13/04/2016 16:55 BST | Updated 18/05/2017 12:27 BST

How To Get Rid Of Period Pain: Genius Invention Could Provide An 'Off Switch' For Cramps

We'll take ten.

There's nothing worse than crippling period cramps.

Thankfully, this could soon be a thing of the past as a group of womb warriors (read: scientists) have invented a device which claims to "switch off" period pain entirely. 

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Painkillers and hot water bottles will be a thing of the past.

The gadget, called Livia, is currently being crowdfunded on Indiegogo where it has surpassed its target of $50k by a long shot. (As it stands, it has reached $95k.)

The device, which can reduce pain almost immediately, works by stimulating nerves and blocking the pain from passing to the brain. 

Pulse stickers are applied to where pain is felt. Users can then turn the device on and adjust the intensity depending on the level of pain.

Professor Bari Kaplan from Beilinson Women’s Hospital, who is also medical advisor to the Livia production team, said: “Over 50% of women suffer from primary menstrual cramps, for which they consume large amounts of painkillers.

“Livia uses a pain relief method that does not involve drug consumption.

“The idea is to close the ‘pain gates.’ The device stimulates the nerves, making it impossible for pain to pass.

“The method Livia uses has been proven effective in several clinical studies and I strongly recommend the use of the device to relieve PMS pain at any time.”

The device comes in a range of colours and has been praised for being discreet yet effective. 

One person who trialled the device said: “I always needed to take loads of pills, and even then it didn’t help. Now I usually don’t need any pills at all.”

Hasta la vista, Nurofen. 

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