March 9, 2021

Lack of care giving you 'pause?  

   During midlife, women experience a full body change called Menopause. Although consistently expected and universal, there is a big knowledge gap between what women are taught about it and how clinicians are trained to support menopausal women.  


   A few not so fun facts:  


   What's more, Black women have been studied to show worse vasomotor symptoms than their white counterparts as early as the perimenopausal transition - putting them at greater risk for health inequities given under-reporting of symptoms and inadequate clinician training.  

   Women's health experts like Dr. Stephanie Faubion of Mayo Clinic, who focus on menopausal education, advise women to start conversations with their providers as early at 35 or 40.  

   With an estimated $1.1 billion postmenopausal market, founders and investors alike are hoping to get past the social stigma and turn their attention to the filling up this gaping need. Existing femtech companies like Parsley Health and Maven Clinic are already taking up this mantle by launching personalized hormone testing and specialized employer benefit programs.  



   In the News  


   High proportion of menopause symptoms go untreated despite effective therapies  



   What Is Menopause Like for Women of Color?  

   New York Times  


   Hot Flash! Menopause May Not Be Sexy, But Investors Are Warming To Digital Health Solutions  

   Medtech Insight  


   The menopause market is a multi-billion opportunity that is gaining traction with digital health companies offering innovative solutions to help women manage their symptoms and provide treatment and support. With an estimated 1.1 billion women worldwide being postmenopausal by 2025, innovators and investors are starting to pay attention to a market that has long been overlooked due to social stigma, a fragmented health care system, and under-investment in women's health care.  


   How Employers Can Support Women Experiencing Menopause  



   Can Hormone Therapy Help With Menopause?  



   Menopause in 2022: Addressing a knowledge gap  





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