The Role of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for Menstrual Pain Relief

  • End date
    Feb 5, 2023
  • participants needed
  • sponsor
    University of Southern California
Updated on 5 June 2022
Accepts healthy volunteers


The present study aims to verify the analgesic potential of a transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) device using patients with primary dysmenorrhea and compare it with a control period without usage.

Condition Primary Dysmenorrhea
Treatment One Unit TENS, Two Unit TENS
Clinical Study IdentifierNCT05178589
SponsorUniversity of Southern California
Last Modified on5 June 2022


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Inclusion Criteria

History of lower abdominal pain (dysmenorrhea) for more than 6 consecutive menstrual cycles with a moderate or severe pain rating ≥5 out of 10 over course of last year
BMI of 18.5-29.9 as a BMI below or above these cut points results in highly varied menstrual cycle lengths
Not taking contraception or other types of medication that could influence reproductive status
Regular menstruation
Medically free from chronic diseases
Free from known gynecological problems (ie. Endometriosis, Fibroids, Ovarian Cysts)
History of analgesic pill intake during menstruation
No pelvic pathology

Exclusion Criteria

On a form of contraception
Secondary dysmenorrhea and/or other gynecological problems that may cause pain
No discomfort, pain, or other symptoms during menstruation
History of surgery over lower abdomen area
Allergy to ibuprofen
Cardiac disability
Arterial disease
Uncontrolled hemorrhage
Blood clots
Pregnancy or trying to become pregnant
Cancerous lesions
Exposed metal implants
History of seizures
Sensory or mental impairment
Unstable fractures
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