Livia Review: A Detailed Look

By Lydia Noyes
HighYa Staff
Updated on: Jun 30, 2020

Medically Reviewed by Anthony Dugarte, M.D., C.S.C.S

Livia is a device that allegedly helps alleviate cramps and pain related to menstrual cycles. This subtle device should be worn against your skin, and by pushing a button, you can make it stimulate your nerves to block pain.

The company claims that using Livia is safe for all users and capable of providing immediate relief.

In this analysis, we’ll investigate whether Livia will work as described and whether it’s worth the investment.

Pros
  • The discrete device can be worn without detection
  • 14-hour charge should last all day
  • Begins relieving pain within 30 seconds
  • 90% of users in clinical trials experienced some level of pain relief
Cons
  • Clinical studies involved small sample sizes
  • Doesn’t work for all participants
  • Might not work for plus-sized users

How Does Livia Work?

Livia’s underlying technology is based on what’s known as the Gate Control Theory. Dr. Anthony Dugarte, HighYa’s medical researcher, said that this theory was first developed in the 60s by Ronald Melzack and Patrick Wall.

The theory’s premise is that pain sensations associated with injuries are transmitted to the brain from the peripheral nerves through the spinal cord. Along the way, the pain signal encounters “gates” it must go through to continue passing on the message. If these gates are closed, your brain can’t sense the pain.

“The interplay between the central and peripheral nervous systems is complex and not completely understood, says Dr. Dugarte. “Nonetheless, it seems as though a number of factors can affect whether the nerve gates are open or closed.”

Products like Livia work to close these gates by stimulating your nerves so that you don’t feel pain in real-time. This device uses the company’s patented “SmartWave” technology to send out electric micro-pulses to prevent you from feeling menstrual pain.

Once you start using the device, you should experience some level of pain relief within a minute.

Livia utilizes similar mechanisms of action to TENS units (transcutaneous electrical nerve stimulation), as both provide pain relief through stimulatory impulses.

They will differ in their pulse frequency and the specific waveforms they send out. The company claims that Livia is the only TENS-style product optimized explicitly for period pain.

Clinical Studies

Livia has undergone three clinical trials since its creation in 2016. Below is a summary of the results from these studies:

  • Study 1: 61 women were assessed for menstrual pain over four cycles. 90% experienced pain relief when using a Livia prototype, 31% reported complete relief, and 32% found that it delivered relief faster than drugs.

  • Study 2: 102 women monitored their menstrual pain for four cycles, using an improved prototype. 86% reported pain relief, 57% experienced complete pain relief, and 72.5% stated it worked faster than drugs.

  • Study 3: 65 women monitored period pain for two cycles. Half used a Livia prototype, and half used a sham device that created tingling sensations for the first cycle, and then both groups switched. The study found a statistically significant difference between the prototype and sham device, and participants reported general improvements in their quality of life after using it.

Though these findings seem promising for Livia’s effectiveness, it’s essential to keep them in context.

“While the independent testing does add some merit to their claims, they have yet to be published,” Dr. Dugarte shares. “This means they have not gone through a rigorous peer-review process to determine if their methods were sound.”

Likewise, the sample sizes are small and might not be indicative of the general population’s response to the device. Saying that, it seems that Livia and similar products do show promise for managing period pain for some users.

Side Effects

Livia works externally, which means that it doesn’t have any impact on your menstrual cycle, hormone balance, or other functions.

Likewise, there are no known side effects associated with using the device as described.

The one exception is if you have a heart pacemaker, as the device’s electrical impulses may interfere with it. Don’t use Livia if you have one.

How to Use Livia

Livia comes as a small colored device (about the size of an MP3 player) with two connected electrode pads that come pre-coated with gel.

You are meant to stick onto your skin at the site of the pain, usually your lower stomach or back. Secure the device in your pocket or by clipping It to your pants and turn it on.

It’s designed to be inconspicuous to wear throughout daily life or even while exercising – though keep it from getting wet.

The device can be recharged through a micro USB cable, and a single charge should last up to 14 hours.

