This 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.

Other than using contraceptives to skip their period altogether (just like astronauts do), menstruating women have precious few options to beat this thing and get on with their lives. Some over-the-counter pain-killers and a strategically placed hot water bottle is about it.

But there’s another option behind secret door #3, and early reports are saying this thing actually works. Dubbed Livia, this new medical device claims to be an“off switch for menstrual pain”.

Okay, so first thing’s first: how does this supposed ‘miracle cure’ actually work?

As the Livia website explains, the 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.

If it sounds too good to be true, I’m right there with you. But this thing has been getting some serious hype, according to Julia Belluz at Vox:

“Livia has received rave reviews in international women’s magazines likeCosmopolitan and Glamour, and more than 3,000 crowdfunders from around the world have put upward of $284,000 into Livia’s Indiegogo campaign.”

While founder and CEO of Livia, Chen Nachum, insists that they’ve so far tested the device on 163 women in two different trials, with more than 80 percent of them reporting pain-relieving effects, we’re yet to see the results for ourselves in a peer-reviewed study, so there’s still a whole lot we don’t know about this particular device.

But what we do know is that the technology Livia is based on isn’t new, and doctors have been prescribing it for years… Read More>>

Source: Science Alert

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