FemTech Focus Podcast

With Dr. Brittany Barreto

The FemTech Focus Podcast with Dr. Brittany Barreto is a meaningfully provocative conversational series that brings femtech experts – including doctors, scientists, inventors, and founders – on air to talk about the innovative technology, services, and products (collectively known as femtech) that are improving women’s health and wellness. The podcast gives our host, Dr. Brittany Barreto, and guests an engaging, friendly environment to learn about the past, present, and future of women’s health and wellness.

Jan 14, 2022

PostureWings integrates posture support into their revolutionary athletic bra - Episode 150

In today’s episode, I interview, Mary Fenske, the founder and CEO of Posture Wings. The Posture Wings athletic bra supports the breasts, spine, and shoulders while allowing for freedom of movement. It's a sports bra that helps with posture support and keeps bones and joints in proper alignment so that muscles are used correctly. Posture Wings are engineered to leverage the skeleton and muscles to support breast tissue. The patented straps improve posture support while reducing bounce and pain. The combination of comfortable, effective breast support with posture positioning is a game changer! In this episode, I did a lot more listening than talking. Mary is so informed on the history of bras and the science of posture and breast tissue, it blew me away. I just wanted to keep listening to her recount the stories of how we got to where we are and what health problems women face today that may be due to our bras! Learn more at www.posturewings.com Enjoy the episode!

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Jan 13, 2022

BabyScript's Remote Maternal Health Monitoring via Customizable Mobile App - Episode 149

Hi femfans, in today’s episode, I interview Juan Pablo Segura, president and co-founder of Babyscripts. Babyscripts is a virtual maternity care software solution. It enables physicians to virtually connect with expecting and new mothers between visits with a fully customizable, branded, HIPAA-compliant mobile app. Providers are able to educate, empower and engage with patients with daily content up through 1 year postpartum. The app offers a robust library of educational content in English and Spanish, weight tracking tools, and customizable assessments and surveys including remote blood pressure monitoring and monitoring the mental health of the mom. Babyscripts is helping fill in the maternal health gap using technology. Learn more at www.babyscripts.com Enjoy the episode!

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Jan 13, 2022

2021 End of Year Review - Episode 148

FemTech back a hot topic in 2021. How has this affected our industry? What are the risks and benefits of FemTech becoming mainstream? In this episode, our host, Dr. Brittany Barreto discusses the industry year in review plus predictions for where the industry is headed in 2022. Check out FemTech Focus at www.femtechfocus.org Rate, Review & Subscribe!

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Dec 29, 2021

Future of Sex & SexTech School with Bryony Cole - Episode 147

In today’s episode, I interview Bryony Cole, the founder of Future of Sex and SexTech School. As the world’s leading authority on sextech, Bryony is fascinated by the way technology permeates every corner of our lives, even the most intimate ones. Since launching the top-rated podcast *Future of Sex*, Bryony has been on stages across the world forecasting trends in the sextech industry for governments, tech titans and entertainment companies. Her incredible body of research, global sextech hackathons and annual *Future of Sex* report are considered the pinnacle of industry insights and innovation. She is also part of the New York-based Women of Sextech, a fast-growing community of entrepreneurs, developers and thought leaders. More recently Bryony launched sextech school which is a 6-week virtual program for founders and investors to learn more about the market and how to be successful in the space. Check out her podcast Future of Sex at futureofsex.org and her new program at sextechschool.com Enjoy the episode!

