No matter how you look at it, the health gap exists. As a woman, women’s health products have failed me more than once. We all know the realities behind birth control options. We all have been pressured by apps making sure we track our ovulation cycles for reproductive purposes only. And, we’ve all religiously taken our women’s multivitamins, to find out they are not living up to their claims. Are your health products failing you?
Women’s Health Issues
Before talking about what’s missing in women’s health products. Let’s look at the most common pressing issues for women. As of 2018, according to Statista, women prioritized their health concerns as follow:
27% Mental health
18% Heart health
8% Reproductive Health
2% Accidents and Injuries
Turns out women’s health priorities extend far beyond menstrual cups and biodegradable tampons.
Why Women’s Health Products Are Lacking?
By no means is this an attack on women’s health product manufacturers. But the fact is, clinical trials, research, and development of women-focused products have let women down. According to the FDA, women have double the risk of developing adverse drug reactions when compared to men. However, by 2001, around two-thirds of clinical trials still excluded women from their studies.
On that same report by the BBC, there’s evidence that countless times, FDA-approvals and clinical trials overall dismissed the risks of medications and health products for women. They are leaving women’s health to chance.
Take Control of Your Women’s Health Products
Staying informed about the ways manufacturers choose to research new drugs and products is paramount. While you don’t have to become an activist for women’s health issues, raising your voice can be enough. Make sure you’re asking the right questions when you’re talking to your doctor. Read the ingredient lists of health products. All of these are ways for you to take control of your health.
Here at GR8NESS, we want to give you a safe space to share your journey. Use the survey above to let us know what’s missing on your women’s health products. We promise to share these records and start making a buzz around what’s missing.