Reproductive Health

Merck Announces the Second Cohort of Safer Childbirth Cities Organizations Committed to Improving Maternal Health Equity in the U.S.

Merck, known as MSD outside the United States and Canada, announced today its funding support of a second cohort of nine city-based projects across the country — expanding its Safer Childbirth Cities initiative to additional communities that have a high burden of maternal mortality and morbidity to help improve maternal health outcomes and reduce racial inequities in care. The newly selected projects…

Yesmom Launches Its At-Home Blood Testing Kits for Female Fertility in Thailand

Women’s reproductive healthcare in Asia gets a boost with the launch of Yesmom’s at-home blood-testing kit for female fertility in Thailand, designed to help women stay on the front foot of their reproductive health from the comfort of home. Building on four years of expertise in women’s health, Yesmom is working on becoming the go-to brand in Thailand in the ‘proactive health’ category. With…

OCON Healthcare Announces Positive Long-Term efficacy and safety data on over 100K users of its Smart IUB Ballerine Hormone-Free Contraceptive

OCON Healthcare, a women’s health company which develops, manufactures and commercializes innovative 3D intrauterine drug delivery devices based on its patented IUB (Intra-Uterine Ball) platform, announced new positive world-wide data exploring the efficacy and safety of IUB Ballerine, the company’s smart 3D hormone-free intrauterine contraceptive. The real-world data, collected carefully from 101,583 women by OCON Healthcare’s partners in 24 countries where the…

Only 10% Of Birth Control Patients Would Return to In-Person Care After Pandemic Ends Says New Survey

According to a new survey commissioned by SimpleHealth, an online reproductive health control provider and prescriber, just ten percent of patients who rely on telemedicine services for birth control would return to in-person care for birth control after the COVID-19 pandemic subsides. SimpleHealth asked 100,000 people who get their birth control online from a broad range of providers, including Nurx and the Pill Club. According to…

The Pill Club Announces Former Uber Eats Co-Founder Liz Meyerdirk as New CEO

Earlier this week Pill Club announced that Liz Meyerdirk is joining the company as CEO. Liz was a founding member of Uber Eats and helped grow it into a $30B+ business. She also joins Pill Club’s board. Founder and former CEO, Nick Chang, is staying on as president and executive chairman. Liz Meyerdrink joins Pill Club at a time when women’s health…

SimpleHealth Waives Consultation Fee for Unemployed Women Needing Access to Birth Control

SimpleHealth, an online reproductive health provider, is is waiving the $20 consultation fee for all unemployed women seeking access to birth control through the end of January 2021. The announcement comes after reports indicated that of the 140,000 jobs lost in the last month, nearly all of them were held by women – the overwhelming majority of which were held by women of color. SimpleHealth can ship…

DigiD8 Co-Founder Barghavi Govindarajan: “I would advise fellow entrepreneurs to inculcate a bias for action and move as quickly as possible when navigating ambiguity.”

In our “Starter Story” series we invite femtech founders to share their stories of how it all began. How did they come up with the idea? Where did they meet their cofounders and what was the hardest part of going from 0 to 1? In today’s Starter Story we get to share DigiD8’s founding story as told by co-founder Barghavi Govindarajan. DigiD8‘s mission…

The New York Academy of Medicine Launches New Initiative Focused on Maternal and Child Health

Building on its 173-year history of advancing medicine, science and public health, The New York Academy of Medicine (NYAM) has announced its convening of NYC and national experts to advance research and policy change for maternal and child health equity. NYAM recently launched a 13-member Women’s Health Research & Well-being Workgroup, and on January 12, 2021 will host a virtual Maternal and Child…