Common, But Not "Just Normal"
If you've ever asked your doctor about you cramps or PMS, chances are you've heard, "Well, that's just part of a normal period."
At Viv, we've never thought that answer was good enough. The truth is that, for most women, cramps and PMS don't have to be a monthly misery. We've worked with thousands of women to correct these common period problems.
Periods without the drama? Now that's the new normal we can get behind.
Premenstrual syndrome, or PMS, is more than just feeling a little crazy before your period. PMS includes over 200 different symptoms, but the most common are irritability, breast tenderness, bloating, cravings, acne, irritability, anxiety, sleeplessness, fatigue, mood swings, headaches, changes in libido, and general stress. Sound familiar? Ugh!
What causes this special blend of suffering? PMS is caused by hormonal changes that occur at the end of your cycle. When this hormonal transition happens smoothly, most women don't experience any symptoms, but when hormones aren't balanced: whammo, PMS. Stress, tension, inflammation, diet, and digestive issues add to the mix, making this transition even worse.
There is hope, though. By improving hormone balance, and improving the body's overall response to the stress of a changing hormonal environment, PMS can be significantly decreased or eliminated. Viv's Unwind formula helps balance changing hormones, and improves your response to stress, leaving you feeling human again. Improving the underlying issues that contribute to PMS means you're not just masking the symptoms, but actually making positive, lasting changes for your body.
Cramps before and during your period are the worst. Cramping is the most common menstrual disorder and is believed to affect up to 90% of women. Cramping is the body's natural response to help discharge the old uterine lining before building a new lining in your next cycle. Just before your period starts, smooth muscle in the uterus contracts to cut off blood supply to the uterine lining. These contractions, or "cramps", continue until the old tissue is dispelled.
Why do some women have worse cramps than others? Imaging studies have shown that the thickness of the uterine lining is associated with the degree of cramping — the thicker the lining, the worse the cramps. If the uterine lining isn't completely discharged with each cycle, it thickens over time, causing clotting that is difficult to discharge. Discharging this stubborn lining results in intense cramping and will often be associated with large clotting that accompanies uterine blood.
Viv's Relieve not only helps relax smooth muscle to reduce cramping, but it also gently encourages healthy uterine bleeding to remove clots and stale lining. Over time, it's possible to build a healthier uterine environment to reduce or eliminate cramping completely.
A New Way Of Thinking About Periods
Taboos about menstruation are about as old as menstruation itself, but in the 21st century, it's time for all that to change. Over 80% of women suffer from uncomfortable symptoms before and during their periods. Until now, the response from the medical community, and society as a whole, has been "Well, that's just part of being a woman, deal with it."
Viv knows a better way. After years of research, and working with our clinical patients, we developed an effective, all natural line of products to make periods better. Period. We want to start a new conversation about periods. Change is possible. Better periods are possible. We envision a world without period shame, anxiety, and suffering.
Viv's all natural formulas are based on the thousand year old tradition of Chinese herbal medicine, and modernized to be used on the go. We've spent decades refining these formulas to be ultra effective and easy to use. They're vegetarian, gluten-free, hypoallergenic, doctor approved, and made in the USA.
Research shows Chinese herbal medicine to be especially effective for common menstrual complaints. An industry leading Cochrane Systematic Review of 39 randomized control trials, including more than 3,400 women found that Chinese herbal formulas, like the ones in Viv's line, were almost twice as effective for treating menstrual pain as pharmaceutical treatments like over the counter painkillers or birth control pills, all without significant adverse effects (1). Chinese herbal medicines also outperformed other natural treatments like acupuncture or using heating pads.
Our patients have been finding relief with Viv for decades. Now, you can too.
Viv Changed My Period
1. Zhu X, Proctor M, Bensoussan A, Wu E, Smith CA. Chinese herbal medicine for primary dysmenorrhoea. Cochrane Database of Systematic Reviews 2008, Issue 2. Art. No.: CD005288. DOI: 10.1002/14651858.CD005288.pub3.