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Dec 20, 2021

Femasys creates Products and Procedures for the Fallopian Tubes - Episode 146

In today’s episode, I interview Kathy Lee-Sepsick CEO and founder of Femasys (NASDAQ FEMY). Femasys is a publicly-traded, biomedical company focused on transforming women’s healthcare with minimally invasive, non-surgical, in-office product technologies providing significant clinical impact to address severely underserved areas. Their product FemVue is available in the market to physicians to assess the Fallopian tubes via ultrasound since sometimes infertility is caused by blockages in the Fallopian tubes. Their other product candidates are FemBloc, a nonsurgical product for permanent birth control, and FemaSeed, a sperm delivery product for infertility treatment. Kathy founded Femasys in 2004 and continues to serve as the company's CEO even after it went public in June of this year. She holds over 100 patents globally for Femasys’ products and product candidates. Learn more at femasys.com. Guest Bio: Kathy Lee-Sepsick, Femasys founder, has served as Chief Executive Officer and President and as Chairman of the board of directors since February 2004. Ms. Lee-Sepsick has served as a senior executive in the medical technologies industry for nearly three decades, compiling a successful track record in growing emerging companies and corporate operating divisions. She holds over 100 patents globally for Femasys’ products and product candidates. Ms. Lee-Sepsick was instrumental in the various stages of product and company life cycles with strategic, operational, and executive responsibilities, at start-ups Novoste Corporation, developer of intravascular therapy solution and SaluMedica, biomaterial developer of artificial cartilage. At the onset of her career, Ms. Lee-Sepsick served in a product management role at Terumo Medical Corporation, where she was integral in the management of strategic partner, Boston Scientific Corporation. Ms. Lee-Sepsick also serves on the Board of Directors of Georgia Bio. Ms. Lee-Sepsick is a graduate of Rutgers University with an MBA and a BS in Biochemistry.

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Dec 06, 2021

Lin Health supports those struggling with Chronic Pain - Episode 145

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Abigail Hirsch the founder of Lin Health. Abigail is a clinical psychologist by training and no stranger to the world of digital therapeutics. Her company Lin Health is a digital platform for chronic pain management. Their care support team helps individuals navigate a personalized and integrative approach to care. They’ve built a connected, curated, and customizable digital pain management solution poised to deliver chronic pain treatment at scale in a way that the current health systems cannot. Chronic pain affects one out of five Americans or 50M people and accounts for 15% of all doctor visits. Globally, women struggle with chronic pain at higher proportions than men; however women are less likely to receive treatment. Women with persistent pain have been underserved by a broken healthcare system to the point of a national crisis. In this episode, we learn that persistent pain isn't just a symptom but rather a medical condition that needs to be properly diagnosed and addressed head-on. 90% of Lin members reported lower pain intensity, reduced pain interference in their lives, start to sleep comfortably, feel happy and calm, and cope better if the pain does flare up. To learn more visit www.Lin.Health Enjoy the episode!

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Dec 06, 2021

Big Health Digital Therapeutics for Insomnia and Anxiety - Episode 144

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Juliette McClendon, the Director of medical affairs at Big Health. Big Health has two mental health apps. The first is called Sleepio which supports people suffering from insomnia and the second is Daylight which supports people with anxiety. Both of which disproportionately affect women. Women are twice as likely to be diagnosed with an anxiety disorder than men. Women are also twice as likely to have insomnia, the inability to fall asleep and stay asleep, as men. Big Health has raised over $40M in funding. Their mission is to help millions back to good mental health by providing safe and effective non-drug alternatives for the most common mental health conditions. Big Health’s digital therapeutics expand access to gold-standard care, including behavioral medicine, and are backed by industry-leading research and randomized controlled trials. They have 64 publications with more than 28,000 participants, including 13 randomized controlled trials. A fun fact about Big Health is that their apps are offered for free to all the citizens of Scotland. Go Scotland! To learn more go to www.bighealth.com Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 23, 2021

Dr. Robynne Chutkan talking about GutBliss and Period Poop - Episode 143

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Robynne Chutkan. She’s an Integrative Gasterointerologist, founder of the Digestive Center for Wellness, and author of three books; The Bloat Cure, The Microbiome Solution, and Gutbliss. This is a super informative and fun episode where we discuss the difference between women's and men's GI tracks. Spoiler alert - turns out we have a lot of differences! We also talk about how hormones from pregnancy, menstruation, and menopause change your stool. Yes, I’m referring to period poop. Dr. Robynne did not shy away from the topics that we all wonder about but don’t ask. Learn more about her practice and books at www.gutbliss.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 18, 2021

