What if you never had to take painkillers for cramps again?

Popping Advil every four hours, crying, drinking a bottle of wine, crying again and pounding a box of donuts are all ways I’ve dealt with period cramps. Unfortunately, nothing ever really works. Not even donuts.

Women have been trying creative cramp remedies since the dawn of time—lemon balms, orgasms, weed tampons—anything that gives us a shot at a pain-free time of the month.


Now a company called Livia is promising to be “the off switch” for period cramps, without the use of drugs. (I know, can you imagine?). It’s basically a tiny robot that vibrates your pain away by stopping the pain receptors from your brain to your baby box. The Israel-based company launched an Indiegogo campaign in April and has currently raised $1,340,665 to fund the product (!!).


So how does this thing work exactly? It’s similar to an electrical stimulation machine you might find in a physical therapist or chiropractor’s office. All you do is attach two small sticky gel pads to your stomach, then clip the device onto your clothing. You can even adjust the intensity from low to high. The battery lasts for 15 hours, which means you can also wear it overnight.

“Mainly it’s working on a thing that we call the gate pathway,” Bari Kaplan, Livia’s chief medical advisor, told Cosmopolitan. “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].”

This all sounds great, but is it truly the cure for cramps we’ve been praying for? A writer at The Next Web calls it the best wearable she’s ever tried, and 163 women reported positive results in a clinical trial, saying it reduced severe pain by up to 80 percent.

No wonder the little gadget raised more than a million dollars. Sounds pretty amazing to me.