As many of us know, in the UK, it takes an average of 7 years to be diagnosed with endometriosis - and for many, this can be much, much longer.
Through awareness, we are beginning to help others recognise symptoms earlier and to feel empowered to communicate these issues to their doctors and ask for further investigation. Additionally, there are now period tracker apps that are helping women to become more aware of their cycle and the pain triggers they may be experiencing.
Smart Health UG is a German based company developing just this. In 2016 they created a free chatbot which runs through Facebook Messenger, called Izzy. Izzy is a period tracker, birth control reminder, and reproductive health information assistant who basically talks to you like a friend would through a messaging app. Smart Health's aim is to support women through personalised and non-judgemental technology which empowers them to understand and manage their reproductive health.
While supporting women to manage their periods, the team behind Izzy realised the real need for further information on endometriosis and for a pain tracking app in order to bring about earlier diagnosis times.
They are now looking for women with endometriosis to test their new app, and give feedback on areas where it can be improved! If you'd like to be involved, you can add your email address to their database on SurveyMonkey and they'll be in touch soon with the next steps.
Bit by bit we're inching closer to creating a society that takes endometriosis seriously and correct treatment is available for all. Let's help Izzy make the next step in that direction!