Scientific Advisory Board
Jennifer Payne specializes in reproductive psychiatry. Her research interests are psychiatric illnesses influenced by reproductive hormonal change, such as pre-menstruation, during pregnancy and after pregnancy (postpartum), and during perimenopause (years leading up to menopause).
Sarah Garfinkel’s expertise lies in cognitive and affective neuroscience. Among her research interests is emotion processing in a range of clinical conditions, including anxiety, autism, posttraumatic stress disorder, and psychosis, as well as its relationship to cognition to augment fear memory and alter attention.
Sarah E. Hill is an expert in women’s health and sexual psychology. Her research interests include the role of hormones, the immune system, and the environment in relationship and health behaviors, in women particularly.
Liisa Hantsoo is an expert in psychology and behavioral sciences. Her research interests include the effects of stress in women’s mental health across the lifespan, with a special focus on premenstrual dysphoric disorder.
Jan Multmeier is a cognitive scientist and expert in health economics. He explores how patients and health care providers make decisions under uncertainty, how digital tools can help patients and physicians make better decisions, and how these tools impact health and economic outcomes.
We seek acclaimed scientists, institutions, universities, and research groups (incl. corporate research groups from different business fields) with in-depth subject-matter expertise and proven contributions to global health and well-being.
Flo and Northwestern University PCOS Study: First Results Revealed
What Scientific Evaluation of an App Is and Why Do You Need It For Your Healthtech Product
A Scientist’s Guide to Making The Leap From Academia to Healthtech
6 out of 10 Lithuanian Women Are Satisfied With Their Health: How Else Can We Improve This Indicator?
Peer-reviewed paper, 2021
- The most common symptoms of polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) vary across different countries.
- Bloating was the most frequently reported symptom among women with PCOS.
- Women were at least 3 times more likely to have a PCOS diagnosis if they bloat or have high blood cholesterol and glucose.
- A PCOS diagnosis is more common in women with a higher BMI.
- PCOS is more common as BMI increases.
- Having hirsutism increases the probability of PCOS by more than 3 times.
- The most common symptoms of PCOS vary across different BMI categories.
Peer-reviewed paper, 2020
- More than 90% of women typically have a cycle length of 21 to 35 days.
- Less than half — only 40% — of women have a usual cycle length of 27 to 29 days.
- Length and variation of the cycle are influenced more by women’s age than the body mass index.
- Less variation and shorter cycles were found in women older than 40.
Johns Hopkins University
- First-time mothers were more likely to report depressive symptoms than mothers with more children.
- Depressive symptoms were the highest among young mothers (18-24 years).
- Mothers of twins reported a higher burden of depressive symptoms than mothers of one child.
- More than 84% of Flo users say the app improved their knowledge about menstrual cycles and pregnancy.
- 72.2% of users find “reading and/or watching articles and video sources in the app” as the most informative feature of the Flo app.
- Longer and more frequent Flo Premium users were even more likely to report improved knowledge and health.
- 45.2% of users reported missing, on average, 5.8 days of work due to their cycle.
- 48.4% do not feel supported by their manager, and 94.6% report no workplace benefit regarding their menstrual cycle.
- The Flo app helped 88.7% of users to feel prepared and more aware of their bodies and 77.6% to feel supported.
Johns Hopkins School of Medicine and University of Virginia
Peer-reviewed paper, 2022
- Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, an increase in postpartum depression was found in 36 states of the USA.
- The increase in postpartum depressive symptoms was greater in the states with fewer deaths from COVID-19 and in the ones where unemployment rates for women were lower in 2020.
Premenstrual Symptoms Across the Lifespan in an International Sample: Data From a Mobile Application
Peer-reviewed paper, 2022
- The most common PMS symptoms were food cravings (85.28%), mood swings or anxiety (64.18%), and fatigue (57.3%).
- Physical premenstrual symptoms increased with age.
- Premenstrual symptoms regarding anxiety and mood remained similar with age.
- How much premenstrual symptoms interfere with daily functioning every cycle varies across different countries.
- Women in Ukraine reported increased stress after the Russian-Ukranian conflict started. At the same time, they reported pain less often.
- After the conflict started, women in Ukraine who reported stress were less likely to report pain. This finding is consistent with the phenomenon of stress-induced analgesia.
Global Menstrual Cycle Symptomatology
- Cramps were the most common premenstrual symptom.
- Somatic, gastrointestinal, and negative mood symptoms were most common in the late luteal phase and least common in the midfollicular phase.
- Negative mood symptoms decreased throughout the follicular phase, while positive mood symptoms were most common in the late follicular phase.