There are numerous “cures” for interval ache which have various success charges.
Girls who expertise interval ache have a couple of choices: They’ll lie round and let the world cease till they really feel higher (not a sensible choice for many), they will pop over-the-counter ache relievers till the ache subsides (and threat the potential unwanted side effects of taking too lots of these medicines), or they will look on-line via lists of pure cures which will or could not work.
Now there’s a fourth choice within the type of a tech gadget known as Livia, which guarantees reduction from ache. I made a decision to provide Livia a attempt to see if it actually works.
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Livia is a wearable machine you affix to your abdomen. In a nutshell, it’s supposed to dam ache indicators between your girl components and your mind. Livia is a TENS machine manufactured by iPulse Medical. TENS, which stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, works by sending steady, gentle electrical pulses via electrodes and into your pores and skin alongside your nerve pathways. These electrical pulses are supposed to assist block out the ache indicators that journey via your nerves.
Whereas Livia is a TENS unit much like those you should purchase on-line (like this one), the makers of Livia declare their product is healthier as a result of it has simply the best kind pulses (by way of frequency and size) to dam out the precise kind of ache related to menstruation.
At a look, Livia form of appears to be like like an old-school MP3 participant. It’s a small, 55 by 55 mm sq. machine encased inside a detachable case. On the machine, there’s an influence button, a plus button, a minus button, and a clip. You employ the plus and minus buttons to regulate the depth. There’s additionally one port to plug within the electrodes and one other to plug within the micro USB charging cable. You possibly can disguise Livia underneath you garments and put on it discreetly out in public.
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Making use of and sporting it
General, Livia is straightforward to use. The electrode flower pads come pre-applied with gel. So, all you need to do is cost the machine, plug the electrodes into the port, take away the protecting plastic, and place the 2 electrodes in your stomach. It takes a couple of moments of trial and error to search out the best placement for the electrodes, nevertheless it’s not a troublesome course of.
Livia could be very small, so nobody can inform whenever you’re sporting it. Simply clip the machine onto your clothes, and you may inconspicuously rock it whilst you go about your each day actions. You could possibly comfortably put on it to work, whereas operating errands, or whereas exercising with none challenge. Don’t attempt to go swimming with it, although, as a result of it’s not waterproof. You possibly can put on the machine for as much as 10 hours at a time. You possibly can put on it whereas resting or taking a day nap, nevertheless it is probably not a good suggestion to put on via the night time.
The science behind Livia
The makers of Livia declare it relieves menstrual ache and discomfort, will increase emotions of effectively being and is an total secure remedy. However does the analysis on TENS gadgets again these claims?
In keeping with a report printed within the Nationwide Middle for Biotechnology Info, U.S. Nationwide Library of Drugs, “Each HF (excessive frequency) and LF (low frequency) TENS (have) been proven to offer analgesia particularly when utilized at a robust, non-painful depth.” Nevertheless, over time, an individual can kind a tolerance to the identical TENS frequency, depth, and pulse length. The report additionally says that TENS can improve the focus of endorphins within the bloodstream, which supplies some credibility to Livia’s well-being claims.
Does it relieve interval ache?
I attempted Livia for menstrual ache. I didn’t use any menstrual reduction medicines in the course of the remedy, together with NSAIDs like ibuprofen or Naproxen, along with the Livia machine, nor did I take advantage of every other interval medicines like Midol.
As I discussed earlier than, I needed to regulate the location of the electrodes a couple of instances to get them within the perfect place, and I additionally needed to regulate the heartbeat setting. The optimum placement and settings will probably be completely different for every particular person. The unit has 16 depth settings. I set the machine on the level-7 setting, and inside 5 minutes, it started to offer reduction. It made the ache far more manageable with out the usage of any remedy. I’d say that total, my cramps have been lowered by 75 p.c, which is fairly important.
I did discover an itching sensation on the pores and skin after sporting the machine for a number of hours. However, that sensation went away 20 to 30 minutes after eradicating the electrodes. The battery lasted for about 14.5 hours earlier than I needed to cost the machine, nevertheless it reached a full cost once more pretty shortly (in roughly 70 minutes).
Must you purchase it?
As a result of everyone seems to be completely different, Livia could assist some folks greater than others. It helped me, and others have reported that Livia makes ache related to situations like endometriosis extra bearable. However be warned that another customers say the machine doesn’t work for them. In case you determine to purchase Livia, it’ll value you $158 on Amazon, which is admittedly slightly dear.
Just lately, nevertheless, a few of our readers knowledgeable us that they’ve been having points with their models not working as meant. We reached out to Livia for a press release, so that you’ll discover the corporate’s response beneath.
“As is the case with many small firms and startups, we’ve skilled some rising pains. Sadly, for a small share of our prospects our service ranges haven’t met our requirements or their wants. Importantly, we’re studying alongside the way in which and are proactively making the mandatory enhancements to our success and customer support departments. Our objective is make sure that all of our prospects stay blissful – and never simply with our product (which about 97% of them most definitely are), however with our service as effectively.
Our firm was based to assist girls lastly discover the efficient, fast-acting, drug-free reduction from menstrual ache they deserve. As a result of we wish to allow all girls to really feel snug attempting Livia, we’ve a really liberal 120-day money-back assure. We would like our prospects to essentially expertise the product, take their time with it, and have a good likelihood to make up their minds about whether or not or not they wish to preserve it. Only a few firms have such a coverage.
Whereas the overwhelming majority of our prospects are very proud of our service, we’re working methodically so that each one of our prospects obtain not solely the unsurpassed menstrual ache reduction they deserve, however the unsurpassed service they deserve.”