Is the £194 bodysuit the way to end women’s monthly misery? Company creates garment with two-pronged method to ease period discomfort
This time of the month can literally be overwhelming for many women.
But now a company has created a two-piece bodysuit to help ease period discomfort.
Called Artemis, it costs £194 and includes gel pads which can block pain signals reaching the brain as well as built-in heating panels to soothe the uterus and surrounding muscles. The intensity of both is controlled by an app.
The washable bodysuit, made from materials such as Merino Wool and Lenzing Lyocell, is designed to look like a fashion item to blend in with the wearer’s outfit.
Anna Zsofia Kormos and Dora Pelczer, who co-founded the Hungarian start-up, said they wanted the bodysuit to look like a fashion item
Called Artemis, the suit costs £194 and includes gel pads that can block pain signals reaching the brain as well as built-in heating panels to soothe the uterus, both controlled by an app.
The gel pads feature TENS technology, or Transcutaneous Electrical Nerve Stimulation, which is often used during childbirth and feels like mild vibrations.
For Artemis wearers, the electrodes are powered by a palm-sized battery that fits in a small pocket in the suit and is connected to an app.
Four out of five women experience period pain at some point, as it can affect them from early teens through menopause.
Ten percent find it so serious that it interferes with their daily lives.
Volunteer Paula Fisher, 33, who had been in so much pain she couldn’t get up, said she had little or no more with the bodysuit she described as comfortable.
Ms Fisher said a side effect was that her period seemed to be heavier than usual, adding: ‘I suspect due to the muscle relaxant effects.’
Period pain can affect women at any age – from early teens through menopause – and is often worse on the first day.
In 40% of women, it is accompanied by premenstrual symptoms, such as bloating, tender breasts, swollen stomach, lack of concentration, mood swings, clumsiness and fatigue.
Anna Zsofia Kormos and Dora Pelczer, who co-founded the Hungarian start-up, said they wanted the bodysuit to look more like a fashion item than a medical device.
Hungary-based Makers Alpha Femtech said it will be available to buy in the UK later this year.