New device claims to ‘switch off’ period pain!

It’s estimated that nine out of 10 women suffer from period pain each month, and an unfortunate 10 percent of those will get it so bad, they could be incapacitated for up to three days.

This device comes with two electrodes, which you need to place on the painful areas on your abdomen. Switch the device on, and these electrodes will start delivering imperceptible electric pulses to your nerves, which will settle the pain.

What we do know is that the technology Livia is based on isn’t new, and doctors have been prescribing it for years.  Known as TENS (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), electronic nerve stimulators have been used to treat all kinds of pain in the past, from neck and back aches to labour pain. It basically works by ‘confusing’ your body’s nervous system, so it can’t figure out what to do with the pain signals it’s supposed to be delivering to your brain.

tens unit

The idea is very simple, the nerve system cannot work with two types of signals at the same time! Because the signals from the device reach the brain faster than the pain signals from the nerves, the brain doesn’t have time to register your menstrual cramps.

We don’t recommend that you invest in one until we see the actual study results, it’ll be interesting to see if Livia’s application to the US Food and Drug Administration (FDA) as a menstrual pain reliever will be approved.

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