We have witnessed some of the most dramatic changes in terms of menstrual products, and just when we thought we’d seen it all, our guest today rocked our world and proved us wrong! If you’re not a fan of tampons and are still skeptical about menstrual cups, you’ll be thrilled to learn that there’s actually a perfect combination of these two, and it’s called Tulipon.
Our guest for today comes from Israel, and she has stories to tell. Hilla Shaviv is the founder and CEO of Gals Bio, a game-changing company in women’s health, specifically menstrual health and wellness. Hilla is a biomedical engineer with a background in cardiology, but her current focus is on improving women’s health by addressing their most underserved needs. Gals Bio is her second company, founded to create Tulipon, a vaginal platform that represents a completely new branch in women’s health and wellness. So, take a listen and find out how Tulipon can change your life for the better with our hosts, Rachel Braun Scherl and Dr. Dweck, and our guest, Hilla Shaviv!
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- Meeting Hilla Shaviv, a brave soldier in this menstrual fight.
- The origins of her project and the bumpy roads she had to travel.
- Which specific needs Tulipon is designed to address.
- Dr. Dweck explains the anatomy of menstrual cramps and why it is preferable to collect blood rather than absorb it.
- It appears that menstrual pain is caused by tissue rather than clots.
- Hilla introduces us to “the love child of a tampon and a menstrual cup” by emphasizing the benefits and drawbacks of various menstrual products.
- Tulipon is ideal for people with hectic schedules as it leaves you worry-free for up to 12 hours.
- How the risk of TSS (toxic shock syndrome) is minimized in the development of this product.
- Rachel asks the question we’ve all been waiting for: when will this product be available?
- By analyzing menstrual effluent, Gals Bio will be able to monitor and screen women’s health.
- As Hilla’s lovely metaphor goes, your vagina is a little purse you carry around with you that contains a wealth of information about your body and health.
- HOT FLASH: The global market for menstrual cups will approach $1 billion by 2026.
“You are another soldier in this menstrual fight.” (Rachel)
“I saw a menstrual cup and I said ‘Wow, this is a great idea.’ I couldn’t understand why it wasn’t more popular.” (Hilla)
“Our statistical correlation between tissue debris and higher viscosity to pain was 99.9%.” (Hilla)
“This was the need in front of my eyes and I like to call it ‘the love child of a tampon and a menstrual cup’.” (Hilla)
“What we find here, at least in my practice, is that there’s definitely a learning curve to putting in and removing a menstrual cup.” (Dr. Dweck)
“The number of times I went off an airplane and saw a blood stain on the woman in front of me, it happened many times and we want to eliminate that.” (Hilla)
“Thankfully, toxic shock has really fallen by the wayside with the change in the absorbency of materials, at least here in the US.” (Dr. Dweck)
“There are a few reported cases for menstrual cups and TSS, and they’re all associated with washing and sterilizing the cup after use.” (Hilla)
“Is there an opportunity to use the effluent for diagnoses? You have all this genetic biological material every month that we’re disposing of, if you will.” (Rachel)
“Another example I like to give in Hebrew is that the meaning of ‘vaginal cavity’ is ‘a little purse’. So we have this little purse in our body that goes with us everywhere, and it contains a lot of data regarding our body.” (Hilla)
LINKS FOR BUSINE$$ OF THE V:
Dr. Alyssa Dweck: https://drdweck.com
Rachel Braun Scherl: www.sparksolutionsforgrowth.com/about-rachel-braun-scherl/