You Name it, we’ve tried it. From hot water bottles, ice packs, exercises, chocolates to Sex. And just when we were about to bunker down in a chocolate laden hole, a new ray of hope comes to light in the form of a wearable tech.
Introducing Livia- this little device that claims to switch off period pain Livia is a TENS device, which uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to send gentle electric current through the skin to block the nerve pathways with the aim to stop pain in its tracks.
TENS devices aren’t anything new. In fact, they’ve been used by pregnant women for pain relief when giving birth for years. Unfortunately, there isn’t enough evidence to say whether or not TENS machines provide quantifiable or reliable pain relief so it’s very much down to the individuals experience with some users reporting huge benefits and others left reaching for the Ibrufen. However the technique is generally extremely safe to try and doesn’t involve any medication, so it is often chosen as a first course of action.
This device claim to take TENS to the next level, by matching its frequency levels and length of the electrical pulses to specifically block the type of pain associated with menstrual cramps. Each kit comes with colourful device. Two stickers( two electrodes) and a handy case to store everything in.
All you need to do is place the two stickers where you’re experiencing the cramps, and turn the machine on. You can adjust the strength of the electrical pulses with the plus and minus buttons and the device can be worn for 10 hours at a time.