3/6/2020

Dynamic Code Celebrates Women's Health on International Women's Day

Vaginal health is a topic that few people talk about, and vaginal diseases have been traditionally overlooked by the research, pharmaceutical and healthcare sectors. However, digitalisation, e-health and self-testing are powerful tools to increase accessibility and create fairness and equality within healthcare, with the goal of increasing the quality of life for women suffering from vaginal diseases and infections. Since its inception, women's health has been an important focus area for healthtech company, Dynamic Code.

As part of the fight to improve women's health, healthtech company Dynamic Code collaborates with several stakeholders who have been particularly committed to women's health. Digital healthcare provider My Doctor, which offers Dynamic Code's self-tests for bacterial vaginosis and yeast infection (Candida) in women, believes that the tests have revolutionised access to fast and effective care.

- "Health and illness affecting women have been low-priority subjects for far too long. Knowledge of how diseases, processes and medicines work in women is not always as good as it should be. By being able to offer vaginal self-tests both in pharmacies and in digital care, we can make it easier for women to both test themselves, and get help safely in a secure environment," says Henrik Kangro, Specialist Doctor and Medical Director at My Doctor.

Many women's diseases are invisible but affect and limit women's lives to a great extent. Vaginal diseases and infections often produce symptoms that make everyday life difficult through pain and discomfort, itching and unpleasant odour. Despite this, genital disorders are often neglected in healthcare.

- "I see a brighter future for women, with women's health issues being increasingly prioritised. There are many of us working in women's health, with plenty of hope that we will succeed in raising the quality of life for women affected by vaginal health issues. Self-testing is an important part of the development ahead. I believe that women today value quick and medically-safe help for problems such as fungal infections or bacterial vaginosis," says Emma Karling Widsell, licensed midwife.

10-20% of women of childbearing age are estimated to have bacterial vaginosis. Even though the disorders are so common, 6 out of 10 women do not know what bacterial vaginosis is, and often women suffer unnecessarily due to lack of knowledge and misdiagnoses. Fungal infection in the genital area, with which bacterial vaginosis is often confused, affects about 75 percent of all women of childbearing age at some point in their lives, and can cause symptoms such as itching around the vaginal opening and vaginal discharge. Bacterial vaginosis can also lead to vaginal discharge caused by an imbalance among the bacteria in the vagina, and therefore requires a different treatment to a yeast infection. For this reason, it is important to obtain the correct diagnosis quickly in order to be able to receive the appropriate treatment.

- "Vaginal infections and diseases have long been under-prioritised in healthcare and there are shortcomings in knowledge in the field. This means that many women are misdiagnosed, receive the wrong treatment, and suffer totally unnecessarily and for too long. Through many years of research on the subject, I can confirm that self-testing for bacterial vaginosis really works and provides a safe diagnosis. Self-testing could revolutionise women's health," says Per-Göran Larsson, Associate Professor and Consultant in Obstetrics and Gynaecology.

 

For more information, please contact:

Anne Kihlgren, Founder and CEO of Dynamic Code
+46 (0)70 819 16 21
anne.kihlgren@dynamiccode.se

Malin Pettersen, Sales and Marketing Manager at Dynamic Code
+46 (0)70 148 39 90
malin.pettersen@dynamiccode.se

Press contact My Doctor
+46 (0)10 160 04 06
press@mindoktor.se