The Future of Women’s Healthcare

Welcome to The Helm's first digital magazine issue, where we look at the women creating the companies, technologies, and systems of tomorrow.

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Womanhood Is Not a Pre-Existing Condition

Across every age group, women are saddled with higher health care costs than men. What will it take for "being female" to be covered by insurance?

By Leslie Goldman

Women's Health

Biomarker Testing Is Key to Personalized, At-Home Fertility Care

As healthcare rapidly expands beyond the hospital, personalized biomarker testing is crucial to understanding each woman’s unique fertility profile.

By Dr. Amy Divaraniya

Women's Health

The Black Women Leading Maternal Healthcare

From Mahmee to Mama Glow, six pioneering founders are reshaping America's maternal care system, ensuring all birthing people are supported from pregnancy to postpartum.

By Janell Hickman-Kirby

Women's Health

What Does Equitable Access to Healthcare Actually Look Like?

Two women-identifying founders are breaking barriers to provide affordable, high-quality, culturally appropriate care for marginalized people—proving that caring for overlooked populations isn’t an afterthought: it’s the future.

By Anna Louie Sussman

Bootstrapped

How Tia Raised $100 Million to Become the One-Stop-Shop of Women’s Healthcare

Co-founder and CEO Carolyn Witte on how she closed one of the largest Series B rounds for a healthcare company focused on women.

By Dana Drori

Women's Health

Mental Health Is the Next Crisis to Hit the Startup World

Coa co-founder Dr. Emily Anhalt outlines why all founders need to prioritize their “emotional fitness”.

By Olivia Fleming

We Need to Talk About Menopause

100 percent of people born with a uterus will go through menopause if they live long enough—but only 7 percent of them will get the help they need for it, reveals Gennev founder Jill Angelo.

By Jill Angelo

Women's Health

11 Essential Books About Women’s Health, Written by Women

These must-read women-authored books address everything from hormone health and breast cancer to autoimmune disease.

By Quinn Devita

Women's Health

20 Innovative Period Products for Your Menstrual Cycle

From customized birth control to effective pain relief and leak-proof products, these women-owned period brands are transforming the feminine care industry.

By Quinn Devita

Women's Health

29 Female-Founded Fertility Companies for Every Step of Your Pregnancy Journey

Whether you're trying to conceive, ready for IVF, or about to give birth, these female founders are making it easier—and more affordable—to get pregnant.

By Quinn Devita

Women's Health

16 Female-Founded Companies Giving Menopause a Makeover

With new technological approaches to treating the most challenging symptoms, these female-founded startups are revolutionizing what it means to be menopausal.

By Quinn Devita

Women's Health

15 Women Redesigning the Mental Health Industry

From virtual group therapy to a psychedelic drug hoping to replace antidepressants, these female-founded startups are reimagining how women seek help for their mental wellbeing.

By Quinn Devita

Women's Health

20 Cutting Edge Women’s Health Inventions to Watch

From urine breast cancer screening to smart tampons, these up-and-coming female-founded brands are transforming the women's healthcare industry through technological innovation.

By Quinn Devita

Closing the Female Health Education Gap

A dearth of education about female bodies has left women trying to decipher their own reproductive organs everywhere from bathrooms to book clubs.

By Dana Alloy

Bootstrapped

How Afton Vechery Sold Modern Fertility for $225 Million, Just Four Years After Launch

The 31-year-old co-founder reveals how she built her reproductive health company on the premise that women should track their fertility like they track their steps.

By Kaitlin Menza

Women's Health

How Natalist Conquered a Fertility Industry Run By Men

Founder Halle Tecco created a one-stop-shop for trusted fertility products in an industry dominated by faceless, male-founded pregnancy companies.

By Olivia Fleming

Women's Health

Women Shouldn’t Have to Choose Between Building a Company and Having a Baby

When three of Oula’s senior executives became pregnant at the same time, they saw their own maternity leave as an opportunity to set an example for other early-stage startups.

By Lindsey Taylor Wood

Women's Health

How Female VCs Are Thinking About Women’s Healthcare

Research shows women raise less than half the capital of male founders on average, which doesn’t bode well for an industry where 80 percent of founders identify as women.

By Ellen Sheng

Women's Health

Transforming How America Treats Chronic Disease

Through her growing tele-health platform, Parsley Health founder Robin Berzin is making holistic healthcare more accessible across the country.

By Lauren Fisher

Women's Health

Betting Big on Women’s Healthcare: Four Trends to Watch

From predictive AI solutions and unique DNA profiles to customized medical solutions, these are the women-led healthcare companies of tomorrow.

By Monica Karpinski