- This Tiny Period Cramp Device Is Scamming Women Out of Money
- Appearance of the Livia Menstrual Pain Relief Device
- Testing the Livia Menstrual Pain Relief Device
- Does Livia stop cramps?
- Overall thoughts on Livia
- Vox knocks it out of the park with well-done story on new device for menstrual pain
- I wore a device that claims to get rid of period pain—and this is what happened
- Day One
- Day Two
- Day Three
- Day Four
- My takeaway
- (Blue-green) – Livia-The Off Switch for Menstrual Pain-Blue-Green
- This New Device Claims to ‘Switch Off’ Period Pain
This Tiny Period Cramp Device Is Scamming Women Out of Money
In December 2018, around the same time she was diagnosed with endometriosis, Lindsey Lavender noticed a new set of seemingly targeted ads on her Facebook and Instagram feeds. They were for a period cramp management system called Livia: a little square-shaped device, no bigger than a colorful iPod mini, that claimed to use a minimal electric current to stimulate the skin and muscles, and block the pain from cramps. Sick of taking a bunch of medication every month to get through her extremely painful periods, Lavender, 28, asked her gynecologist if the Livia might be a good option. Though her doctor had never heard of it, she told Lavender that if she thought it might help, she should give it a try.
And for a while, the Livia did help. It wasn’t the total “off switch for menstrual pain” that it billed itself as, but Lavender tells VICE that it more-or-less did what it was supposed to do, which was make her cramps less bad. But about a month later, Lavender and her gyno agreed that she needed to stop having her period altogether. Which would mean no more cramps, and no more use for the Livia. Lavender reached out to Livia to ask about returning her device within the advertised 120-day window; she was paying for nursing school, facing new expenses related to managing her endometriosis, and wanted to recoup the $150 she spent on her now-unnecessary device.
A customer service rep responded that Lavender was well within Livia’s promised “120-day, money-back guarantee” window and they’d accept her device. A few weeks later, she packed it up, paid the $8 shipping with tracking to send it to an address in Georgia, and waited for the money to hit her account. And then she continued to wait for seven months, as various customer service employees representing Livia dodged Lavender’s repeated requests for information on when she’d get her “guaranteed” money back.
Scores of complaints on basically every online forum available—Trustpilot, the Better Business Bureau website, and Livia’s Facebook page—document an almost identical experience. Despite Livia’s promises of a “risk-free” trial and “money-back guarantee,” dozens of women say they ordered the device, returned it after communicating with a customer service rep, and months later, are still waiting to get their money back.
In an email statement sent to VICE, Chen Nachun, Livia’s CEO, writes that the company is proactively looking into the issue, and adds that Livia “was founded with a desire to help women who often cannot find safe, drug-free relief from menstrual pain elsewhere; our company was founded to help women.” But women who are waiting upwards of six months to get their money back say they feel duped, not helped.
“Maybe they just really don’t have their stuff together—but if this is a predatory model, then they’re preying on young women who are in pain and looking for a solution,” Monica*, who’s been waiting for her own Livia refund since early March 2019, tells VICE. “That’s what makes me really angry.”
Livia became available in 2016, after crowdfunding more than $1.7 million through Indiegogo. The small device, which is just a little box and two wires with sticky pads that attach to the skin, advertised itself as a way to stop period cramps without taking any medication. It’s meant to do this using something the company refers to as “gate control theory,” which is an idea that a non-pain sensation can distract the body from feeling a nearby painful one. As Dr. Jen Gunter, an OB-GYN and author of The Vagina Bible, wrote back in May 2016 on her personal website, the Livia is, essentially, a cute TENS unit; a common medical device that manages pain by pulsing electricity through the muscles.
“This is not new technology and it isn’t new for period pain. I have been prescribing them for well over 10 years,” Gunter wrote. “As TENS technology for period pain has been around for a long time it seems rather disingenuous to call it ‘new.’ And then there is the $85 cost—you can get a decent one on Amazon for $30.”
The Livia now costs more than double its originally advertised $85. At full-price, it’s $200, though the women VICE spoke with all got their devices at a discounted price of $150 (Livia often runs promotions). Monica, 26, initially thought she’d order her Livia through Amazon, but was drawn to the promotion and 120-day return window on Livia’s website, since she was concerned about a skin sensitivity. In an email shared with VICE, a Livia customer service rep assured Monica that if she ordered “through the Livia website, get a 120-day money back period.”
