Improving Cervical Dilation
“Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for Pain Control During Cervical Dilator Placement Prior to Dilation and Evacuation”
This study evaluates the use of Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) as a method of pain control during osmotic dilator insertion prior to dilation and evacuation. Half the group will have an active TENS unit and half will have a sham or placebo TENS unit.
Device - TENS
TENS units are small, inexpensive, portable, battery-powered devices which deliver mild, alternating electrical currents via electrodes positioned on the skin near the anticipated dermatomal distribution of pain.
Device - Sham TENS
Non-active TENS unit
Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation (TENS) for Pain Control During Cervical Dilator Placement Prior to Dilation and Evacuation: A Randomized Controlled Trial