Birth control is used as an effective means of preventing unwanted pregnancy. However, it is not a one-size-fits-all solution, and one needs to be mindful of the side effects specific to each individual. Both patients and doctors alike need to consider these side effects and risks before deciding about their consistent usage.
Recent research shows that the benefits of birth control may come at a price, as many women report feeling depressed or anxious after starting their birth control regimen. These adverse mental health outcomes can have lasting implications on personal relationships and emotional well-being.
This is where Pandia Health comes in. Led by Dr. Sophia Yen, the Co-founder and CEO, the company’s mission is to make women’s lives easier by bringing birth control to women wherever they have internet and a mailbox.
The expert birth control doctors who work with Pandia specialize in women’s health and have a passion for providing affordable and convenient birth control services to its patients.
In the following interview, Dr. Sophia shares insights into the company’s journey, how she and her team of experts are changing the women’s health space for the better, and her vision for the company’s future.
Would you please brief our audience about your company, its mission, and the key aspects of its stronghold within the women’s health solutions niche?
Pandia Health was founded by women, for women. We’re here to make women’s lives better by bringing expert, evidence-based healthcare and prescription medications to women wherever you have internet and a mailbox.
As the ONLY Women-Founded, Women-Led, Doctor-Led company in birth control delivery, we are building the Online Health Brand Women Trust, starting with birth control but soon adding acne, menopause, and more.
Tell us more about the solutions that give your company a distinctive edge to stand out from the competition?
As the ONLY Academic Doctor-Led company in the field, we provide treatment backed by evidence and science. Our doctors are focused on women’s health. Our CEO has written 2000 birth control prescriptions in 2 years, looking at the side effects by ethnicity and BMI (body mass index) and tailoring our recommendations to result in the least amount of side effects for each customer. It’s personal for us, and we founded this to make women’s lives better.
As a seasoned business leader, what is your opinion on the effects of the pandemic on the healthcare sector, and what were the challenges that your company came across?
COVID has been a tailwind for Pandia Health. It has speeded up the adoption and acceptance of telemedicine and increased the demand for medication delivery. #SkipTheTrip to the pharmacy, where there are long lines and the risk of infection!
With continuous development in technologies such as AI and ML, what is your prediction about the future of the women’s health solutions niche?
Women’s Health is not a niche. Women’s Health is 51% of the population. It’s not going away. It’s here to stay. With ML, there is a lot we can do to personalize healthcare. However, we need to make sure we train it by race/ethnicity or at least make sure our samples are diverse.
What would be your advice to the entrepreneurs and healthcare enthusiasts aspiring to venture into the women’s health solutions market?
- Make sure you have a doctor involved.
- Do no harm. Don’t push a product that is not backed by science or else that could harm you.
How do you envision scaling your company’s operations and offerings in 2021?
Pandia Health is excited to launch acne in August and Menopause by the end of the year. We will provide prescription-strength acne treatment and evidence-based medication treatment of menopause. We will expand our Menopause offerings to include nutrition, support groups, and more in 2022.
About the Leader
Sophia Yen, M.D. MPH is the CEO and Co-Founder of Pandia Health. She graduated from MIT, UCSF Medical School, and UC Berkeley’s MPH program.
Sophia’s latest health campaign is to educate the public about #periodsOptional. Anyone with a uterus does not have to bleed each month. This will decrease cancer, decrease landfills, and increase women’s participation in school and work.