The words “TRY LIVIA RISK-FREE” and “100% Money Back Guarantee” are plastered across the Livia homepage, promises that eased the sticker shock of a $150 device. “It took me a couple months to get on board with purchasing something of that amount without really being able to touch it,” Morgan Stueckler, 20, tells VICE.
Stueckler has endometriosis and runs a support group for it online; she was ultimately convinced to buy the Livia after another woman in her group said it’d worked for her. “It doesn’t necessarily work on the worst days possible, but it helps with the mild to moderate cramping,” she says. She’s had her Livia since June 2018, and last month, the small plastic clip that’s meant to keep the device attached to a waistband broke. Stueckler tried to use Livia’s two-year warranty, and a rep told her she had to pay to ship it to an address in Savannah, Georgia.
“To clarify: That would mean that I have to pay to ship back a device that has broken before the warranty is up, not have the device for upwards of months because it takes so long for you to ship the new one here, and I must have the original packing ship from over a year ago?” Stueckler wrote in response. “That seems like a scam and also a terrible way to do business.”
The company replied this was its policy, “and we should follow it.” But during this exchange, Stueckler started reading reviews on Livia’s Facebook page. A few positive reviews that read like ad copy were sprinkled in among negative reviews that admonish Livia’s customer service, and mention waiting months for promised refunds.
“I’ve read that a lot of people have sent it back and then not gotten another device or a refund,” Stueckler says. “I’m an endometriosis patient, the device is really helpful for me; going a couple months without anything would be really difficult. I would be more worried about sending it back and then nothing.” She decided to keep the partially functional device rather than risk losing it, and her money.
Comments still trickle in on Livia’s ultra-successful Indiegogo page every few months, and almost every one from the past several years is a complaint related to customer service:
“Do not buy this. I bought one, it took over a year to arrive. Then only worked for 4 months before it no longer charged. Now I’m being told if I want a new one I have to ship the old one at my own expense to Israel,” reads one comment, posted about a year ago. “As an original Indiegogo funder I’m frustrated I didn’t pay more attention to the problems people were having with the company before we finally got the Livias. I wanted to give them the benefit of the doubt and basically had my money stolen from me. This company is a sham for substandard Tens machines.”
The best year for the company seems to have been 2018, when the device received a Gold Edison Award in the Women’s Wellbeing category, as well as a Femtech award from Women’s Health magazine. These awards are posted on the Livia website, just above a button that reads, “Try it risk-free.”
In an emailed statement, Nachum wrote that the company is “deeply apologetic for any inconvenience caused,” and that Livia is tracking each case closely and has been in contact with each customer who has requested a refund. After posting negative reviews about her experience on Facebook, Twitter, and Trustpilot, Monica was told to contact a customer service rep named Adi directly, and on Thursday morning, finally heard that she was being issued a refund.
Lavender had a similar experience. She’d given up on trying to get her money back, even though, as a nursing student, she could really use her $150 back. She posted a negative review on the Livia Facebook page in June of this year, and two months later, someone within the company got in touch after seeing her post and said she’d like to give her the refund she was long overdue. “I received it in the beginning of September,” Lavender says. “It took me seven months to get my refund of 150 bucks.”
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Do you find yourself dreading a certain week every month? Agonizing menstrual cramps have the power to take over your life for days at a time, and the worst part is that it can happen like clockwork every month. In some cases, you’ll miss school, work, or you’re forced to cuddle up to a hot water bottle and pop pills every few hours just so you can get a few hours of sleep.
If this has been happening to you, you’re going to love Livia. The Livia Menstrual Pain Relief Device will zap away your period pain in less than 1/2 hour. It sends electrical impulses to your abdomen or your lower back and those impulses stop your stomach cramps and lower back pain. The best part? That relief lasts a long time after you turn it off.
Here’s my look at the Livia Menstrual Pain Relief Device, what it can do, and just how well it works to block cramps. Spoiler alert: it really does!