Femtec Health's Platform Technology, Fresh Out of Stealth Mode - Episode 142

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Kim Capone the Chief Scientific Officer of Femtec Health. FemTec Health intends to integrate genetic, microbiome, and biometric data into a consumer-driven digital health experience with a focus on women’s specific health issues. This is a special episode because Femtec Health has just emerged from stealth mode and requested to tell their story on our show. Normally I like to interview people and companies that have been around and made huge strides to advance women’s health. This company is interesting because prior to their press release they raised $38M from big-name investors including Longmont Capital, Ithaca LifeSciences, Unilever Ventures, Shiseido, E Ventures, Viking Global, and Trinity Capital. They acquired Birchbox makeup subscription service, Mira Beauty, and Liquid Grids a healthcare marketing platform. At launch, the company has over 10M members, 2 clinical trials in progress, and a team of 150 people around the world. The founder Dr. Kimon Angelides has previously exited four healthcare companies with billions in exit value. Femtec Health claims to bring together products, services, and data analytics to accommodate continued care for women at every stage of their life. Their patent-pending BiomeAI engine uses AI and deep machine learning to translate consumer, genetic, microbiome, and biometric data into holistic personalized healthcare for women. One cannot deny the splash Femtec Health has created. Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 08, 2021

Bayer's commitment to Women's Healthcare - Episode 141

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Cecilia Caetano, Medical Affairs Director of Bayer’s Women’s Healthcare. Over the last 6 years, Cecilia has been a key physician at Bayer in their women’s health division. She’s worked on their short-acting contraceptives as the medical lead for the birth control pill, Yaz. She then worked on long-acting contraceptives supporting the global launch of a new intrauterine contraceptive and the global lead for the IUD Mirena. Over the past year, Cecilia has led Bayer’s strategy for menopause management. Bayer has been doubling down on their women’s health strategy with collaborations with period tracking giant, Clue, an exclusive license agreement with publicly-traded company Dare Biosciences, a collaboration with Evotec to develop clinical candidates for treating PCOS, and a half a billion-dollar acquisition of KaNDy Therapeutics a UK based biotech company with a compound to treat hot flashes for women in menopause. If you’re a startup looking to partner with a Pharma giant, Bayer may just be the partner you’re looking for. Enjoy the episode!

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Nov 01, 2021

CBD products for women's health with EcoFibre - Episode 140

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Alex Capano the Chief scientific officer of EcoFibre. Ecofibre is a leader in hemp-based products with over 20 years of growing and breeding experience. They own one of the largest collections of genetically diverse hemp plants with over 300 landraces of cannabis from over 25 countries. Industrial hemp refers to the non-psychoactive, meaning less than 1% THC, varieties of Cannabis Sativa. Over the years, hemp has been unjustly demonized due to its association with marijuana, but this good seed is shedding a bad name. As promising research and mass interest grow in what many are calling a “miracle plant,” hemp is making a comeback of global proportion. Ecofibre has several businesses it operates including a hemp-based textile company and over-the-counter health and wellness products sold at local pharmacies. This pharmacy brand is called Ananda Health and it’s the leading pharmacy brand in the United States for hemp-derived CBD products. In fact, Ecofibre was the first hemp company to receive Investigational New Drug or IND authorization from the FDA for a clinical trial on hemp-derived CBD to treat chemotherapy-induced peripheral neuropathy. At Ecofibre, Dr. Alex Capano champions the company’s $40 million commitment to research to advance the clinical evidence of hemp extract. As the Chief Science Officer for Ananda Hemp, she acts as a principal investigator on clinical research and trials, focusing on hemp-based CBD therapy. Dr. Alex is the first person to earn a Ph.D. in cannabinoid science. She is currently researching CBD’s effects on CIPN, sleep, anxiety, addiction, endometriosis, certain cancers, and cognitive decline. She has a particular interest in women’s health and has truly spearheaded research in CBDs effectiveness for all things gynecology including intimate oils, flora balancing gels, and period pain. Check out these products at www.anandaprofessional.com.

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Nov 01, 2021

Wile products empower grown women (40+) through perimenopause - Episode 139

In today’s episode, I interview Gwen Floyd, the co-founder and CEO of Wile. Wile is a holistic, plant-based wellness line for grown women 40-plus, rooted in hormonal and emotional balance. Created in partnership with endocrinologists and naturopaths, Wile is led by a team of seasoned entrepreneurs. Wile serves the 30 million mid-life women ignored by brands and the medical establishment yet overburdened with expectations. Wile believes access to effective solutions, real information and community around perimenopause and emotional wellness is a critical health and gender justice issue of our time. Wile recently launched on Grove Collaborative and may be in a retail store near you soon. Check out their lineup of drinks, supplements, and tinctures at www.wilewomen.com. Our listeners get a special discount. Just enter FEMTECH20 at checkout for 20% off your order. Enjoy the episode!

