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Index Fund’s portfolio is driving long-overdue innovation in femcare

Index Fund’s portfolio is driving long-overdue innovation in femcare

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U.K. startup Daye is rethinking female intimate care from a womans perspective, starting with a tampon infused with cannabidiol that tackles period pain.

Its also quietly demolishing the retrograde approach to product design that women are still subjected to in the mass market “femcare” space an anti-philosophy that not only peddles stale and sexist stereotypes, but also can harm womens bodies.

Those perfumed sanitary pads stinking out the supermarket shelf? Whomever came up with that idea has obviously never experienced thrush or bacterial vaginosis. Nor spoken to a health professional who could have told them vaginal infections can be triggered by perfumed products.

The missing link: There are few people with a vagina in positions leading product strategy. And thats the disruptive opportunity female-led femcare businesses like Daye are closing in on.

The Index Ventures-backed startup is shaking up a tired category by selling the flip-side: thoughtfully designed products for period care that first do no harm and second take aim at actual problems women have starting with dysmenorrhea. The overarching strand is building community to help women better understand whats going on with their bodies and reinforce shifting product expectations in the process.

We chatted with Index principal Hannah Seal about the funds investment in Daye, and to get her thoughts more broadly on a new generation of female-focused startups that are driving long-overdue innovation.

The interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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