Written by Ben Cossor • Published 5th August 2019 • 3 minute read
Female health is something that was once spoken about in hushed tones, with women hiding behind phrases like ‘women’s problems’ and ‘Aunt Flow’. But gone are the days of having whispered conversations behind closed doors, as the era of Femtech has finally arrived, and it’s here to stay.
Previously dismissed as a niche, the Femtech industry is finally being taken seriously, with the market set to be worth £39billion by 2025. We’ve picked our seven favourite companies who are focusing on women’s health and looking to tackle everything from fertility to periods:
This handy app allows you to track your period and uses that data to predict your period, PMS and fertility windows. The platform wants you to learn about your personal patterns and has a whole range of predictions and notifications to help you take control of your time of the month. The need for Clue became clear very early on, as they were inundated by requests for health information, which led to conducting a global survey about periods and how much people know about their reproductive health. The results led to the creation of a health hub to answer questions, and Clue has committed to supporting further research, having recently announced that they will offer funds to researchers hoping to use their cycle tracking data to answer scientific questions.
Clementine was created by co-founders Annie Ridout and Kim Palmer to help boost the confidence of women who were stressed and unsure where to turn, unable to afford one-on-one therapy. The app has sessions on sleep, confidence, stress, body image and mantras. Each series contains several hypnotherapy sessions for you, designed to guide you to a calm, meditative place. The app is free and is available on the App Store.
This breastfeeding start-up wants to demystify breastfeeding for women by creating a network for women to ask questions and find answers. The content is tailored to your needs, and best of all it’s free to use. As well as acting as a resource centre, the platform contains tests, plans, activity logs and much more, allowing you to track everything feeding-related in one place. In addition to their family facing product, LactApp offers a separate app for medical professionals and provides specialised training in breastfeeding from a global perspective.
Designed by doctors, scientists and engineers, Ada is your personal health care AI app. It allows you to manage your health by asking simple, relevant questions which it then compares to similar cases to determine the root cause of your symptoms. Following your assessment, you will be advised on what you should do next, whether that be going to a doctor, pharmacist or hospital. The app is available in 5 languages on the GooglePlay store.
A female healthcare companion for life, Syrona Women helps women monitor their own gynaecological health via subscription-style tests. They currently focus on fertility, endometriosis and gynaecological cancers, and have recently launched their first fertility test, with more to come. The start-up was co-founded by Anya Roy, who faced her own ovarian cancer diagnosis in her early twenties and wanted to develop something that lets women screen for cancer easily in the comfort of their own home.
KaNDy Therapeutics is a UK based clinical company that is looking to help women tackle chronic, debilitating health conditions. They recently developed their NT-814 drug which is a non-hormonal treatment for multiple symptoms of menopause including hot flashes and waking up in the middle of the night.
The HiMirror Mini Premium is a great product to help you keep track of your skin. A smaller version of the HiMirror Plus, the Premium provides you with comprehensive skincare analysis, personalised advice and skincare recommendations, and also features ‘My Beauty Box’, a virtual inventory of all the products you use to ensure your skin remains at it’s healthiest. One of the best features is ‘Safe Skin’ which identifies allergens in your products and provides you with regular reminders about applying SPF.
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