Menopausal symptoms can have a significant impact on daily life. Many women do experience mood swings during perimenopause. Happy highs that turn into teary-eyed lows. To Cheerful times followed by crabby days. It’s thought that these mood swings are related to the fluctuating levels of ovarian hormones during this transition to menopause. Plus, if a woman is not sleeping well due to night sweats caused by hot flashes at night, her mood would no doubt be affected too. Therefore, hormone fluctuations plus stress, body image, sexuality, infertility, aging, or a combination of these may cause emotional distress that may result in mood swings and in more severe cases, depression. Women suffering from depression report symptoms of prolonged tiredness, loss of interest in normal activities, weight loss, sadness, or irritability. Women who had severe Premenstrual syndrome in their younger years may have more severe mood swings during perimenopause. Also, women with a history of clinical depression seem to be particularly vulnerable to recurrent clinical depression during menopause. Whether suffering from a slight case of the blues to something more severe, no one should suffer from mood swings in silence! Further, many peri- and post-menopausal women report sleep concerns, depression, and hot flashes, and these factors may contribute to cognitive decline. Cognitive decline (memory loss) is a frequent complaint during the menopause transition and among postmenopausal women. Many perimenopausal women report difficulty concentrating or short-term memory problems. These difficulties often frighten women, who may think they have early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. While this is rarely the case, studies suggest that remaining physically, socially, and mentally active may help prevent memory loss.
Cognitive decline (memory loss) is a frequent complaint during the menopause transition and among postmenopausal women. Many perimenopausal women report difficulty concentrating or short-term memory problems. These difficulties often frighten women, who may think they have early symptoms of Alzheimer's disease. While this is rarely the case, studies suggest that remaining physically, socially, and mentally active may help prevent memory loss.
Traditional outpatient counseling and medical care involve scheduling an appointment once or twice per week to meet with a therapist for a 50-minute session. To make an appointment, you need to find a time in a therapist's schedule that suits your schedule. To attend your scheduled sessions consistently, you may have to ask for time off at work or school or make other arrangements (such as for childcare). You also need to factor in the time it takes you to commute to and from an office, which will vary depending on how close counseling resources are to where you live.
As much as humans are wired for connection and can recognize the benefits of personal counseling and therapy for treating menopause-related symptoms like depression and memory loss, obstacles can prevent people from getting the help they need. The stigma attached to menopause and its treatment has lessened to a degree but is still present in society. The influence of depression stigma can make it harder for people to feel empowered and safe in seeking treatment.Solution:MENO-me
MENO-me is an AI-powered social and self-care mobile app for both android and iOS users to help women manage mood swings and other symptoms during perimenopause and menopause.
Firstly, the app prompts you to take a selfie. It then uses facial detection and semantic analysis to interpret your moods. Based on your moods, it directs you to ‘Purity’, our emotionally intelligent assistant.
Purity has been created on the principles of CBT (Cognitive behavior therapy) to help users challenge and change their unhelpful thoughts and behaviors ideally leading to improved mood and decision making. She incorporates dialectical behavioral therapy (DBT), meditation practices, and motivational interviewing into chats. Furthermore, she is designed to offer convenient care to those struggling with depression from menopause symptoms by mimicking human conversation, offering self-help related guidance and companionship to its users. Purity can share with you your information and resources such as photos and game suggestions based on what she thinks you are needing at that time. She can even suggest memory games to help evaluate and train the user’s memory to control cognitive decline.
As you continue to chat with her, she collects data through natural language processing (NLP) and uses this information to get to know you better. The collected information allows her to more accurately detect and meet your emotional needs at a given time, offering personalized resources, self-help guidance, information, and support related to your concerns.
Purity also has the capability of answering any questions based on facts to curb myths, misconceptions, and misinformation related to perimenopause and menopause.
MENO-me also has a supportive community of women who share and help each other with all the issues associated with perimenopause and menopause. Advise and learn in our discussion boards where you can create and join groups and connect with other users to discuss whatever may be on your mind.
Other services offered by the app include:
- users can track symptoms, meals, mood, sleep, exercise, and record.
- hot flash tracker where you can record the length of the hot flash and the intensity of the flash.
- Report triggers: Users can attribute triggers to the flash, which makes it easier to identify triggers and monitor trends.
- It also provides the tip of the day section where users get daily tips from experts.
- A supportive community of women who share and help each other with all the issues associated with perimenopause. Advise and learn in our discussion boards where you can create and join groups and connect with other users to discuss whatever may be on your mind.
Get quality videos and images of the demo attached here.Road Map
By the end of 2020,
1. Add a calendar for users to track their symptoms in real-time.
2. Improve training Purity so that she can send you alerts and reminders to make sure you do not forget your key activities. This will be made possible by synchronizing your personal calendar and that of this app.
3. Give Purity access to your storage so that she can also share with you some of your memorable pictures and videos when chatting.
4. Improve on UI/UX
5. Alpha 1 testing