If knowing when is it time to change a tampon has become a burden, then the my.Flow tampon is the perfect answer.

It is a high-tech system that sends a notification through Bluetooth whenever the user of the tampon has become saturated.

My.Flow smart tampon
my.Flow smart tampon notifies the user when their tampon needs to be changed. Credit: Gizmodo

The my.Flow tampon uses a very long string that connects to the sensor attached to your underwear or waistband. It is also able to register data so it can predict when the user’s period is expected to start and its duration.

Taking period apps to the next level

Many appear to criticize my.Flow, as they regard that knowing when to change a tampon is trivial, as women are able to tell without needing a specialized gadget. What my.Flow CEO, Amanda Field, argues is that the device will let women stop worrying about leaks and being embarrassed about a normal physiological process.

The truth is that women are afflicted by menstruation in one way or another, as it is often accompanied by cramps and other effects. my.Flow aims to provide women with the best possible solution to menstrual inconveniences, as there is no other device that can accurately perform a personalized log of a woman’s period.

Doctors advice that a tampon should be changed after every eight hours or less, no matter the amount of flow that it has retained. If a tampon is left unchanged for too long it may lead to infection. my.Flow won’t allow this to happen, as it will notify the wearer through a smartphone, tablet or even smartwatch.

The process behind the development of my.Flow comes from surveying hundreds of women, as 4 out of 5 surveyed used tampons on their periods. It turns out that over half of the participants confessed having to buy a stain-removal product to deal with leakage on their period. Most of them assured that they would be willing to buy a product that contained my.Flow’s primary functions.

The startup has earned a significant amount of awards and the company is currently looking for funding. The smart tampon is expected to be released in 2017 and it will cost at least $50. It will also sport a 12mm coin cell battery.

You can view the official project page of my.Flow right here, signed under “team taboo.” Although the gadget is simple, the function it accomplishes manages to satiate a demand that is alive and kicking in the market. We may expect in the near future smart pads, or maybe even bladder monitors for those with severe contingency problems.

Source: MyFlow