Appearance of the Livia Menstrual Pain Relief Device
No one wants to advertise the fact that they are suffering from crippling cramps, and that’s why Livia is designed to be discrete. The main power unit is a small, square device that’s just over 2 x 2 inches. The power unit is covered by a plastic case that has a power button and what looks like volume controls. There’s also a place to plug-in the electrodes and a port to charge it via the included USB charging cable.
You can buy different cases for Livia so you can switch up your colour options. These cases don’t add anything to the device, but they’re cute and it’s always nice to pick your favourite colour.
Testing the Livia Menstrual Pain Relief Device
For me, horrible cramps were something that I experienced mostly in my teens and early twenties. I remember vividly being curled up on the couch crying in pain for at least two days every month, and there’s no question that it caused a serious disruption in my school life.
That type of pain must be hereditary because my 16-year-old daughter now suffers from the same type of cramps. Because of that, I thought she would be the best candidate to give the Livia menstrual pain block smart device a good test.
How does Livia work to stop period cramps?
Livia is a TENS unit. The science behind using a TENS unit for period pain is that the vibration from the unit will travel faster to the brain than the signal from the pain. In a nutshell, the brain is more receptive to the vibration signal, so it stops the pain.
Battery life of Livia Menstrual Pain Relief Device
Before you use the Livia Menstrual Pain Relief Device you’ll have to charge it. You can plug it into any USB port in your home and leave it to charge, and it takes about an hour and a half to reach a full charge.
Once it’s charged you should be able to use the Livia for 15 hours before you need to charge again. In our experience, that battery life depends on how strong you’ve set the current and how long you use it at one time without turning it off. The longest we used it before it needed a charge was 7 hours.
Applying Livia electrodes
When you have cramps you want to curl up in a ball and lie down until they go away. At first glance, you’ll probably really wonder how Livia could help you avoid spending half the day in bed, but we found that it does exactly that.
The first step to using Livia is placing the electrode flower pads on the exact spot where you’re experiencing pain. On my daughter that spot was her stomach and lower back, so we switched it up for her depending on where it hurt. The flower pads come with a gel that’s most likely the same product they use with ultrasound machines.
The pads move around easily, so if you don’t hit the exact spot the first time you place them, you can pop them off and move them. Once your pads are on the area you turn on the power pack and adjust the strength of the electric pulse.
The power pack clips onto your pants and hides underneath your clothes. No one will ever know you’re wearing it.
What does Livia feel like and is it scary to wear?
Given that my daughter was really scared of using this device, I thought I should address whether or not it’s scary to use. After all, the idea of placing electrodes on your body can be a little intimidating, especially for a teenage girl.
What I can say without a doubt is that Livia is safe and, even at the most powerful settings, definitely not painful. At the lowest setting, you can barely feel it. As you increase the current you feel a small buzz at each new step, then it vibrates steadily.
It gives you a strange feeling in the area the electrodes are, but even at level 8, I didn’t feel like it was painful. It was just a steady, strong pulse. I honestly think one of the ways it works is by distracting you from the pain in that area. You aren’t as focused on the cramps when your stomach is abdomen is vibrating from the pads.
Does Livia stop cramps?
Yes, Livia works. I’m sure your success will depend on how long you use the device and how strong you set it, but it stopped my daughter’s intense cramps within 15 minutes. I think if she wasn’t so afraid to turn it up to a stronger level, it would have stopped them much faster.
We timed from the moment she put Livia on, set it to a mid-strength setting of 4 to start, and waited. Within 15 minutes the worst of the pain was completely gone, and as long as she was wearing the device, her cramps stayed away until the battery died.
When she turned the device off the cramps stayed away for 30 minutes before they began to return. That was enough time to get a half charge in, so she could put the device back on and start again.
Because Livia is so discrete, you can wear it all day without anyone knowing it’s there. Given how well it works, there’s really nothing preventing you from wearing it all day until the battery dies. Just to test it out, I put it on in the morning and just left it on all day, and I found at level 8 I got about 7 hours.
They don’t recommend you wear Livia all night long, and that’s the only downside. Cramps can intensify at night, making it hard to sleep.
Overall thoughts on Livia
Although my daughter initially thought this device was a little scary to use, after two months of using it she’s a huge fan. With Livia, you know the cramps will stop once you begin using it. When you just take Advil or another painkiller for cramps, you aren’t really sure it will help.
