Wearables and apps for the management of menopause

Alan Godfrey*

*Corresponding author for this work

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Introduction: The menopause transition is disruptive, potentially lasting for a decade or more and causing symptoms such as vasomotor (e.g., hot flushes), psychological and urogenital [1]. Non-hormonal management of symptoms exist (e.g., lifestyle modifications) but evidence of effectiveness is inconclusive [2]. Digital technologies may aid management by deploying personalized devices that capture objective intrinsic data to meet individual needs [3] while simultaneously aiding healthcare practitioners deliver personalized and well informed care [4]. Management with digital technologies may have a positive impact generally but focus here is in the workplace.

Background: Symptoms and their interpretations should be expanded to include environmental contexts [5] by considering extrinsic factors [6]. Within the workplace, extrinsic factors worth monitoring (from current recommendations) include e.g.,
temperature and ventilation and

work locations and work patterns [7].

Pilot work investigated temperature perceptions and reported those at perimenopausal age felt significantly warmer with reduced levels of thermal environmental acceptability [8]. Workplace implications include deliberate climatic zoning to accommodate thermal preferences of perimenopausal and postmenopausal women. Tools for implementation suggest a contemporary and multi-modal digital approach.

Approaches: Attainable technologies and methodologies exist to achieve scalable multi-modal sensing which could be applied to symptom management. For example, recent work has devised an approach to fuse data from
a common wrist worn wearable,

an individualised environmental monitoring device and

voice-based environmental perceptions via Amazon Alexa and a web-based app [9].

The ubiquitous nature of wearables and web apps for integration to other peripheral technologies may enable routine capture of qualitative and quantitative data to aid symptom management and optimal work-based environments.

Future directions: Digital technologies (wearables and apps) may better support those with problematic vasomotor symptoms at work, as well as address working environment issues [10]. Investigations examining the impact of workplace changes and tailored interventions as assessed with multi-modal digital technologies are needed.


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6.Carpenter. 2011

7.Rees. 2021

8.Xiong. 2022

9.Coulby. 2022

10.Hardy. 2018.
Original languageEnglish
Article number89
Pages (from-to)69-70
Number of pages2
Early online date7 Jun 2023
Publication statusPublished - 1 Jul 2023
EventThe 14th European Congress on Menopause and Andropause: EMAS 2023 - Florence, Italy
Duration: 3 May 20235 May 2023

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