Every Thursday we send out a curated newsletter on “all things femtech and women’s health innovation”. This is the latest edition. If you’re interested in subscribing, you can do so at the bottom of this page.

“We want to make information, help and care accessible and affordable for all, we believe that in an age of knowledge, it is unacceptable to know so little about ourselves. Reproductive problems are not prioritized, and female health has not been either, which has led to a global drop in fertility rates. We want to stop this drop.” Dr. Helen O’Neill, Hertility Founder & CEO. Image: Hertility

Highlights

UK-based startup Hertility launches tailored at-home testing to address the COVID-related fertility crisis; Garmin unveils Lily, a new smartwatch and tracker designed for women; Merck announces the second cohort of Safer Childbirth Cities Organizations Committed to Improving Maternal Health Equity in the U.S.; Yesmom launches its at-home blood testing kits for female fertility in Thailand; HLTH Foundation and Break into the Boardroom (BiB) partner on Diversity Initiative focused on driving gender parity on boards of healthcare companies; Doula Platform Major Care launches a new postpartum app for parents; GLISSANT, a startup led by pelvic surgeon Karyn Eibler, launches a new line of modern, natural lubricants; Springboard is now accepting applications for its Health Innovation Hub: Life Science accelerator program; Poland enforces a controversial near-total abortion ban; DTC health startup Ro is in talks to go public through a blank check merger; Folx Health raises another $25M for its virtual clinic offerings and care for the LGBTQIA+ community; One week after announcing their investment in Preemadonna, Halogen Ventures announces the closing of a new $21M fund to invest in the next generation of billion dollar businesses run by women

In the Know

Portfolia: An Interview with Trish Costello about the New Femtech II Fund, Learnings from Femtech I and Opportunities in Women’s Health Innovation (Femtech Insider)

Melanie Cristol on the Evolution of Sexual Wellness Startup Lorals: “We’re about to apply to the FDA and expect that Lorals will be able to be used for STI protection later this year.” (Femtech Insider)

Lululemon’s Global Wellbeing Report: Only 29% of Respondents Indicate Strong Wellbeing, with Gen Z Ranking the Lowest Among Generations (Femtech Insider)

Moon Mother Hemp Founder Jessica Bates: “I didn’t see anything on the market that spoke specifically to the needs of women and vaginal health.” (Femtech Insider)

The Numbers Don’t Tell the Whole Story: Unemployment Statistics Can’t Capture the Full Extent of What Women Have Lost. (The Cut)

Virtual mental health is the rage. Now brace yourself for industry consolidation. (San Francisco Business Times)

“Breaking taboos is not easy, and it does not happen overnight”: Interview with sextech startup Platanomelon’s CEO and founder Anna Boldu (EU Startups)

Your App Knows You Got Your Period. Guess Who It Told? (NY Times)

Sperm Counts Continue to Fall (The Atlantic)

Whiteboarding the Future of IVF (Medium / David Sable)

Decentralized Clinical Trails: Collaboration is needed to drive their adoption and impact (STAT News)

Patient Communities Should Change (Out of Pocket)

Who’s Hiring? 

Twentyeight Health is hiring a Full Stack Engineer.

Progenity is hiring a Business Development Manager.

Tia is hiring a Virtual Care Coordinator.

Cleo is looking for Clinical Leads.

Zaya Care is hiring a Chief of Staff.

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