Smart tampons to track women’s health

By TNT Bureau

June 3, 2016:  Ridhi Tariyal and Stephen Gire, an entrepreneur and a scientist, respectively have come up with something that would allow women to find out about their periods  sooner than every year

Tariyal said that you can pick up a disease any time, and letting it sit there for a year until your next visit can have consequences downstream that you don’t want. The system has to change.

Radical new system

Together, Tariyal and Gire have been devising a radical new system of testing that will allow women to proactively keep track of their health by studying blood samples in the privacy of their homes. A tampon could double as a tool for collecting women’s blood. With the right technology, it could even test the blood for a range of biomarkers and send that information to a database that would allow a woman to track her reproductive health over time. It could be the most intimate wearable technology yet and a milestone in the development of the quantified self.

NextGen Jane

In 2014, Tariyal and Gire launched a startup called NextGen Jane to begin work developing a “smart tampon” and gathering information about the kinds of data women want to learn about their bodies.So far, they aren’t disclosing too many details about how their smart tampon will work—and anyway, before they can put a device like this on the market, they need to first develop a range of tests. Having just closed a round of seed funding led by Access Industries, they are currently conducting clinical trials to bring this testing to market.

Taniyal said that they have to get to a place where we have working, high-quality tests for enough conditions that it actually makes it worthwhile for women to test themselves every month.  Our vision is to manage reproductive health from menarche to menopause. We’re thinking about all the ways that women could find data about their bodies useful, added Taniyal.

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