Our only wish for this device is that the battery would last longer with continuous use. Other than that, it’s a true lifesaver when you’re in pain from menstrual cramps.
Livia is now available at Best Buy. So, try it out and you’ll see how you don’t have to live with cramps anymore.
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There are many “remedies” for period pain that have varying success rates.
Women who experience period pain have a few options: They can lie around and let the world stop until they feel better (not a realistic option for most), they can pop over-the-counter pain relievers until the pain subsides (and risk the potential side effects of taking too many of those medications), or they can look online through lists of natural remedies that may or may not work.
Now there’s a fourth option in the form of a tech gadget called Livia, which promises relief from pain. I decided to give Livia a try to see if it really works.
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What is Livia?
Livia is a wearable device you affix to your stomach. In a nutshell, it’s supposed to block pain signals between your lady parts and your brain. Livia is a TENS device manufactured by iPulse Medical. TENS, which stands for transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation, works by sending continuous, mild electrical pulses through electrodes and into your skin along your nerve pathways. These electrical pulses are supposed to help block out the pain signals that travel through your nerves.
While Livia is a TENS unit similar to the ones you can purchase online (like this one), the makers of Livia claim their product is better because it has just the right type of electrical pulses (in terms of frequency and length) to block out the specific type of pain associated with menstruation.
At a glance, Livia kind of looks like an old-school MP3 player. It’s a small, 55 by 55 mm square device encased inside of a removable case. On the device, there’s a power button, a plus button, a minus button, and a clip. You use the plus and minus buttons to adjust the intensity. There’s also one port to plug in the electrodes and another to plug in the micro USB charging cable. You can hide Livia under you clothes and wear it discreetly out in public.
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Applying and wearing it
Overall, Livia is easy to apply. The electrode flower pads come pre-applied with gel. So, all you have to do is charge the device, plug the electrodes into the port, remove the protective plastic, and place the two electrodes on your abdomen. It takes a few moments of trial and error to find the ideal placement for the electrodes, but it’s not a difficult process.
Livia is very small, so no one can tell when you’re wearing it. Just clip the device onto your clothing, and you can inconspicuously rock it while you go about your daily activities. You could comfortably wear it to work, while running errands, or while exercising without any issue. Don’t try to go swimming with it, though, because it’s not waterproof. You can wear the device for up to 10 hours at a time. You can wear it while resting or taking an afternoon nap, but it may not be a good idea to wear through the night.
The science behind Livia
The makers of Livia claim it relieves menstrual pain and discomfort, increases feelings of well being and is an overall safe treatment. But does the research on TENS devices back these claims?
According to a report published in the National Center for Biotechnology Information, U.S. National Library of Medicine, “Both HF (high frequency) and LF (low frequency) TENS (have) been shown to provide analgesia specifically when applied at a strong, non-painful intensity.” However, over time, a person can form a tolerance to the same TENS frequency, intensity, and pulse duration. The report also says that TENS can increase the concentration of endorphins in the bloodstream, which gives some credibility to Livia’s well-being claims.
Does it relieve period pain?
I tried Livia for menstrual pain. I did not use any menstrual relief medications during the treatment, including NSAIDs like ibuprofen or Naproxen, in conjunction with the Livia device, nor did I use any other period medications like Midol.
As I mentioned before, I had to adjust the placement of the electrodes a few times to get them in the ideal position, and I also had to adjust the pulse setting. The optimal placement and settings will likely be different for each individual. The unit has 16 intensity settings. I set the device on the level-7 setting, and within five minutes, it began to provide relief. It made the pain much more manageable without the use of any medication. I’d say that overall, my cramps were reduced by 75 percent, which is pretty significant.
I did notice an itching sensation on the skin after wearing the device for several hours. But, that sensation went away 20 to 30 minutes after removing the electrodes. The battery lasted for approximately 14.5 hours before I had to charge the device, but it reached a full charge again fairly quickly (in roughly 70 minutes).
Should you buy it?
Because everyone is different, Livia may help some people more than others. It helped me, and others have reported that Livia makes pain associated with conditions like endometriosis more bearable. But be warned that some other users say the device doesn’t work for them. If you decide to buy Livia, it’ll cost you $158 on Amazon, which is admittedly a little pricey.
