This Tiny Machine Promises to Shock Away Your Period Cramps
This Tiny Machine Promises to Shock Away Your Period Cramps

In what feels like a rare medical innovation in the female reproductive health realm, a new company based in Israel called Livia has promised a way to cure us all of our debilitating cramps without any painkillers. That’s right. Unhand your bottles of ibuprofen and Midol, because there’s a (potential) new solution in town, and it’s basically a tiny little robot that vibrates/low-key shocks your cramps away.

If you think this sounds great, you’re not alone. Livia launched an Indiegogo campaign earlier this month, and with a month still left to match funding, the device has more than quadrupled its goal of $50,000 with $202,973 raised and counting. That’s a lot of money. I’m not sure how many bottles of painkillers or individual heating pads that would buy … but it’s probably more than you could use in your lifetime.

So how does this little machine work? If you’ve ever been to a physical therapist or a trainer, you’re familiar with the technology. Bari Kaplan, Livia’s chief medical advisor, told that it’s basically a small version of an electrical stimulation machine you might find in a doctor’s office. Livia uses a set frequency that’s designed to best penetrate and soothe the muscles that cramp up and cause you awful pain when you’re on your period, and it transmits that frequency through the little sticky pads you stick on your lower stomach.

“Mainly it’s working on a thing that we call the gate pathway,” Kaplan said. “It blocks any pain sensation message that’s going through the spinal cord. Everything else will continue normally, it doesn’t change the flow [of your period].”

Kaplan explained that the device is so safe, you can wear it all night long. So if you’re a person who has a tendency to get the kind of cramps that literally wake you up in the middle of the night, this could (feasibly) be a solution, or at least an alternative to keeping ibuprofen on your nightstand. The battery lasts for 15 hours, as Livia CEO Chen Nachum told, and is rechargeable with a USB cord, like your iPhone.

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