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Oct 20, 2021

Electrical Muscle Stimulation to Develop and Implement Menstrual Simulator System

Journal of Robotics and Mechatronics
  • Chihiro Asada
  • ,
  • Kotori Tsutsumi
  • ,
  • Yuichi Tamura
  • ,
  • Naoya Hara
  • ,
  • Wataru Omori
  • ,
  • Yuta Otsuka
  • ,
  • Katsunari Sato

Volume
33
Number
5
First page
1051
Last page
1062
Language
Publishing type
Research paper (scientific journal)
DOI
10.20965/jrm.2021.p1051
Publisher
Fuji Technology Press Ltd.

Menstrual symptoms and cycles are complex, and the associated discomfort is difficult to quantify. Therefore, men, and some women, do not completely understand them. Here, we propose a system that simulates menstruation-like cramps through electrical muscle stimulation (EMS). We conducted an experiment to compare and evaluate the natural and electrically stimulated menstrual cramps. The results show that menstrual cramps using EMS can reproduce the nature of periodic dull pain. However, in this study, the position where the pain occurred was shallow. Furthermore, we constructed a demonstration system based on the proposed method. From the exhibition, we confirmed that this experience can help verbalize menstrual-related discomfort and allow people to better understand menstrual symptoms. In other words, this experience will help eliminate negative perception of menstruation.

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DOI
https://doi.org/10.20965/jrm.2021.p1051
URL
https://www.fujipress.jp/main/wp-content/themes/Fujipress/hyosetsu.php?ppno=ROBOT003300050006
ID information
  • DOI : 10.20965/jrm.2021.p1051
  • ISSN : 0915-3942
  • eISSN : 1883-8049

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