How Technology is Improving Women's Health

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Over the past decade, technology has continuously proven to make our lives more comfortable and has given us access to greater resources at the click of a button. With the ability to keep us well informed, we're going to take a look at how technology has advanced women's health and well-being.

A wide variety of technological inventions, digital services, and apps are paving the way into the women's health market making the lives of everyday women less stressful and healthy. According to the research firm Frost & Sullivan, it is estimated by 2025 that "female technology", also referred to as "FemTech", will reach a $50 billion marketing success in the global healthcare market. So, how exactly is technology improving the overall health and wellness in women?

Women's health is too often overlooked, and with the latest technological advances; women now have the option to maintain their feminine health by preparing for and tracking their menstrual cycles. There are apps available for download on your smartphone that will assist you with monitoring your menstrual cycles and providing you with vital information to help with any feminine health concerns. For women with irregular cycles, it's a constant struggle to keep track of your cycle. Thanks to apps like Clue, Flo Period & Ovulation, and Period Diary, women can log and keep track of their cycle without the anxiety of a surprise period. They also supply professional health advice on how to deal with PMS symptoms without taking a trip to your gynaecologist, women who are trying to get pregnant can distinguish their most fertile days and so much more! Period tracking apps are convenient, easy and free to use, making it an all-time technical health advancement for the modern day woman.

Pregnancy is one of the most fragile, delicate, and beautiful experiences a woman can go through in her lifetime, so it's important that each woman has an equal opportunity to have a smooth pregnancy. Sadly, women from all over the world, have difficulty accessing these advanced technologies. That's why there are so many cases of women dying from pregnancy complications or childbirth, especially in third world countries, due to the inability to afford or access these technologies.

A Prude University research team is creating an affordable, wearable gadget for women-to-be to help detect health complications and improve outcomes for the mother and unborn child. This wearable technology will have a sensor to identify early stages of preeclampsia, which is a common pregnancy problem that can lead to high blood pressure, cause organ damage, and premature birth. Preeclampsia has affected about 7 million women worldwide, and numbers are increasing. But it's all going to change with this new wearable device that will be accessible for women to use at home with little training involved. The most beneficial aspect of this technology is that it utilises an easy supine pressor test that can evaluate a patient’s chance for being exposed to preeclampsia, which the test analyses blood flow through the kidney. Early discovery allows for more successful observation and prevention plans. Pregnant women can use the app to notify and send results to a health professional where the effects can be adequately examined so they can get the necessary counselling, care precautions, and treatments as early as possible.

From tracking your menstrual cycle to detecting early signs of pregnancy complications, technology has lead to new profound ways of protecting and educating women to take care of their mind, bodies, and soul so that women can live a less stressful, and healthy lifestyle.