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Oct 18, 2021

Cost to Acquire a Customer in FemTech & SexTech with O.School - Episode 138

In today’s episode, I interview Andrea Barrica the founder and CEO of O.School. O.School is a judgment-free multi-media platform for sexual wellness. Andrea is building a future with less sexual shame and judgment and more permission to build sexual wellness, whatever that means for each person. O.School believes that every human being on this planet deserves comprehensive education about sex, pleasure, and relationships. Andrea is a serial entrepreneur, investor, contributor to New York Times and Forbes.com, author of the book entitled “Sextech Revolution, the Future of Sexual Wellness”. In our interview, you’ll hear how she was raised in a religious, conservative, first-generation Filipino-American family that only taught abstinence. Struggling with her own sexuality and the shameful messages she received about sex and the importance of virginity, she couldn't find reliable resources online. She became obsessed with the question: what exists between Planned Parenthood and porn? In this interview, we also deep dive into customer acquisition in the women’s health space. If you read FemTech Focus’s report we published this summer, you would have seen that 1 of the 4 biggest challenges facing femtech startups is media censorship of our products on marketing platforms. Andrea and I deep dive into some key metrics on marketing, research, and sales in the women’s health space. Learn more at O.School. Enjoy the episode!

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Oct 18, 2021

Astarte Ventures, Investing in FemTech before FemTech was a Thing - Episode 137

In today’s episode, I interview Tracy Warren the Managing Partner of Astarte Ventures. Astarte Ventures was formed by Tracy and her business partner, Tammi Jantzen. The fund ran from 2013 to 2017 and was the first early-stage investment fund dedicated to enhancing the health and well-being of women and children. Tracy and Tammi could not successfully fundraise the fund because in 2013 the bias of thinking women were a niche market and could not produce large returns was rampant. Tracy and Tammi took things into their own hands and made 8 investments themselves without raising a large fund with outside investors. Their investments include Maternal Medical which just closed a $10M series A, Madorra which has raised over $4M to date, Astarte Medical which Tracy and Tammi now operate as CEO and CFO, Alydia health which was acquired by Merck for $240M and initiated the organon spin-off, and Maven clinic which was just value at over $1B and hasn’t even exited yet. Needless to say, the returns on the fund will be very promising and the data that comes from their portfolio’s success will be extremely valuable for the 6 other femtech funds in operation today to prove to investors that funding women’s health is not only impactful but financially smart. Enjoy the episode!

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Oct 05, 2021

The Lactamo ball supports easier and healthier breastfeeding - Episode 136

In today’s episode, I interview Etta Watts-Russell the Founder and CEO of Lactamo. Lactamo is a specialized ball specifically designed and developed to facilitate and promote breastfeeding. Lactamo harnesses the power of breast massage, compression, heating, and cooling. Breast massage and temperature may be helpful in providing relief for the most common breastfeeding challenges. Lacatamo helps clear blocked ducts, relieve swelling and pain, fight off infection, stimulate milk production and flow and aid the let-down reflex. Check out the lactamo ball at www.lactamo.com

