living life yellow.
the ramblings of a 21 year old
As most of you will know, by now I am VERY over my endo pains, and am quite willing to try literally anything that may help them. When I came across the "my livia" I was very interested. The "My livia," device is basically a small portable tens machine that is supposedly "turn off" period cramps.
After doing some research I ordered one for myself from mylivia.com. It retailed at $150 usd, so it is a bit pricey but had free shipping. It comes with a two year warranty on the machine and a 60 day, money back guarantee. You were also able to pick what colour you wanted your livia to come in. I opted for pink. It took approximately 3 weeks to arrive.
The box came with everything which is pictured above plus two extra gel pads. I immediately stuck it on to me and tried it out.
The gel pads were very sticky, so they stay in place very well. I started off slow, starting on the first intensity and worked my way up. I found it had a good range of settings, the strongest being a jolt strong enough to knock me over. The device is small but it still has the same intensity as a regular tens machine would have.
At the lower settings it gave me a "pins and needles" type sensation, but as it got stronger, the area started to numb.
I found it has helped with my pain when it becomes quite sharp. It also helps whilst I am waiting for painkillers to kick in. For me, it doesn't really remove the pain, but it removes the more mild, achey pains from the front of my mind, meaning I can get on with things. I find it especially useful if I am lying down to rest or out walking in the mall.
The size of the livia is very discreet and it easily clips onto your waistband. This also makes it easy to change the settings, or turn off/on when needed. I currently keep my on me at all times, in case pain flares up a bit more, I have somewhat some immediate relief. I do find my body does get used to it after about 15 minutes, so I just turn it off for a few minutes then turn it back on again, or just go down a setting then back up to a stronger one.
The battery life is good. I charge mine overnight and it lasts me all day, using it regularly.
I do wish it has more than the 2 electrodes as I do get pain in lower back and down the hips as well as in my pelvis. I also wish the cable was longer, and the cable between the two electrodes was longer so I could spread them out more.
Overall, I am quite impressed with the "my livia," as it does help with some of my pain, but not all of it. I would imagine it would remove regular period pains completely, just not intense endo flares.
If there is anything else you want to know about my experience with the "my livia," please feel free to ask!