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TENS for pain management during IUD insertion

Use of transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation (TENS) unit for pain management during intrauterine device (IUD) insertion: a prospective cohort study

Endometriosis, Menstruation, Pelvic pain
All genders
person-wave 12-50
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Principal Investigator: Andrea Zuckerman, MD

We are investigating whether or not use of TENS device during IUD insertion reduces pain. We will record pain scores at different points in the IUD insertion procedure for patients who choose to use the TENS device and those who do not as part of this study. TENS device uses stickers (electrodes) on the skin to give gentle electrical pulse which has been shown to help with pain in some settings. This has not been studied for use with IUD insertion.

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Caitlin McCarthy, MD

Study details

Inclusion Criteria
  • - Person with a uterus desiring IUD insertion
  • - Age 12 to 50 years old
Exclusion Criteria
  • - Chronic pain
  • - Epilepsy
  • - Heart disease
Study Requirements

- Single study visit, during your scheduled office IUD insertion visit - Those who wish to in this study only, will use TENS unit during IUD insertion - You will be asked to answer some questions and rate your pain at different times during IUD insertion procedure

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