If, like me, you suffer with hideous period cramps every month (thanks for that, non-hormonal IUD), any products that claim to help are always added to basket ASAP. So, when I heard about the Livia portable, pain-blocking device – that promises to zap the cramps away in seconds by stimulating the nerves – I was eager to try it out. In the interest of full transparency, I was sent the product to try by the Livia PR team.
The way it works is incredibly straightforward: unpeel the gel patches that are attached to a wire that feeds into the main machine, which is a tiny handheld square device (available in a few different colours). Stick said gel patches onto your lower abdomen and hit the 'on' button, which releases what feels like a tiny electrical shock – it made me jump first time around, but isn't painful.
The Livia team say this 'shock' is actually a pulse designed to keep the nerves ‘busy’, thus blocking those pesky pain signals en route to your brain. As a user, it was reassuring to have complete control over how intense the pulses were.
Most importantly, my cramps stopped pretty much instantaneously. Now, this is no mean feat, given they're often so bad I use both BeYou natural cramp relieving patches and a hefty dose of Feminax to relieve them, and still wriggle in my chair, feeling like I'm being shanked in the womb.
MyLivia review ❤️❤️ #Repost @endobarbie • • • • • • 🇬🇧 As I promised this is my review of @myliviaofficial . For those who haven't had the opportunity to read about this device, Livia is an appliance that sends stimulating pulses from the surface of the skin to the nerve fibers, preventing pain signals from reaching the brain. These stimulating pulses are attached to the skin thought little stickers that are connected to the device. . I have been using Livia for at least three months and it's a helpful device with our cramps. A lot of us have cramps not only during the period but also for the rest of the month. Livia helps with the cramps that we have during the month without having to take pain relievers. . One of the advantages of this device is that you can use it under your clothes so nobody has to see it if you don't want it to be seen. . This is my personal experience. We must remember that each body is different. This is not an advertising post. . 🇪🇸 Como prometí, esta es mi reseña de @myliviaofficial . Para que no hayan tenido la oportunidad de leer sobre este dispositivo, Livia es un aparato que envía pulsos estimulantes desde la superficie de la piel a las fibras nerviosas, evitando que las señales de dolor lleguen al cerebro. Estos pulsos estimulantes están unidos a la piel a través de pequeñas pegatinas que están conectadas al dispositivo. . He estado usando Livia durante al menos tres meses y es un dispositivo útil con nuestros calambres. Muchas de nosotras tenemos calambres no solo durante el período sino también durante el resto del mes. Livia ayuda con los calambres que tenemos durante el mes sin tener que tomar analgésicos. . Una de las ventajas de este dispositivo es que puedes utilizarlo debajo de tu ropa asi que nadie tiene que verlo si tu no quieres que sea visto . Esta es mi experiencia personal. Debemos recordar que cada cuerpo es diferente. . Esta no es una publicación publicitaria. . #edometriosis #endowarrior #endoespaña #endostrong #chronicpain #endolife #endodiet #estrogenos #estrogens #endometriosissucks #endometriosisfighter #endobarbie #endometriosisawarness #endosisters #endohermanas #endostrong #endolife #thisisendometr
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The device retails at £199, so admittedly it's not cheap, but is currently on sale on Amazon for £125.99. It's also received good reviews from those who suffer from PCOS and endometriosis too – but like any product, there's no guarantee it will work for absolutely everybody. For me though, it's been a huge help in softening cramps when they're at their most intense. Which is, like, all the time.
For complete balance, critics of the Livia device say it's not an entirely new concept after all – but that it's instead a repackaged TENS unit (a Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation device) with an additional cost. One OB/GYN and pain medicine physician, Dr Jennifer Gunter, wrote about the device, "This is not new technology and it isn’t new for period pain. I have been prescribing them for well over 10 years," and added that you can purchase a "decent TENS machine on Amazon for $30".
For me personally, I'd never heard of TENS, so Livia does feel like a 'new' and exciting concept – one that has now a monthly staple.
Try for yourself:
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