Period pains is something women have had to deal with throughout their lives – some more significantly than others. But what if we told you that could be about to change?
Usually, the only remedies for our time of the month cramps involve a hot water bottle, ibuprofen and endless amounts of chocolate. However, a new technological device is promising to ‘switch off’ period pains entirely – no drugs or chocolate required.
The new invention, Livia, is a device that uses transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation to send a current through the skin and block the pain signals in your body. It can be worn for up to 10 hours at a time, meaning you can wear it whenever your cramps kick in – be it overnight or during the working day.
Livia has been compared to the mini TENS machine which some of you may know is used to stem the pain during labour. However, it does differ as the device uses the right kind of electrical pulses to ‘close the nerve-gate’ and therefore block the pan caused specifically by menstrual cramps.
It’s all pretty straight forward to put on; all you need to do is place two stickers where the pain is and turn the device on – then simply wait for it to save you from the agonising side effects of Mother Nature. If you are having trouble feeling the benefits of the Livia, you can adjust the strength of the pulses to make sure it is hitting the spot. Sounds great, right?
Well, all good things come at a price and this one isn’t on the cheap side – the device will set you back £119, which arguably is a bit steep. But, considering the fact that it promises to banish your period pains and can be used repeatedly, that’s a small price to pay. In fact, if you suffer regularly with unbearable menstrual cramps, it could be nothing short of a smart investment.
Plus, the price does include a colourful box including a cover for the device, a USB charging cable, a travel case, one set of Livia flower pads and a three-month supply of Livia gel pads.
Alternatively, if you’d like something a bit more natural (and affordable), you could try the new BeYou Period Cramp Relief Patch, which is said to do a similar job. Created using eucalyptus oil and menthol, the transdermal patches are both vegan-friendly, and cruelty-free. They help widen blood vessels and improve blood circulation around the womb encouraging a free flow of blood to the vessels lining the womb.
This in turn allows oxygen supply to the area, which stops chemicals that cause inflammation, uterus muscles from contracting and pain from being released. And what’s more? The BeYou Patch only costs £6.99. They are available now on BeYouOnline but will also be stocked in Harrods by the end of October.