As we mentioned in our recent blog ‘Why the COVID-19 vaccines are a women’s health issue’, there is a concerning lack of healthcare data on women, particularly pregnant women. This is an issue that is cultivated throughout the whole process of medical research from the use of male animals or male-derived cells in preclinical studies,16 all the way to the clinical trial process.
In clinical trials, gender analysis is often omitted,17 pregnant women are for the most-part excluded,18 and it was only in 1993 that the inclusion of women in clinical trials actually became mandated by the national institutes of health (NIH) following a ban by the US FDA.19
Now that we are seeing an increase in the popularity of femtech apps and wearables, we are generating huge amounts of data on women’s health and lifestyles, across countries and cultures.
The implications of this, particularly in the future treatment of poorly understood conditions such as endometriosis, are extremely promising. The SORA app from Syrona Heath allows women to track their gynaecological and general health symptoms, with a particular emphasis on those struggling with either endometriosis or polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS). The app even incorporates gamification in order to promote retention amongst its users – could we use apps such as this to improve knowledge around these conditions?