Here at South Avenue Women’s Services, we’re dedicated to ensuring that the women in the Rochester area receive the healthcare they need and deserve. Today, we’d like to tell you about a new app called Flutter which can help women perform a self-screening for a serious disease called endometriosis, and seek proper treatment.
Endometriosis is a disease that occurs when the tissue that is typically found on the inside lining of the uterus is also found on the outside of the uterus – on the ovaries, fallopian tubes or other areas. The tissue develops into growths or cysts that respond to the same cycle as the typical menstrual system; it builds up, breaks down and sheds once per month. But unlike the lining on the inside of the uterus, it has no way of leaving the body safely, so it stays there. This disease affects over 6 million women in the US, and can be extremely painful, and cause infertility and scar tissue formation.
Unfortunately, endometriosis is very difficult to diagnose.
In some cases, it can take up to ten years for a woman to be correctly diagnosed with endometriosis and receive proper treatment. Flutter aims to drastically shorten that wait time. By tracking your periods, pain levels, type of pain, mood swings and other symptoms, it can help you determine whether you might be suffering from this disease. When it comes time to see your physician, all you need to do is tap “export,” and all of the data you’ve collected will be saved to a PDF for your doctor to view during your visit.
According to Endometriosis News, app developer Kristy Curry wants Flutter to make women to feel “empowered, proactive, and most of all, supportive.” She hopes that the long years of painful periods and guesswork will be a thing of the past for sufferers of this disease.
For more information on Flutter, check out Kristy’s story. If you suffer from painful periods, download the Flutter app to track your symptoms and talk to your regular OBGYN, or make an appointment right here at the South Avenue Women’s Services today.