In India, which is the second most populous nation, with nearly half of it being female, the concept of FemTech though still in its nascent stage, is now gaining traction. With increase in awareness about a woman’s health and body, the country has seen the rise of startups that deal with products and services related to female hygiene and health. Here’s listing a few of them, that are doing a commendable job in this sector in the country.
Found by Sairee Chahal, Sheroes is a women-only platform that is working tirelessly to provide women, a social network ecosystem. Babygogo and Naaree are also a part of the SHEROES network. What makes it unique is that it provides constructive resources, opportunities and conversations and is backed by communities and even a helpline. For their enterprise customers, they also offer brand solutions, a managed remote solutions program and they also have a platform for preventing sexual harassment at work titled ‘SHE’
Zealthy is the largest women health platform that provides verified and trustworthy information about their health. Based in Bangalore, it provides services in various areas of personal health and wellness. The company offers customized solutions to suit the customers’ requirements and needs, helping them ease their infertility journey. They provide at-home infertility kits, fertility coaching and even offer solutions and advise for procedures like IVF.
A popular brand with women, Carmesi offers a variety of products of hygiene for women. The brand’s USP is that all their products are bio-degradable and made using natural materials like bamboo and corn fibre. Products like menstrual cups, cramp-relief patches, facial razors and waxing strips are a big hit with its target audience.
Cervical cancer is one of the leading causes of death amongst women in the world. Though it goes unnoticed by many women, earlier detection can help reduce the intensity of the disease and CervAstra is working towards doing the same. It is an AI powered medtech company that uses various methods employed in early detection of cervical cancer. Their instruments are portable and women can make use of them at their healthcare providers, availing reports in a short time.
This startup is a virtual health clinic that offers information and medical guidance to women in various areas like infertility, pregnancy, skincare, PCOS, thyroid etc. They do so by using a private web chat interface, connecting women doctors with patients, thereby ensuring privacy and ease.
6. Care Mother
This technology platform offers solutions for customized healthcare for pregnant women. It offers pregnant women a mobile platform for door-to-door medical kits and tests, along with connecting them to the best gynecologists. Products offered by them include- Fetosense-a wireless fetal heart monitor, BabyBeat- a self- fetal heart monitoring device and also a pregnancy tracker and growth app.
These were some of the many FemTech companies that are working hard to establish themselves and contribute to the growth of the sector. FemTech, has a lot of scope for expansion, especially in the LGBTQ space and offering medical and mental health assistance. However, the sector needs investments too, so as to compete on a global scale as well.