What if there was a better way to manage menopause symptoms?

Project team
Jasdeep Kular, Olive Kennington, Ben Melvin, Jo Barnard
Project type
Morrama concept

The menopause affects over 50% of the population yet women are still suffering in silence.

Building on a three month research project into the Future of Women’s Health with a particular focus on the menopause we have designed Luma; our vision of the future of menopause management, combining data capture, AI and 3D printing technology. The foundation is an app that uses smartwatch and sensor data combined with manual inputs to build up a user’s profile as they go through the menopause. Machine learning takes data including temperature, energy levels, stress and sleep to prompt questions on cognitive and emotional wellbeing. Combined, this information is used to automatically tailor the balance of ingredients in the ‘magic compound’ that is 3D printed into pills and shipped out monthly.

The ingredients

The unique compound used in the monthly pills would include a combination of Black Cohosh for management of hot flashes, Lion’s Mane to reduce brain fog and Ginseng for increased libido. All three ingredients have been used in parts of the world for centuries as tried and tested methods of managing menopause symptoms. There would also be the option (where legal) of THC which mimics aspects of anandamide, an endocannabinoid that helps regulate body temperature. More can be read about this in our research piece into women’s health here.

3D printing means the ingredients can be tailored not just to the individual, but to the individual batch. It also makes for a completely automated process from data capture and ingredient tailoring through the use of AI through to production and distribution.

As with fertility or nutrition, every woman’s menopause experience is different. Luma uses machine learning to build up an understanding of each users symptoms and tailor the formula accordingly. 3D printing them into one simple ‘magic compound’ makes taking the ingredients easy to integrate into routine.

The packaging

As with all of our projects, there is a consideration for sustainability. Leveraging a new manufacturing method call dry-moulding the Luma pills would be packaged in a 100% biodegradable plastic-free blister pack. Made from cellulose, a renewable material collected from wood or bamboo, these pill packs would be delivered in a letterbox friendly shipper each month.

“With the recent 'menopause leave' trial rejected by ministers in England, it’s clear the women going through this experience have been one of the most neglected markets. Our Luma concept aims to support the wellbeing of those women and give them their power back.”

- Jo Barnard, Morrama founder and creative director

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The future of medicine

Whether it’s for treating the menopause or tailoring vitamin supplements, 3D printing and dosages tailored through data capture and AI/machine learning will inevitably be the next big jump in supplements and medication. Everybody is different, the way bodies respond to things is different and so being able to make doses bespoke to an individual is an exciting future.

For the purpose of the descriptions we have referred to the person going through the menopause as ‘woman’ and ‘female’. However, we acknowledge that that not all persons experiencing menopause will identify this way.

This concept is was formed by Morrama for the purpose of exploring ways that tech could support the wellbeing of those experiencing symptoms during the menopause that impact their quality of life. The IP is property of Morrama, however we would be more than happy to hand this over if we knew the products were going to be developed.

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