For many, lying on your sofa curled up around a hot water bottle reaching for a pack of painkillers like they’re your only chance of survival is not an unfamiliar scenario. In fact, thanks to the wonder that is the menstrual cycle, it can be part of many people’s monthly routine and it can be truly debilitating. When your uterus has put on its blood paint and started beating its war drum (which just so happens to be itself) it really can feel like there’s no cure that will work fast enough.
If this is something that strikes a chord with you, you might be interested in Livia, a device that promises to “turn off” menstrual cramps and turn them off quickly. The Livia works by using electromagnetic pulses to stimulate your nerves, keeping them too ‘busy’ to properly transmit pain signals to your brain.
This isn’t a new method of pain relief, it’s based on the “Gate Control Theory” which asserts that stimulation by non-noxious input is able to suppress pain. Professor Bari Kaplan, a medical adviser for the Livia, explains that this method of pain relief has been tested before:
“Livia uses a pain relief method that does not involve drug consumption. The idea is to close the “pain gates”. The device stimulates the nerves, making it impossible for pain to pass. The method Livia uses has been proven effective in several clinical studies and I strongly recommend the use of the device to relieve PMS pain at any time.”
To use the Livia you simply attach two pads to your lower abdomen or back, clip the little square that’s not unlike an MP3 player to your waistband, turn it on, and decide how much stimulation you need to alleviate your pain. We imagine it would take some trial and error to figure out how much stimulation works for you, and it would no doubt be best to start low and work your way up; it might be causing you misery but your uterus doesn’t deserve a Pikachu-style thunderbolt.
If you’re wondering just how much pain the Livia is able to help with, according to its Indiegogo page it will help relieve severe menstrual pains and even help to reduce the pain of endometriosis. In cases of significant pain they say it can offer relief of up to 80%. The device operates using a rechargeable battery and each full charge should allow for around 15 hours of use.
The Livia claims to have many advantages over using drugs or natural methods such as exercising or cutting out salt – you’ll pry that peanut butter from my cold, dead hands – namely that it works quickly and keeps pain at bay for as long as it’s on. In addition it has no side effects, you won’t build up a tolerance, and you can use it continually for years without having to buy a new one.
By far our favourite thing about the Livia is its intensely sarcastic pitch video which pokes fun at the product’s perplexingly extensive colour range. You can watch below:
The Livia is seeking funding now on Indiegogo where it’s proven to be a hit. Initially seeking $50,000, at time of writing it’s raised $123,115 with 2 months of its campaign to go. If you’d like to get your own Livia you can still contribute to the campaign: a pledge of $85 (£60) will secure you a full Livia set in your choice of colour with an expected delivery of October 2016.
Just 6 more periods away. Great.