3. So how
does Livia work?
BuzzFeed talked to Dr. Jen Gunter,
OB/GYN and pain specialist, who gave us the rundown. Gunter
explained that Livia seems to work as a Transcutaneous
Electrical Nerve Stimulation unit (TENS unit), which does
work for pain management. The idea is that the vibration from
the device travels faster than pain, and the brain likes the
signal it gets first. If you get a vibration signal, that
will then shut the door to pain.
4. We were
curious if this device would work for us, so we tried it out.
9. Going into
this, none of us were quite sure how the device worked. But
once we figured it out, we all had some thoughts about this
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Ali’s thoughts during: I was the first person to use
it, and I don’t think it was charged enough to work at full
capacity. I felt some light vibrations and a little bit of
heat, which were distracting and made me feel better… But I
could never tell if it was just psychological or if the
device was actually doing anything. I kept trying to increase
the intensity, but it never felt stronger. I liked using it
at my desk at work like a futuristic robot woman. It felt
like a little secret I had and it helped me feel better, but
when I was home using it I got frustrated that it wasn’t
doing more, and felt like I’d rather just take Advil, use a
heating pad, and eat an entire box of chocolate.
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Ali’s final thoughts: I would definitely give this
another shot next time I have cramps. I’ll try anything
Sheridan’s final thoughts: I would definitely use this
again. I’m not sure if it was just psychological but I really
did feel better during this period. Plus, it made me feel
like a cool robot every time I put it on.
Lara’s final thoughts: I would use this again, but my
expectations would be much lower. It’s not a miracle like
they say it is, at least not for someone like me. But it’s a
great step in the right direction, and I look forward to the
day when they create a device that will help all women with
endometriosis, PCOS, etc. But until then, I won’t throw away
my heating pad.