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Digital tech and the menopause – a new way forward?

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A new menopause app aims to help women manage common symptoms of perimenopause and menopause.

According to not for profit organisation, Menopause Support, 13 million women in the UK are either peri- or post-menopausal.

Of the 30 recognised menopause symptoms, each woman is estimated to experience an average of eight of these, which can last up to 15 years and often affects physical and mental health, relationships and work.

The power of digital health is being used to address a gap in support for women going through the menopause. This year a number of new apps have launched to empower women to take control of their health, including US start up CurieMD and Balance, a digital tool launched by GP and menopause specialist, Dr Louise Newton.

UK-based Female health company Health & Her is the latest company to develop an app specifically for menopause symptoms with the launch of an integrated digital and supplement-based program. Health & Her says it offers a holistic approach to support women through every stage of the menopause.

Health & Her Co-Founder, Kate Bache says: “Menopause management can be complex, as the decline of hormone levels at this stage of life can cause a wide range of both physical and psychological symptoms. To manage this requires a multifaceted, integrated approach and we’re excited to deliver a new product that does just that.”

Speaking to Health Tech World, the Cardiff-based company says it is now developing its product range and plans to expand geographically, with a focus on the US market.

Bache says: “Health & Her has a pipeline of tech innovation which will help women manage and seek help for their menopause. Typically, this space has had little research so with the evolution of this app and other technology, we are able to learn and refine what provides women with the best relief of symptoms and enables them to improve their day to day wellbeing.”

Health & Her says the app has been in development for the past year with input from CBT, sleep and menopause specialists.

The app includes exercises for managing common symptoms such as anxiety, hot flushes, night sweats, sensitive bladder, low mood, along with a period tracking element for women experiencing perimenopause-related cycle changes.

Bache says: “Our app has been designed to empower women through their menopause journey by helping them build positive lifestyle habits that put them back in control.

“All of the exercises are guided and can be scheduled into a tailored plan with supportive daily reminders to keep help keep women on track and committed towards positive behavioural change.

The app includes a library of content from gynaecologists, psychologists, sleep experts and career coaches, which is “tailored to the changes they are experiencing”. Users complete daily symptom assessments to determine where they are in their menopause timeline and receive personalised insight into how their symptoms can be improved.

Bache says: “Menopause is a life-changing experience and a natural transitional period that every woman is set to experience.  Our aim is to help women understand what’s happening so they can take control of their own experience while sharing ideas and products that can change their lives for the better.”

Along with its digital tool, the company has launched a range of supplements containing a formulation of herbs, vitamins and minerals to support with the nine most common symptoms of menopause and perimenopause.

Bache says: “Our Health & Her supplement range is the first-of-its-kind in the UK to target women through every stage of the menopausal transition. Through our research with over 50,000 women we’ve discovered that women experience a unique combination of symptoms during perimenopause – the lesser known stage prior to menopause when periods are still active.

“To support these unique requirements, we’ve worked with experts to develop a perimenopause and menopause supplement that has been carefully formulated with a blend of natural ingredients to help support nine of the most common symptoms experienced during both stages.

“Our vision is to improve the lives of millions of women around the world living with life-affecting symptoms of menopause.”

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