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Oct 05, 2021

Speaking about miscarriages with Parla - Episode 135

In today’s episode, I interview Lina Chan CEO and founder Parla. Parla is a digital health company revolutionizing reproductive health by providing greater access to diagnostic tests and proactive support. Parla was inspired by Lina’s own experience with fertility. She always felt on the back foot. Like many women, she found it difficult to understand what was going on with her body, get trusted support, and take care of her emotional health. Parla means to speak, and Lina believes it’s time to make women’s health an ongoing informed conversation. She is breaking taboos and making misinformation a thing of the past by creating a space that empowers women as they become the authority of their health, body, and choices. Parla supports women in 3 main ways: It empowers women with knowledge about their bodies through at-home tests, predictive data reports, and health quizzes. Second - It makes women feel supported by connecting them with a community of engaged experts and other women in similar reproductive life journeys. And third It nurtures women’s minds and emotional well-being through audio health guides and mindfulness content. The Parla app includes Free fertility health checks, Free meditation programs, Fertility experts for support, and a Community to share and learn with. The thing I was most inspired by in this interview was Lina’s attention to miscarriages and stillbirths. Both miscarriage and stillbirth describe pregnancy loss, but they differ according to when the loss occurs. In the United States, a miscarriage is usually defined as the loss of a baby before the 20th week of pregnancy, and stillbirth is the loss of a baby at 20 weeks of pregnancy and later. 8 out of 10 miscarriages happen in the first 3 months. 10-20% of pregnancies end in miscarriage. Learn more at www.myparla.com

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Sep 20, 2021

Steelsky Ventures, New Emerging FemTech Fund - Episode 134

In today’s episode, I interview Maria Velissaris, the founding general partner of Steelsky ventures. Steelsky is one of only 6 femtech specific venture funds. Their thesis is driven by their belief that women’s healthcare is a global market opportunity in the nascent stage that is primed for exponential growth. They invest across several verticals in women’s health including medical devices, consumer health, digital health, new healthcare delivery models, ePharmacy, and retail therapeutics. As a femtech investor myself it was great to speak with another woman on the same mission. To be considered for investment, submit your startup information at www.steelskyventures.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Sep 13, 2021

Goodbye public bathroom metal tampon dispensers, Hello Aunt Flow! -Episode 133

In today’s episode, I interview Claire Coder the Chief Estrogen Officer (CEO) and Founder of Aunt Flow. Aunt Flow is making the world better for people with periods. Aunt Flow is the first full-solution to help businesses and schools stock their bathrooms with freely accessible tampons and pads. Their free-vend, wall-mounted dispenser allows companies to provide 100% organic cotton menstrual products at no charge to their employees, students, and guests. So no more quarters! No more giant metal boxes! No more low quality menstrual products! tampons! Please be sure to visit their website at www.goauntflow.com. Enjoy the episode!

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Sep 12, 2021

Coral uses science-based app to improve your sex life - Episode 132

In today’s episode, I interview Isharna Walsh, the CEO, and founder of Coral. Coral is a venture-backed app that shows you how to have your best sex life through personalized lessons, guided exercises, real stories, and more. Coral is here to challenge sexual complacency and wake people up to the wonders of investing in their sex life - because sexuality is an integral part of happiness, health, and identity. Coral is an app that facilitates sexual education, acceptance, and connection, to improve happiness and impact lives, relationships, and society. The founder, Isharna Walsh is an investor turned founder. At one point she was even the Economic Advisor to the Australian Prime Minister and Cabinet. She is a global woman who was born and educated in Australia but has also lived in Indonesia, Italy, Sri Lanka, and the US. Over 300K individuals and couples have used Coral’s science-based app to learn and play their way to less stress, better sex, and deeper intimacy. Learn more at www.getcoral.app. Our listeners get a 20% membership discount. Go to www.trycoral.app/podcast and get 20% off your membership. Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 30, 2021

The Science Behind Prenatal to Postnatal Vitamins with Beli Baby - Episode 131

In today’s episode, I interview Joni Hanson Davis the CEO of Beli. Beli is a prenatal vitamin system designed to help women, men, and babies reach their full potential from day one. Together, Beli for Women and Beli for Men is a winning combination to help increase chances for conception and a healthy baby. Beli for Women offers nutrient-rocking supplements that nourish the female body from preconception to increase chances of fertility, once pregnancy occurs to boost energy and comfort, and post-birth when a woman’s body is recovering. Our listeners get a special discount. Go to www.BeliBaby.com and use promo code Femtech15 for 15% off your order. Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 23, 2021

