If you or someone you know suffers from menstrual cramps with no mercy, you’ll want to take a look at this Indiegogo campaign that is revolutionizing the way women approach their periods.
The new product is currently in development and it’s called Livia. It presents a solution for woman needing pain relief from period cramps and it could be seen as a miracle, for some.
As a drug-free alternative, Livia is said to work instantly, and only needs to be bought once in lifetime for overall pain relief.
So, what is it? Livia is a device that uses electrodes to stimulate the nerves that signal menstrual pain, essentially blocking all those nasty pain messages from passing through the body to the brain. Wearers simply attach small, discreet electrodes to any area of their body that is experiencing period pain, and turn on their device for relief.
Yes, it sounds like a dream come true, doesn’t it? But as many know, all that glitters is not gold, and so skeptics are definitely sitting poised, ready to release the elephant in the room: Does it really work?
First of all, let’s focus on how it works. Based in science, Livia operates on the “Gate Control Theory” which rests on the assumption that if nerves are busy, they have a closed gate, and so pain signals are prevented from passing through the body and being felt-something that actually happens in the brain.
The device’s technology ‘occupies’ the nerves associated with the pain, and in effect, closes their doors so the message doesn’t get out and women feel symptom-free. The only limitation Livia is said to have, apart from not being able to be worn in water obviously, is that those who have a heart pacemaker or a heart rhythm problem should not use it.
So that’s how it works, but is it really effective? According to the developers, wearing Livia technology while experiencing period pain can reduce negative sensations by up to 80 percent, which is pretty remarkable. Livia was clinically tested on 163 women in a trial lead by Prof. Bari Kaplan from Women’s Hospital in Beilinson, Israel, and the results showed that the technology is so powerful, it could even go so far as to help women suffering from endometriosis.
Besides making periods tolerable, Livia has a few other conveniences. The device can easily be charged with a USB cable as it operates on internal batteries, like a cell phone. It’s also adjustable, making it easily customizable and able to meet the level of pain relief needed, depending on the individual.
A charged Livia lasts for up to 15 hours, allowing for hassle-free use away from home.
Livia is now available for $85USD, and will retail for $149USD once it hits stores, with orders having an estimated delivery time of October, 2016. The remarkable device has already reached 135% of its goal on Indiegogo, and it has two months left to raise more funds and gather orders, an indication in my mind that it’s destined to be a hit.
Now, to wait and see what the future really holds for women. Hopefully, this one’s a game-changer.