For the past year my co-founder Sabrina and I have been building Pollie. Our vision is to be the telehealth solution for managing complex chronic conditions for people that menstruate, and we’re starting with polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS).

If you are new to the world of complex chronic conditions such as hormone, autoimmune, and digestive disorders — which impact an estimated 30% of people that menstruate — the need for a solution like Pollie may warrant an eyebrow raise. As I’ve written about before, many believe that women’s health startups will converge into a single player. …

Several months ago, my co-founder Sabrina and I were pitching our company Pollie to an accelerator. Our lead interviewer was a fairly well-known individual in the tech community. Within the first few moments of discussion they told us that they had just read an article about endometriosis, a hormone-related condition for which our current tool helped people find specialists.

At first we were thrilled. Explaining the massive problem that is polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), endometriosis, and amenorrhea in terms of prevalence and available healthcare resources is a difficult thing to do when the external party has had no personal experience…

Forbes published an article last week proclaiming 2021 will be the year that women’s health goes from niche to mainstream. As a woman operating a femtech startup, I was excited by this. Or, at least, I was at first. I am an optimist at heart, after all.

But the reality is that femtech has been touted as the next-hot-thing by media for years:

In the past year, San Franciscans have fallen into one of two camps: those that say everyone is leaving, and those who believe that the mass exodus hype is just that. Hype.

I fall into the former group. As someone who recently moved out of her San Francisco apartment without the intention of going back — and who can easily think of nearly 10 close friends who have done the same since March of 2020 or are in the midst of this transition themselves — this is a hard one for me to believe otherwise. Could it be a familiarity…

Jane Sagui

Pollie co-founder. Ask me about women’s health, running, and Jung / MBTI (yes, I’m one of those).

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