A small LED indicator above the power button shows you what level the device is set on and how to adjust it from high to low intensity. There are 16 settings total, and tapping the button four times will increase it by one.

Pricing and Refund Information

One-Time Purchase Subscription
Cost $199 $8/mon. (The first month is free, $29 signup fee)
Warranty 2 years Lifetime
Gel Pods 3-month supply Lifetime supply (request more when needed)
Shipping Free across the US Free worldwide
Bonus Features NA Receive new Livia every three years

You can also purchase a six-month supply of gel pods for $29.

With the subscription plan, you must sign up for a minimum of four months. You can return your Livia and cancel your subscription at any time after.

It’s also possible to purchase Livia “skins” to change the color and texture of your device. Each costs $12.

One-time Livia purchases come with a 120-day money-back guarantee. The device must be in good physical condition, and you are responsible for all taxes and return shipping costs.

Analysis of Customer Reviews

There are more than 90 reviews for Livia on our website, averaging 3.2 stars. Here’s are the most common trends:

Compliments:

  • Easy to take out in public when necessary
  • Reduces period pain as well as painkillers or a heating pad
  • Period relief without side effects

Complaints:

  • Slow refund process or refund not honored
  • Didn’t relieve period pain as promised
  • Might not be big enough for plus-sized users

The Bottom Line

Livia claims to offer women with painful periods a drug-free way to get their lives back with minimal inconvenience. The existing clinical trials are small, but they indicate this electrical stimulus device could be effective for many people.

“I do like that Livia is non-invasive, drug-free, and FDA approved,” says Dr. Dugarte. “Independent clinical testing shared by Livia demonstrated safety and efficacy when this product is used as directed.”

However, it’s important to acknowledge that there are multiple causes of menstrual pain, and a device like Livia merely works to cover up the symptoms rather than addressing the problem.

Dr. Dugarte is concerned that using the device might cause you to delay seeking medical treatment for your pain that could potentially lead to the diagnosis of a serious health issue.

If you deal with chronic, debilitating menstrual pain, it’s best to talk with your doctor about your symptoms to rule out other health problems first.


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  • Livia has saved my life during periods

    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    Livia has saved my life during my period. A little bit about my periods: they are painful, like hard to stand up painful. And sometimes I blackout, collapse from the pain. It is hard to live with painful menstruation and do daily things.

    At first, when I heard about Livia, I was super superstitious. I didn't believe such a thing existed and didn't have the courage to buy it. But when the pain was too much to handle, I decided to give it a try. After all, there was a money back guarantee. But ever since I ordered and started using Livia, my life has become easier. I can work while wearing Livia, no more days off and planning when I have to take days off or how long. I can do stuff, go out, and be pain-free. Although sometimes there is little pain while using Livia, but it is bearable pain, I don't have to take painkillers.

    Livia is super easy to use. Just apply to the region that hurts (front or back), set the right stimulation, and let it work its magic.

    I recommend Livia to women who are struggling with pain. It does really work. I haven't regretted ordering Livia. Best buy for me.

    Pros and Cons:

    • No pain medication
    • It helps with moving around
    • Small
    • Flower pads have short wires
    • Flower pads are white

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Livia is a game changer!

    • By Karolina B.,
    • Connecticut,
    • Nov 25, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 1–2 years
    Overall Experience:

    I have been looking for a way to manage my menstrual cramps than the typical way. Over-the-counter medicine only works for a certain time and I didn’t want to take what the doctor prescribed. I wanted a more natural way to relieve my pain. Along came Livia in an ad on social media and I was hooked. Since trying Livia over a year ago, I can confidently say I can manage my pain with the Livia device. I don’t know what I would do without it!

