What is a ‘femtech’ company? Elizabeth Tracey reports


If you’re a woman going through menopause you may have chosen to go online for help. If so you may be the victim of a ‘femtech’ company. Wen Shen, a menopause expert at Johns Hopkins, explains.

Shen: Basically they're there to push compounded hormone therapy that are not FDA approved. They're also there to push products, so they're marketing all these skin things and supplements and everything that are not evidence based not FDA approved. So I think this is where over medicalization happens and have they had full consultations like what are the other options.   :30

Shen says a recent series in the Lancet on menopause may exacerbate women turning online for help with menopause symptoms since it seems to discount research and offer facile solutions. She encourages women to seek help from experienced clinicians so a comprehensive approach to their health may be taken. At Johns Hopkins, I’m Elizabeth Tracey.