Women's health technology or the so-called Femtech market has been on the rise for the last couple of years. It started as technological solutions primarily to fertility and pregnancy; however, as more and more female founders took the stage, female health topics have reached much further. These now include general women's health issues just as sexual wellness, pregnancy and postpartum health, maternal care, disease management, menopause, pelvic health or mental health-related problems
Women's health research is extremely underfunded and undervalued—it currently accounts for just 4% of overall R&D funding for healthcare products and services, and 65% of this funding focuses on fertility. There are many reasons for this. Until recently, women of child bearing age were not included in clinical trials and therefore drugs and devices tested on men were ineffective or even unsafe for women. Without their involvement in the trials, research on women's health outcomes was limited.
Fast forward to today, women's health as a category has gone beyond just healthcare, is hugely impacted by the use of technology, and is all but a niche - it affects more than just females - fertility, for example, is not just a women's issue, despite the misconception that (in)fertility is still a largely female problem (40-50%
of all fertility problems are due to the male factor).
The potential of women's health is massive - female health is not just female health, it affects men, children, and whole families as women are primary caregivers more often than not. Female health is a public health issue and should be treated as a priority.
Moreover, how can we address issues closely connected to sexual health, and more particularly where sexual assault is concerned? 1 in 3 women worldwide have been subjected to either physical and/or sexual intimate partner violence or non-partner sexual violence in their lifetime.
So how can we improving the systems of sexual assault prevention, care, and justice to serve survivors and their communities? How can we develop and prove resources to help them overcome this difficult trauma?
How can we remove stigma and find solution for abortion seekers and how can we develop services and options specifically for people in this situation who are looking for care and information?
How can we help teenage girls get answers to questions about sexual health and puberty? How can we close "the pleasure gap" and create tools for connection that heighten intimacy, and add value to women's pleasure?