FemTech Startups Equity Crowdfunding on Republic - Episode 130

In today’s episode, I interview Cheryl Campos the head of venture growth and partnership at Republic. Republic is a private investing platform. Republic curates private investment opportunities with high-growth potential across startups, gaming, real estate, and crypto. Investing in startups was previously available to only the wealthiest 3% of the US population. With Republic, everyone both accredited and non-accredited individuals can invest in private startups for a chance to own equity and hopefully a future return. Republic gives people the power to invest in the future they believe in by providing access to investment opportunities. Focused on creating a diverse, sustainable, connected world, Republic has facilitated over $250 million in investments from over one million global community members. In this interview, we review some very successful femtech deals that fundraised using Republic and discuss why we think crowdfunding could be the right choice for many women’s health consumer products and services. Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 16, 2021

Aila Health uses Artificial Intelligence to Treat Autoimmunity - Episode 129

In today’s episode, I interview Rory Staton, the Founder and CEO of Aila Health. Aila Health is tackling autoimmunity. They are on a mission to improve the healthcare experience for autoimmune patients which are disproportionately female. Aila Health uses data to bring the "invisible" into view, to support shared decision-making with a care team that listens to the patient, and to develop a personalized care plan that works for the patient’s life. Aila empowers its users to understand & manage their symptoms with online education, supportive communities & expert care from their board-certified doctors. To learn more visit www.ailahealth.com Enjoy the episode!

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Aug 08, 2021

MOLLI Surgical replaces wires with magnetic seeds for breast lumpectomies - Episode 128

In today’s episode, I interview Dr. Fazila Seker co-founder and CEO of MOLLI Surgical. MOLLI Surgical has developed a device that creates a better treatment journey for breast cancer patients. The device is a cutting-edge magnetic technology that shows surgeons where to remove tissue inside the breast, either a lumpectomy to test for cancer or to remove a cancerous mass. The current procedure is called a wire-guided excision biopsy which includes putting a thin wire into the breast tissue to show a surgeon the exact area to remove. The other end of the wire hangs outside the body and is taped to the woman’s side for up to 1 day before surgery. MOLLI on the other hand is a small magnetic bullet that is inserted into the breast into the target surgical site. No wires are hanging outside the body and there's no rush into surgery within the next 24 hours. The radioactive seed also helps surgeons remove lesions more efficiently and accurately. MOLLI is approved for use in Canada and the US. Fazila hosts a weekly Facebook Live show called “Breast Practices” where experts and patients discuss topics in patient-centered care. Learn more about MOLLI and check out the show breast practices at mollisurgical.com. Enjoy the interview!

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Aug 02, 2021

PCOS Awareness Association providing info and support for this hormone disorder - Episode 127

In today’s episode, I interview Megan Pearson the Founder and Executive Director of PCOS Awareness Association. PCOS Awareness Association is a non-profit organization dedicated to the advocacy of polycystic ovarian syndrome or PCOS. The organization and its volunteers are dedicated to raising the awareness of this disorder worldwide, providing educational and support services to help people understand what the disorder is and how it can be treated. The Association also provides support for people diagnosed with PCOS to help them overcome the syndrome and decrease the impact of its associated health problems. Public awareness of PCOS is necessary because although 10M people are affected, over half of them are unaware of it. Awareness helps the public understand that symptoms like irregular periods and pelvic pain are not something to be ignored and getting it checked is necessary. While there is no cure for PCOS, there are treatments that can help ease the stress and complications of specific symptoms. The exact cause is unknown, but it is considered a hormonal problem. Genetics and environmental factors are believed to be involved in the development of PCOS. It is a leading cause of female infertility and is responsible for a number of symptoms that can affect the body physically and emotionally. Despite the name, many people do not have cysts on their ovaries. The hormones involved in PCOS include androgens, insulin, and progesterone. This was a fascinating interview and I'm sure you’ll love it. Enjoy!

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Jul 29, 2021

The Agenda Period facilitates task management based on your menstrual cycle - Episode 126

In today’s episode, I interview Alyx Coble-Frakes, the CEO and Co-founder of The Agenda Period. The Agenda Period is a new type of period tracker that tells, you based on your menstrual cycle, what kind of work you should be doing. The idea is that today’s work life is based on a 24-hour cycle, which is the hormonal cycle of males. Females have an approximately 28-day cycle. Depending on which of the 4 menstrual phases a female is in, certain tasks should be performed. Such as pitching your startup while ovulating and cleaning out your inbox while bleeding. Download their app for free on the App Store. If you’d like their physical agenda book, go to TheAgendaPeriod.com and use promo code AGENDA10 for 10% off your order.