Recently, however, some of our readers informed us that they’ve been having issues with their units not working as intended. We reached out to Livia for a statement, so you’ll find the company’s response below.
“As is the case with many small companies and startups, we have experienced some growing pains. Unfortunately, for a small percentage of our customers our service levels have not met our standards or their needs. Importantly, we are learning along the way and are proactively making the necessary improvements to our fulfillment and customer service departments. Our goal is ensure that all of our customers remain happy – and not just with our product (which about 97% of them most certainly are), but with our service as well.
Our company was founded to help women finally find the effective, fast-acting, drug-free relief from menstrual pain they deserve. Because we want to enable all women to feel comfortable trying Livia, we have a very liberal 120-day money-back guarantee. We want our customers to really experience the product, take their time with it, and have a fair chance to make up their minds about whether or not they want to keep it. Very few companies have such a policy.
While the vast majority of our customers are very happy with our service, we are working methodically so that all of our customers receive not only the unsurpassed menstrual pain relief they deserve, but the unsurpassed service they deserve.”
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I wore a device that claims to get rid of period pain—and this is what happened
Let’s face it. Menstrual pain sucks. For some people, the pain is dull and hardly noticeable. For others, especially those who suffer from endometriosis, the pain is so severe they’re unable to get out of bed. Painkillers like Midol or Pamprin help reduce the pain, but the side effects can be unpleasant. That’s where Livia comes in.
Livia is a wearable gadget designed to provide significant relief from menstrual pain. It works by sending electric pulses to your lower abdominal area. These electric pulses stimulate the nerves and trick your body into not feeling period pain. It’s about the size of an MP3 player (throwback!) and comes in a variety of colors.
Naturally, I was skeptical. Does Livia really “turn off” menstrual pain? It almost sounds too good to be true. My menstrual pain is far more manageable now thanks to birth control, but high school was a different story. Is this little device good enough to replace my hot water bottle? Here’s what I found out:
The package consisted of one Livia device, two electrodes, one device cable, one charging cable, and four gel stickers. The instructional packet was simple and easy to follow. First, I stuck the flower shaped electrodes to my lower abdomen. Next, I connected the cable to the teal colored device. Then, Livia in hand, I hesitated. Was I really going to zap myself?
I tried out the lowest intensity. Not bad. Nothing too, dare I say, shocking (ha). I felt small vibrations, but it didn’t really hurt. That said, the highest intensity made me jump out of my skin. The initial zap was surprising, but far from painful. However, once I got accustomed to it, it wasn’t bad. Rarely do I get cramps on the first day of my period, though. For me, the misery really begins on the second or third day.
Ah. There she is. Aunt Flow has entered the building, folks. Sigh.
I woke up feeling sluggish and unwell. When I rolled over to check my phone, which was sitting on the nightstand, I was hit by a massive wave of crippling pain. Thankfully, I was already wearing the Livia device, so I turned it on and upped the intensity. The relief was almost immediate. I had moderate cramps throughout the day, but Livia zapped them away.
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By the third day, I felt like a balloon that was about to pop. Yay, bloating! My cramps were inconsistent throughout the day, so I only used Livia when I really needed it. The period pain usually spiked whenever I stood up after sitting for a long time. When I got a cramp, I switched on the gadget and bumped up the intensity. Like magic, my cramps subsided. I never had to crack open a bottle of painkillers.
Admittedly, I was nervous about using Livia in public. My colleagues knew I was testing the device, but I was afraid they’d see me reaching inside my sweatshirt. Awkward, right? But thanks to the discreet design, I was able to control Livia without them noticing. Clipped to my belt loop, the gadget was within reach at all times. When I got used to Livia, I could even control it without looking at the buttons.
I was having period pain in my lower back on the fourth day. Since Livia is designed to help with back pain too, I decided to give it a whirl. But when I stuck the electrodes to my back and increased the intensity, I could barely feel it. For some reason, the device worked better for my lower abdominal pain. I couldn’t exactly pinpoint why.
At this point, the electrodes were starting to pinch my skin. I had been wearing the machine day in and day out. Hell, I even slept with the device for two nights. According to the Livia website, you can wear the device “whenever you want.” Unless you have a pacemaker or some kind of heart condition, you’re free to wear it as long or as little as you like. But, at the end of the day, I was more than ready to remove Livia. It was getting uncomfortable.
