 2020:12 Pages 1—10

DOI https://doi.org/10.2147/IJWH.S220523

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Peer reviewer comments 3

Editor who approved publication: Professor Elie Al-Chaer


Michal Elboim-Gabyzon,1 Leonid Kalichman2

1Physical Therapy Department, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Haifa 22421, Israel; 2Department of Physical Therapy, Recanati School for Community Health Professions, Faculty of Health Sciences, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev, Beer Sheva, Israel

Correspondence: Michal Elboim-Gabyzon
Physical Therapy Department, Faculty of Social Welfare and Health Sciences, University of Haifa, Balfour 9 Nahariya, Haifa 22421, Israel
Tel +972-545968943
Email michal.elboim@gmail.com

Abstract: Primary dysmenorrhea is a chronic health condition that affects primarily young women. Transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) has been suggested as an effective pain reduction modality in primary dysmenorrhea. TENS is a noninvasive, inexpensive, portable method with minimal risks and a few contraindications. When necessary, it can be self-administered on a daily basis during everyday activities. Several studies have investigated the effectiveness of TENS in reducing pain, decreasing the use of analgesics, and improving the quality of life in primary dysmenorrhea patients. These studies have some limitations in methodological quality and therapeutic validation. However, the overall positive effects of TENS in primary dysmenorrhea encountered in all prior studies indicated its potential value. This review presents the clinical recommendations for TENS parameters for treating primary dysmenorrhea symptoms based on previously published studies.

Keywords: primary dysmenorrhea, transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, TENS, pain, life quality, treatment


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