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From period poverty to menopause, women's health issues have historically been sidelined by the medical industry. Ahead of International Women's Day, we take a look at some of Asia's femtech startups that are addressing women's unmet health care needs.    © Illustration by Tania Vicedo
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Asia's femtech revolution: the quest for better women's health

Underserved by mainstream health care, women from India to Japan turn to technology

ALICE FRENCH, KIRAN SHARMA, FRANCESCA REGALADO and LIEN HOANG, Nikkei staff writers | South Asia

TOKYO -- International Women's Day marks 67 days since the beginning of 2022. That is seven days more than the average number of school days a girl in Laos misses every year due to period poverty.

Period poverty -- inadequate access to menstrual hygiene tools and education -- is estimated to affect as many as 1 in 10 menstruating girls and women worldwide, according to a report by the United Nations.

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