In August 2021, FEMaLe project’s Instagram account @female_project has started the advertisement and promotion of the female fertility app “Lucy”.
Lucy app is a menstruation and fertility calendar that also monitors the user’s health, per app’s promotion page: hellolucy.app.
The creators, Hungarian patients’ organization ‘Together it’s easier’ For Women’s Health Foundation and YourCode Lab, state that “Every fifth woman in the world is affected by some gynecological disease, which can often be diagnosed after many years. Sometimes they try for years for a baby, but to no avail. Due to the ambiguity of physical symptoms, patients may be misdiagnosed and therefore not receive an effective treatment. We’ve heard countless heartbreaking stories.”
So, they have made the algorithm under the supervision of a specialist doctor, Dr. Attila Bokor, PhD, an obstetrician-gynecologist, which monitors whether the user should visit their gynecologist based on their reported symptoms. The algorithm also pays attention to which diseases should be given special attention in the event of a problem. The application recognizes symptoms of the following diseases:
- Ovarian cysts
- Pelvic inflammation
And collects the most important information from the user’s posts and prepares a summary of it, so if shown to the doctor, they can receive a much more accurate picture of the user’s medical condition, and thus provide a better treatment. The menstruation and fertility diary can:
- Help with family planning by letting the user know about their fertility days
- Notify the user before the expected menstruation
- Notify the user if they can expect PMS symptoms
- Remind the user to take their contraceptive – or other medication – in time
- For pregnant users, Lucy helps with pregnancy tracking
- Help with weight change tracking
FEMaLe’s Instagram account has helped immensely with the promotion of the Lucy app to its community of endometriosis and other gynecological disease affected people, which increased the usage of app, thus allowing for more data to be collected and processed, and finally put to use with further research on endometriosis diagnosis and prevention.
You can learn more and download the Lucy App here: https://hellolucy.app/en.