modern medicine for women
by Stef | 10.14.22
If you’ve never heard the term “FemTech,” or aren’t exactly sure what it means, then this is one of the most important blog posts you’ll ever read. FemTech refers to any services, products, software, or diagnostic tools that use technology to focus on female health. Fertility, sexual health, contraception, menopause, osteoporosis and more are all issues that FemTech addresses. The good news? It’s all good news! More FemTech startups mean more female CEOs and founders, easier and lower cost access to healthcare for all women, and the ability to quickly and accurately address issues for previously underserved areas and populations. Here are 4 of our favorite FemTech firms that are changing the game for women’s healthcare as we know it.
For so many years, women’s medical issues have been dismissed or ridiculed by doctors. Tia puts an end to the madness by providing in-person and virtual care for all gynecological, mental and general health needs. It’s a subscription service with two options - a monthly option for $15/mo plus a $20 initiation fee or a yearly membership for $150 and no initiation fee. Tia even accepts most health insurance! Finally, all women will have access to highly-trained clinicians, regardless of age or socioeconomic status.
Founded by women’s health expert Tania Boler, Elvie is a game changer for women everywhere. Did you know that 1 in 3 women will experience a pelvic floor disorder at some point in their lives? Boler’s company has created a high-tech pelvic floor trainer that can help with bladder control and postpartum recovery. There’s even an app that helps you keep track of your exercises and lets you know when you need to make an adjustment. Not badass enough for you? Elvie has also developed the quietest, fastest and smallest hands-free breast pumps so new moms can feel less like cattle and more like the warriors they are.
Folx offers healthcare options specifically for the LGBTQ+ community. One major benefit is the robust network of queer and trans clinicians, so those seeking care can be confident that their provider understands their unique needs. In addition to an outstanding virtual healthcare option, Folx offers hormone replacement drugs, PrEP and erectile medications delivered directly and discreetly to consumers’ doors. Access to healthcare without fear or stigma - it’s about damn time.
4. iSono Health
The first mammogram was performed in 1913, but wasn’t used widely by doctors to detect breast cancer until the mid-1960’s. Digital imaging mammograms were approved by the FDA in 2000 and became the gold standard for breast health. But, as we all know, cancer is a sneaky bastard and more thorough means of detection were necessary. Enter isono and their breakthrough product called atusa. Atusa is the world’s first AI-driven, portable, automated 3D breast ultrasound scanner. This technology means access to incredibly detailed scans in less than two minutes without the need for a trained ultrasound operator. Brilliant!