I’m not a medical professional, so I can only share my personal experience. Livia worked for me, but I don’t know if it will work for you. When it comes to periods, there are a lot of variables to consider. Some people suffer from debilitating cramps, while others feel nothing at all. Whether it’s genetics or a disorder like endometriosis, no two bodies are the same.
Me? My period generally lasts for about three to four days. I feel pain, for sure, but it doesn’t prevent me from living a normal life. I will say that Livia is uncomfortable to wear for more than a day or two. After a while, the electrodes began pinching my skin. Personally, I’d use it in short intervals, especially when I’m home and in my pajamas.
Livia currently retails for $149. It comes in blue-green, lavender, purple, and pink. If you suffer from severe cramps, I definitely think it’s a worthwhile investment. But, if you have moderate cramps like me, I suggest snuggling up with a heating pad or hot water bottle. Again, it’s up to the individual. My advice is to do what’s best for you.
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QUICK SUMMARY: Livia absolutely helped lessen my period cramp pain!!! Thank you, Livia!!!!! Livia did not completely get rid of my cramps. (That blessed miracle, always just out of reach…) The battery life is my only negative.
First of all, I waited until I had used my Livia device for two periods before posting this, so that I could give the most accurate information possible. I get cramps for the first 2 days of my period, every month. I don’t have PCOS or anything like that, just your standard (gross, stomach-churning, twisting, painful, brutal) cramps, for 48 straight hours. For years, I have taken Midol and tried to use a heating pad constantly to alleviate the pain. The issue is that Midol makes me feel woozy, disoriented, and completely OUT OF IT, while also keeping me up at night. It’s honestly almost as bad as the cramps. I tried taking caffeine-free medicine (Pamprin), and it barely touched the pain of the cramps. (I also have an allergy to NSAIDS, so no Advil or Excedrin for me.) My cramps were painful enough that they 100% affected the way I live during those two days.
So when I read about Livia, and saw it was available on Prime, I bought it almost immediately. The cost was a little scary for something that might not work at all, but I have 4 sisters and thought if it didn’t work for me, maybe it would work for one of them. At least someone would profit from my $150 haha. The package arrived promptly and the instructions were simple. I charged the device, which took about 5 hours from dead to fully charged, and the next day the pain arrived.
Attaching the gel pads to the electrodes was very easy, as was placing the electrodes on my lower back. I clipped the device to a belt loop on my jeans, and it was completely covered by my sweater. I asked one of my coworkers and she couldn’t see it at all. I hit the power button and clicked it about 10 times before I felt it buzzing fairly strong.
After using Livia for two periods, I would say that you should definitely have the pulse up a little higher than a “light tickle”, as the pamphlet says. I found that if I had the pulse up to a fairly strong buzz, it really did only take about 2 or 3 minutes before the cramping pain started to fade. I 100% experienced a lessening of my cramp pain. And I also found it to be true that I would only need to use the electrodes for about an hour… then I could turn them off and the cramps would NOT return for a solid 2 or 3 hours.
They did return eventually though, which leads me to my reason for only giving 4 stars instead of 5. Livia’s battery does not last through the night. It also definitely (in my experience) takes longer than “1 hour, 15 minutes” to recharge (which is what the product description says). I found that it took about 4 hours to charge from almost dead to full. Nor does it last “15 hours” on a charge, unless they mean it lasting 15 hours without being used often… which would be a strange way of phrasing it. I found the battery only lasted about 3 or 4 hours on continuous use. This doesn’t affect me so much during the day, when I can turn it off after an hour, and then wait for the cramps to come back, and then turn it back on. However, nighttime was a bit of an issue, especially if it’s not fully charged when you put it on before bed. I would fall asleep with it on (a great feeling by itself, because normally I can barely sleep at all when I have cramps), and then wake up a few hours later when the buzzing stopped, AKA it died. I plugged it in to charge, the cramps would come back then in about 2 hours, and then I’d be awake with cramps and a mostly-dead Livia. I solved this by using a heating pad, which always helps my cramps, but I wish the battery life was longer. I guess the solution is to make sure it’s fully charged before you go to bed, but sometimes life gets in the way and it’s hard to do that. Or I could set an alarm for about an hour after I go to bed, wake up and turn the device off, and then turn it back on again when my cramps came back and woke me up? (UGH the struggle is real.)
