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Highlights

Lia launches the world’s first flushable and biodegradable pregnancy test.

Hybrid Maternity Care Startup Oula opens their first in-person clinic in Brooklyn.

Elektra Health launches a 21st Century Guide to Menopause.

Family health startup Cleo announces 8 new diversity & inclusion centered features and initiatives.

FemTech Focus is celebrating its 100th podcast episode by hosting FemTech Summit this weekend.

Hologic and Gallup partner to create a Global Women’s Health Index.

Women’s Health reserach Collective (WHrC) launches multi-stakeholder initiatives around unmet women’s health needs.

Canada-based Utiva launches a new line of urinary tract health and wellness products.

The FDA accepts UVision360’s submission for the novel LUMIONELLE DTx System Biopsy Sheath.

Women’s Health Biotech Celmatix adds Dr. Stephen Palmer to its Scientific Advisory Board.

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In the Know

By the Numbers: Investments in Women and Women’s Health (Avestria Ventures / Medium)

Facebook’s Ad Policies Banned Cartoon Cleavage and Naked Backs (Vice)

What it takes to make it in digital health, based on companies that already have (MobiHealthNews)

Don’t Let Health Hold Women Back (Foreign Policy)

8 Female Venture Capital Investors to Watch in 2021 (Forbes)

The Future of Investing in Healthcare Innovation (Silicon Valley Bank)

Focus on Femtech: Alice Pelton is building ‘Trip Advisor for Contraception’ (Entrepreneurs First)

Why Black Women Are Rejecting Hospitals in Search of Better Birth (NY Times)

Trends shaping women’s health technology in 2021 (Tech Wire Asia)

A Defining Moment for Digital Behavioral Health: Four Market Trends (Rock Health)

Health Data Poverty: An Assailable Barrier to Equitable Digital Health Care (The Lancet)

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