    Pros and Cons:

    • How light the device is
    • How easy it is to put on
    • How fast the device works
    • Love that it’s travel size
    • The flower pad wire breaks after long time use
    • The gel pads sometimes stick to my skin
    • After a while the charge on the device weakens

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Livia for Endometriosis

    • By Steph M.,
    • Glasgow, Scotland,
    • Nov 25, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    I have endometriosis so I have chronic abdominal and pelvic pain. Using Livia when I have a pain flare that I can't cope with, helps take the pain away. It's made living with chronic pain so much more bearable.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Ease of use
    • Size of the device
    • Limited number of intensities

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Helps me function

    • By Fiona S.,
    • Mauritius,
    • Nov 25, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 1–2 years
    Overall Experience:

    Sometimes the pain inhibits me from doing the easiest tasks like get up from bed. Livia really helps with pain relief and getting daily tasks and even my job done.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Portability
    • Small size
    • Easy to use
    • Charging time
    • Durability of the lilly pads cables
    • Not enough storage space in the case

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Endo is gone-do

    • By Mikayla G.,
    • Port Vila, Vanuatu,
    • Nov 25, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    Livia works to remove the pain I had with my endometriosis almost immediately. Highly recommend it.

    My friends have used it to reduce period cramping and muscle cramping too.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Reduces period pain
    • Reduces endo pain
    • I heard it doesn't work for all users

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • 1 medication instead of 5 in a week: I love it.

    • By Giulia M.,
    • Varedo, Italy,
    • Nov 24, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    I bought Livia to help with my menstrual cramps.

    I used to take 5 or more oral medication in a week for them, now I just use one for menstrual headaches.

    I love Livia, she changed my life; now I can work (I'm a barista) all day without feeling pain and I turn it on and off several times during the day based on the pain I feel.

    Just a recommendation (based on my personal experience): don't use Livia for more than 6/7 hours consecutive because the pad glue can irritate the skin.

    I used a body lotion prescribed by my doctor and the irritation resolved within a couple of days.

    I recommend this product to my colleagues anytime I have a period!

    Pros and Cons:

    • The fact that I have not used medication
    • I can decide the intensity
    • Gel pads can irritate skin

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Buy it

    • By Grace E.,
    • Pennsylvania,
    • Nov 24, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    This product has been life-changing. Before I used to not be able to get out of bed the first couple of days of my period, with Livia I am back to being functional. It is pricey, but so worth the money.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Concealable
    • Long battery life
    • Instant pain relief
    • Wearing for long periods of time causes itchiness
    • Price

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Incredible!

    • By Danielle B.,
    • Wellington, New Zealand,
    • Nov 21, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 3–6 months
    Overall Experience:

    So wonderful in managing my chronic pain. Highly recommend to anyone who is struggling with any kind of pain. It is so easy to use and has a huge range of settings to choose from, I believe everyone should have this product in their life.

    Pros and Cons:

    • How easy it is to use
    • The range of settings
    • It is very aesthetically pleasing
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Flying with Livia

    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    I work as a flight attendant and Livia helped me get through some of the toughest days of flying. I always have it with me and I highly recommend it. I used to take a lot of meds as I have terrible cramps but now I almost never take them.

    Pros and Cons:

    • It helped me cut on meds
    • It's very discrete (not visible in a fitted dress)
    • You can change the skin as you please
    • No “cons” were specified in this review

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Best thing ever

    • By Samantha R.,
    • Nebraska,
    • Nov 20, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: Less than 3 months
    Overall Experience:

    I have had the most crippling menstrual cramps my whole life and medication only does so much. But I saw Livia and figured I'd give it a try and I love it. It has helped my day to day life while on my period. I can do things that I normally do, like go to work. I would recommend to anyone.

    Pros and Cons:

    • It's small and discrete
    • You can get different skins and personalize it
    • It takes a little bit to charge

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


  • Period cramp savior

    • By Abby H.,
    • Brighton, United Kingdom,
    • Nov 20, 2020
    • Verified Reviewer
    • Length of Use: 6–12 months
    Overall Experience:

    Always make sure this little gem is in charge when I can feel those uterus rumbling feelings. This has meant I can work, I can actually do everything I used to, compared to clamping a hot water bottle to my stomach. A must-have for minor cramps to the ones that have you doubled over.

    Pros and Cons:

    • Reduced the cramps
    • The colors and variety of
    • Ease of use
    • Took a while to arrive, but worth it

    Bottom Line: Yes, I would recommend this to a friend


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