One more note: I used Livia 99% on my lower back, and only a few times on my stomach. But in both cases, I found that positioning the gel pads DIRECTLY over the strongest pain spot, was very important. I fiddled around with the placement on my back a few times, and moving it even just half an inch lower or to the side made a difference to the pain relief. Be patient, and don’t get frustrated if it doesn’t seem to work the first time. Play around with the placement, and the strength of the electronic pulse, and you should be able to find the best use for your pain relief.
To finally conclude: I would definitely recommend Livia to any woman with period pain. The device gave me a lot of relief, not just from the pain, but also from the hassle of Midol’s side effects. I love how compact and cute Livia is (I got the lavender color!), and how easy it is to use and charge. I also was able to use the same gel pads for two periods, so that’s a plus. The battery life is a little disappointing but more than worth dealing with, for the relief I get. My sisters will have to buy their own Livia devices, because I’m keeping this one!
UPDATE (8/29/18): To make this review even longer, I want to add an additional note. After 4 months, the cord that attaches to the flower pad electrodes on my device started shorting out. The current would disconnect if I bumped the cord, and I’d have to jiggle it around to get the current to start flowing again (kind of like an old cell phone charging cord might do). I emailed the company, and had a response within 24 hours. They shipped me a replacement cord free of charge, and it works great. So I just wanted to add that even though it was disappointing that I had issues with my cord after only a few months, the customer service was excellent as far as replacing it goes.
This New Device Claims to ‘Switch Off’ Period Pain
Gunter told Vox she’s been prescribing high-frequency TENS for period pain for more than 15 years, and while the technique doesn’t necessary work for everyone, it really helps some women. “Prescribed one this morning, in fact,” she said.
Right now, you’re able to preorder a Livia device for US$85 and wait six months for it to ship, and Nacham says they’re in the middle of another study, this time with 60 participants, to get a better idea of how effective it is.
And while we certainly 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.
Gunter told Vox that her main concern with the device is that it might not provide frequencies that are high enough to be effective, and Nacham has refused to comment on the device’s exact frequency, perhaps for competition reasons.
If you’re really curious, head to your GP now and get them to fill you in on TENS. Even if it turns out that Livia doesn’t actually live up to the hype, you’ve got a whole lot of science on your side if you want to try the generic version.
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Livia is a drug-free solution. Using two electrodes that transmit electric pulses to your lower abdominal area, Livia blocks the cramps. It’s simple, and has no side effects.
Livia’s pulses address the pain immediately. There is no waiting and no adjustments are needed.
9 out of 10 women suffer from menstrual pains. 2 out of 10 consider them unbearable. At least half had tried a variety of solutions. Livia is the perfect solution. Using technology-based on gate control theory, Livia transmits a very specific pulse that keeps the nerves “busy”. Busy nerves mean that the nerve gate is closed; pain signals can’t pass through and are not felt.
When placing the order to buy Livia, you will be asked for the color choice, but that is not all, you can buy different skins in different colors to swith the color of your Livia any time.
Impressive Clinical Results
A leading medical institution conducted an independent clinical study in which 163 women who suffer from significant menstrual pain were given a Livia device. Did Livia help? 80% of the women said that Livia allowed them to significantly or completely eliminate the use of pain medications.
Livia: The drug-free solution to menstrual pain. Period!
Just listen to the doctor
“Over 50% of women suffer primarily menstrual cramps, for which they consume large amounts of painkillers. Livia uses a pain relief method that does not involve drug consumption. The idea is to close the “pain gates”. The device stimulates the nerves, making it impossible for the pain to pass. The method Livia uses has been proven effective in several clinical studies and I strongly recommend the use of the device to relieve PMS at any time.”
-Prof. Bari Kaplan
Using Livia is easy
- 1 Clip it ON
- 2 Turn it ON
- 3 Feel the RELIEF
What is in the Livia kit?
- (1) Livia Device
- (1) Livia Classic Cover (in color of your choice)
- (1) Livia USB Charging cable
- (1) Livia Travel Case
- (1) Livia Flower Pads
- (3) Months Supply of Gel Pads 3 Feel the RELIEF What is in the Livia kit?