Flo PCOS Awareness Month

Flo PCOS Awareness Month


What is hidden behind the polycystic ovary syndrome? It is approximately one in ten women of childbearing age having this condition and it is the cause of more than 80% of anovulatory infertility cases. According to internal research, 43.5% of Flo users do not know what PCOS is. And 62.7% believe it would be great if more women knew about PCOS. In this video, we’ll talk about PCOS and how Flo helps users all over the world identify if they are at risk for this condition. Polycystic ovary syndrome is a hormonal disorder when a woman’s body produces excess amounts of sex hormones — androgens — which creates a hormone imbalance. This hormone imbalance hinders the development of an egg that can’t release from the ovary. The ovaries become full of immature follicles which further provoke the production of male hormones. PCOS affects a woman’s appearance, fertility, and overall health. PCOS symptoms include: irregular periods, excess hair growth on atypical places like chest, hips, and chin oily skin, acne, and sometimes hair loss. It can also lead to serious health problems such as type 2 diabetes, cardiovascular disease, and infertility. With the help of medical experts, Flo developed PCOS Health Assistant to help raise awareness about PCOS and empower women to take control of their health. How does it work? Users log their cycles and symptoms for at least 6 months. If Flo’s algorithm detects a combination of symptoms that could indicate a risk of PCOS, it invites users to interact with the Health Assistant. If the symptoms indicate increased risk of PCOS, Flo will encourage the users to visit a doctor. If users indicate that PCOS has been confirmed by a doctor, Flo will support them with follow-up information on the condition. Since its soft launch at the end of 2018, PCOS Health Assistant has interacted with over a quarter million (250 000) women whose health characteristics may indicate PCOS 30 000 women confirmed that they have been previously diagnosed with PCOS 9 200 women visited their doctor following Flo’s recommendation. Of the women who visited their doctor, 1 500 were confirmed to have PCOS 1 400 women were diagnosed with other conditions – such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts and thyroid disorders. Unfortunately, there isn’t a cure for PCOS yet. However, its symptoms can be managed to improve quality of life and help women get pregnant. Flo asked users if they’ve noticed any changes in their lives after being diagnosed with PCOS by their doctors. To support PCOS Awareness Month, for September PCOS Health Assistant is available for all who use the app in English. It can be found in Health Insights section. We encourage you to open Flo app and to see if your symptoms indicate an increased risk of PCOS.

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