What does the future of contraception & fertility look like in 2022?

In 2021, at our inaugural FemTechnology Summit we asked: What does the future of contraception & fertility look like?

We featured Pascal Koenig of Ava, Lynae Brayboy of Clue, Eirini Rapti of Inne, Frederik Petursson Madsen of Cirqle 

Here’s what they had to say about it :

So much has happened since then:

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What does the Future of Contraception look like – Harvard Business School FemTechnology University Series Event


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What does the Future of Abortion Look Like? Wharton FemTech Club x FemTechnology University Series

How will improved diagnostics revolutionise gynaecology? FemTechnology University Series x ETH Zurich

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Imperial FemTech Society x FemTechnology University Series

Top UK FemTech Startups

 

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Top FemTech Startups in the DACH Region (Germany, Austria, Switzerland)

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Women’s health is seen as a luxury: what does that mean?

In the UK, gynaecology waiting lists faced the biggest increase in delays of all medical specialities post pandemic: growing by 60%. Women with conditions like endometriosis, prolapse and heavy bleeding waited more than a year to receive NHS care in England – because the surgeries were classified as elective procedures for benign conditions.

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What doe the future of women’s mental health look like?

In the U.S. 41 million women have mental health struggles. 23 million of those women will go untreated.

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Why do FemTech Founders start their femtech startups? 

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Top 3 Researcher, FemTech Founder & Clinician 2022 Interviews

 

Innovation in women’s health can only occur from a 360 degree perspective: core stakeholders in that mission are femtech founders, clinicians, researchers and of course patients themselves. That’s why at femtechnology we strive to include the full range of perspectives to have a holistic overview of where the field is headed. As we kick off a new season of interviews we thought we’d share some of our favourite interviews:

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How does male-centric medicine endangers women’s lives?

Did you know that for women with epilepsy the concentration of their medication drops during the lutealphase of their menstrualcycle? Women can have breakthrough seizures as a result. But instead of tailoring the dosage of their medication so that the concentration varies in function of the menstrual cycle, doctors either increase the dosage across the board or they tell women they can’t drive and have to have follow-up appointments with neurologists.

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What does it look like when women have access to information about their own fertility?

Did you know that 1 in 3 women will have a reproductive pathology at some point in their lives? The female reproductive system is highly dynamic and does not just impact the uterus or ovaries but metabolism, sleep, mood, weight, cognitive function, heart, bones … 

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What can orgasms teach us about female health?

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Opportunities for improving the PCOS experience

Did you know that approximately 75% of individuals with PCOS remain undiagnosed when visiting their doctor? Despite PCOS being the most common endocrine disease in women of reproductive age – we still don’t have standard diagnostic criteria.

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Why PCOS is about more than just fertility

Did you know that children of mothers with PCOS are 31% more likely to be admitted to the hospital for infectious diseases and 47% more likely to be admitted for allergy-related problems?

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Why are we ignoring the health of young women?  

Aka Why there should be more FemTech solutions focussed on college-age students:

College-aged women are one of the least-serviced demographics when it comes to women’s healthcare, yet they are also the age range that would make most sense to target first. It is the age when many conditions first manifest:

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What doe the future of STD testing look like ? A FemTech Startup perspective.


The following is a transcript of an interview by Oriana Kraft with Dongjin Shin, CEO of BL Science Corp – a pioneer and leader of In-vitro diagnostics, based in South Korea – about GynPad, a sanitation-pad that can be used to self-collect specimens for HPV and STD testing.  Read More “What doe the future of STD testing look like ? A FemTech Startup perspective.”

Barriers to Innovation In Women’s Health (A Series).

Healthcare wasn’t designed with women in mind.
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FemTech and Data – what does the future of women’s health look like?

There is a fundamental and foundational lack of data when it comes to women’s health. A quick primer: In the U.S., women were not required to be included in clinical research until 1993, when Congress passed the NIH Revitalization Act.

As a direct consequence, the medication used and prescribed to this day was not tested, nor created with the female physiology in mind – with devastating consequences. Unsurprisingly, a study published in 2020 from UC Berkeley and the University of Chicago found that women experienced worse side effects in 90% of cases from medication as compared to men, and the “sex difference was not explained by sex differences in body weight.”

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FemTech Startups Innovating in Birth Control

Here’s a round-up of FemTech startups innovating in the birth control space + why we’re excited about them!

#1 Startups working on Non-Hormonal Forms of Contraception:

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Our Keynote Speakers

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Why We’re Talking About The Gender Data Health Gap

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What Does The Future Of Care Look Like?

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The systemic problem with the lack of education in women’s health and its consequences

We live in our bodies but, as women, we are not taught much about it. We rely on doctors’ expertise or advice from our friends to bridge the gaps in our knowledge. Is that all we need, though? We are, after all, truly the ones in charge of our health and our bodies. We have the right to be armed with the knowledge we need to be able to make educated and informed decisions about our health – and that is where the systemic lack of education in women’s health has failed us. Here we list 7 aspects of our health that are often overlooked when it comes to learn how our body works. 

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How Can Digital Solutions Improve Maternal Care? An Interview With GP turned Startup Founder

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The following is a transcript of an interview by Oriana Kraft with Hannah Allen, Co-Founder and CEO of Tinto –  a platform providing personalised support for women who have babies about her journey to founding Tinto, the gaps in care digital services can fill and why she chose to focus on the maternal health journey.

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The Link Between Fertility And Future Health

The following is a transcript of an interview by Oriana Kraft with Dr. Lynae Brayboy, Chief Medical Officer at Clue. 

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What Does The Future Of Fertility Look Like ?

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The Personalisation of Women’s Health

The following is a transcript of an interview by Oriana Kraft with Laura Symul, Postdoctoral Fellow at Stanford University, Department of Statistics.

Laura’s research focuses on fertility, cycle-related symptoms, and drivers of change in vaginal microbiome communities. She uses self-tracked data from mobile phone apps and devices and clinical multi-omics data.

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How Do Medical Education And Sexual Reproductive Health Intersect? A Closer Look At Initiatives In Switzerland