Dec 28, 2016 09:00 AM EST
Women's Health Technology: 2017 Promises More Tech For Women, From Breast To Uber Pregnancy Test
The year 2016 isn't quite good for smartphones and so is health technology for women. With 2017 fast approaching, may hope that there will be more innovations that would address women's needs. Check out the latest innovations for women's health technology that will surely hit the market next year.
Remote-Controlled Breast Reconstruction Device
This needleless device for tissue expansion in the breast area has been approved by FDA. For years, patients who decide for breast reconstruction after the mastectomy must undergo painful procedure to help in tissue expansion which usually include saline injection around the breast area.
The new handheld AeroForm device can now be used instead of the traditional expanders. The device uses a compressed carbon dioxide to fill the expander and gradually expand the tissue, more gradual than saline injection according to MIT Technology Review.
Bloodtest For Endometriosis
Endometriosis is a little bit tricky and so it will need thorough tests to accurately diagnose the patient. Dr. Heather Bowerman headed the San Francisco-based DOT Laboratories which had developed a test for endometriosis. The company plans to launch the test kit in mid-2017.
Uber for Birth Control
Launched by Nurx, a San Francisco startup company in Dec. 19, this service aims to make birth control more accessible. According to the CEO and co-founder of Nurx - Hans Gangeskar - the desire of president-elect Donald Trump to repeal the Affordable Health Care Act motivated them to come up with the idea of making contraception accessible, Business Insider reported.
To make sure every woman gets the access to screening for possible cervical abnormalities while avoiding the embarrassment it may cause, a Toronto-based Eve Medical was able to develop a do-it-yourself test kit. Women just need to swab themselves and then mail the sample for analysis.
Spit-based Fertility Test
Currently, women had to go to a clinic and have their blood drawn to test hormonal issues, determine ovulation period as well as diagnosing pregnancy but now, Katie Brenner, founder of BluDiagnostics wa able to build a saliva-based fertility device. The device will measure the female hormone levels through the saliva sample.
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