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Jul 18, 2021

Eli Health, Daily Hormone Testing for Fertility, Contraception, and Overall Understanding of Female Health - Episode 125

In today’s episode, I interview Marina Pavlovic Rivas CEO and Co-founder of Eli Health. Eli Health enables women to take control of their health across their lives, by providing them with powerful information on their daily hormone profile. They are creating a small at-home device to monitor hormones in your saliva on a daily basis. This data then syncs with their app to provide personalized insights into your daily hormone fluctuations. With this powerful information, users know their precise fertile days which is useful for couples who want to conceive and women who want a safe contraceptive method that’s hormone-free and non-invasive. The long-term mission goes beyond fertility and contraception. Hormones are at the very root of women’s health for diet, mental health, bone health, you name it! Yet, no solution allows for daily monitoring of the fluctuations of multiple hormones over many years. This lack of data has led to women’s health needs being poorly understood and thus poorly addressed. Learn more at https://www.eli.health

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Jul 18, 2021

DotLab's blood test for diagnosing endometriosis - Episode 124

In today’s episode, I interview Heather Bowerman, the CEO, and founder of DotLab. DotLab is a women’s healthcare technology company with a breakthrough, non-invasive, blood test that aids in the diagnosis of active endometriosis. Today, 1 in 10 women and people with menstrual cycles suffer from endometriosis. But it takes an average of 7 to 10 years to receive a diagnosis. That’s 120 excruciating periods. The lack of innovation in this space is because painful periods have been normalized for far too long and there aren’t enough tools to catch the disease early. DotLab measures microRNAs in the blood that acts as a unique signature to identify active endometriosis across all stages of the disease, regardless of hormones, cycle, or symptoms. Learn more at https://www.dotlab.com

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Jul 18, 2021

Wildflower Health's healthcare software empowering value-based care for women - Episode 123

Ok femfans, in today’s episode I interview Leah Sparks the CEO and founder at Wildflower Health. Wildflower Health is a healthcare software tool that accelerates virtual and value-based care between physicians, insurance companies, and the patient. They engage patients with a combination of high-tech and high-touch support. Telehealth and healthcare software that connect doctors, patients, and insurance may seem like old news especially after this past year with Covid-19. But Wildflower has been doing this for women’s health since 2012 with their maternal health app. Today, they support the entire ecosystem - the provider, the payer, and the family - with a clinically-integrated solution that is purpose-built to advance more effective, efficient care, as well as the payment models that fuel it. Learn more at https://www.wildflowerhealth.com

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Jun 27, 2021

Using seeds to manage your cycle with Funk It Wellness - Episode 122

Funk It Wellness is a cycle support company that builds products and community to support menstruators through their hormonal journey. Their products include a seed cycling kit to support PMS symptoms and an organic maca concentrate for increasing libido. The founder and CEO, Kate Morton, is a Registered Dietitian with a Master’s Degree in Human Clinical Nutrition and a passion for talking about periods & hormones. A little over 4 years ago she got off birth control after years and years and experienced all of the side effects of hormonal imbalance which lead her to create Funk It. Funk It is a 100% food-based hormone support company with its star product being their Seed Cycling Kits. Don’t know what seed cycling is? Tune in to find out more! Use promocode "femtech" at https://www.funkitwellness.com for 20% off your order.

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Jun 25, 2021

Coyote Ventures, the Newest Women's Health Fund in Partnership with FemTech Focus - BONUS 10

Meet the newest women's health and wellness venture fund, Coyote Ventures. Coyote Ventures is a Seed-stage venture fund in the United States investing in companies innovating in women’s health and wellness. Jessica Karr is the General Partner and Dr. Brittany Barreto is the co-founding FemTech Partner of Coyote Ventures. As scientists (MS in Biochemistry and PhD in Genetics) with entrepreneurial (Impossible Foods) and venture experience (Capital Factory), Jessica and Brittany are uniquely positioned to empower our portfolio companies in the women’s health and wellness space. https://www.coyote.ventures

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