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Men Can Experience the Contractions of Labor with the Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator

by Deborah Cruz

I was listening to the radio on the way to drop off this morning and the DJ’s on the Bert Show were talking about two Dutch TV hosts, Dennis Storm and Valerio Zeno who decided to undergo electro-stimulations (they simulate contractions) for their show, “Guinea Pigs.” using a neuromuscular electrical stimulator. That piqued my interest but then they went on to say that they were going to do the same; live streaming on Ustream from their studio, I did what any woman who has experienced transition labor without a damn epidural would do, I raced home to watch. Men can experience the contractions of labor.

Even though it wasn’t as intense as real child labor, I think they got the picture. Growing little people and giving birth is not for the faint of heart. When will men realize that women, even though we are referred to as the weaker sex and may be smaller than men, we are built tough? We make hard decisions because we have to. We sacrifice our lives and ourselves, not because it’s easier for us but because we know it has to be done. We choose to do the right thing not because it’s easy but in spite of how hard it is; like giving birth.

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Men usually have more physical strength than women but we have a mind over matter mentality that is unparalleled. We have a way of seeing our way through to the other side. We have a quiet inner peace that gives us the strength to carry on when most others would quit.

I watched the video and it was funny to see how they reacted to the simulated contractions. But going through an entire 5 minutes of childbirth can never prepare anyone for what giving birth is really like.

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Giving birth is a full-body experience. It is physical, mental and spiritual. When I gave birth, I was in so much pain that it was all I could do to stay focused on the task at hand. About 5 hours into it, I wanted, with all that I was, to quit the whole thing. The pain was immeasurable. I didn’t have the benefit of my labor originating from a mechanism that I could control. There was no on/off switch and there was certainly no guaranteed 20 second rest period in between contractions and there was no promise that the pain of the contraction would only last 15 seconds. During the transition labor of my first birth, my contractions were so closely staggered that they felt constant.

I, honestly, thought I was going to die. There was no laughing. There was only quiet prayers for the pain to stop by any means possible. Either the baby needed to come out so the pain would stop or I was going to throw myself out of a window. I couldn’t have taken it much longer than I did. After the first one, I was not sure that I would ever have another baby. I was afraid. I was terrified. But I did.

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This neuromuscular electrical stimulator is great to perhaps give men a glimpse into what labor contractions feel like but they can not replicate the state of mind that women experience when giving birth. It is a simultaneous end and beginning. The end of who we were and the birth of who we will become. The birth of our own child. There is nothing like the experience in the world and no two experiences are alike, even in the same woman.

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Birth is messy. It is an out of body experience. It transcends space and time and in the end, you know that you did something completely amazing. You brought a miracle to life. You witnessed it’s creation and now you have the privilege of loving that child and raising it to be the change you want to see in the world. It is life-changing. It’s so much deeper than just learning the boundaries of your pain threshold, which is what the neuromuscular electrical stimulator has reduced the experience to.

Would you want your husband to experience the Neuromuscular Electrical Stimulator while you were in labor?

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Anna holmes 2014/09/30 - 4:40 pm

I would love my husband undergo labour pain stimulator he thinks it’s so easy to have a baby please do give me information on where can I take him and for him to have it done id love to see it

Scarlett Lucio 2015/02/15 - 7:06 pm

I would want for my fiance to experience labor pains. We have our 8 month old baby boy and he still believes that birth and labor is nothing. I always said i want him to experience the pain, but didnt know how. I am from Chicago, IL and would love for my fiance to go through the wonderful process of this. I was in labor for 23 hours. I dont know if i can have him feel the pain for that long, but i would want him to have a taste of what it is like.

Jami 2015/05/07 - 11:03 pm

Do u kno where I can take my husband can go to do this? He said he would for mothers day and I think it would be an awesome experience! But can’t find where to take him to do it… thanks 🙂

Madi 2015/11/28 - 8:45 pm

How old does a man have to be to be able to do this??? i want all my male friends to do this if they are of age
>:) I am so evil

Chrystal 2016/11/03 - 1:34 pm

Hi I would like my partner to try out this because he thinks it is easy for a woman to have a child. How an where can I get my partner to try this out. He would cry like a newborn lol

London Armorer 2017/02/19 - 6:31 am

Do you know where I can find this ??

Liz 2017/05/12 - 6:41 pm

Where can we find a place for my husband to experience what I have now gone through 3 times?

Carolina Noriega 2017/10/11 - 11:35 pm

Where can we find a place for my husband to experience what I have now gone through 3 times?I’m located in Los Angeles

Lisa 2017/10/29 - 3:33 pm

I’m on baby number 6 and my boyfriend think everything is fine. And dont belive how much pain it is to give brith. I’v had 5 nature birth only gas and air. So would love him to feel this pain as I got to do number 6 in May 2018. Not planed pregnancy so a big shock to me.

Krystal 2017/11/26 - 9:44 pm

I was wondering has a woman ever tried it just for comparison, to see if it is even close to labor pains?

Tony 2018/07/25 - 3:27 am

I’d like to do this. I feel like I’d have a deeper appreciation for women afterwards. Any information on where a friend and I can do this?


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