Everything You Need To Know About The New Endometriosis App, CHARLI

The ground-breaking app uses artificial intelligence.
An endometriosis app will help women get diagnosed.Getty

A ground-breaking new reproductive health app may help Australian women fast track the diagnosis and access to the treatment of conditions like Endometriosis.

The CHARLI app, which has been developed by Endometriosis Australia, uses AI technology to track abnormal menstruation symptoms and connect users with the right healthcare professionals.

The app is expected to particularly help women in regional and rural areas, who may not have access to specialist medical services and struggle to receive an diagnosis for a reproductive health condition.

Considering that it takes an average of 6.5 years to be diagnosed with the condition, the technology is long overdue.

Below, we share everything you need to know about the the CHARLI app.

A new endometriosis app.
Nearly 1 million Australians live with endometriosis. (Credit: Getty)

What Is Endometriosis?

Endometriosis is an inflammatory condition that causes cells similar to the endometrium (the living of the uterus) to grow in other locations, such as the pelvis, reproductive organs, bowel, bladder and even the lungs or brain.

The condition can cause sufferers to experience a high level of pain and often lead to fertility issues.

The only way to diagnose the condition is to undergo laparoscopy and a biopsy—however, many women don’t get to this stage as their regular GP may dismiss their symptoms as regular period symptoms.

This is where the app comes in useful—by picking up any abnormal physical or pain symptoms that may point to a reproductive health condition and connecting users with the right health care services, sufferers are more likely to receive a diagnosis and access treatment.

How Is CHARLI Different To Other Period Tracking Apps?

Existing period apps, such as Flo and Clue, might be helpful for keeping a log of your cycle and perhaps even finding patterns in your symptoms but they aren’t designed to find reproductive health conditions.

CHARLI on the other hand, uses artificial technology to detect any unusual symptoms a user may have logged, and includes a virtual clinic that links users with real-world healthcare professionals through telehealth.

The app also provides uses with a range of reproductive and sexual health information including, webinars, evidence-based articles, while also offering lifestyle change suggestions based on specific symptoms, with a focus on polycystic ovary syndrome, premenstrual syndrome, premature ovarian failure, peri-menopause and infertility within the app.

How Much Does The CHARLI app cost?

The CHARLI App costs A$19.99 per year.

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