How might we encourage women to test their intimate health more frequently?
Self-test for Cervical Cancer
Finding time in the busy lives is quite challenging. Especially for women who have to work as well as taking care of their children. Yet intimate health is very important to avoid undetected diseases like cervical cancer. Therefore Blossom is designed to take your pap smear sample at home, whenever you find the time. It protects your privacy and offers you a simple and user friendly interaction to experience a less nerve-stretching examination.
Umeå Institute of Design // Strategic Design // Medical Design // 8 weeks // Single project // Collaboration with Philips Healthcare
You have more than 1 advantage:
+schedule your "appointment"
+less stressful environment
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EXAMINATION PROCESS >
In many cases, it takes up to weeks or months until women get the appointment to get examined due to high demand. Yet nowadays, women aren't so flexible with their busy time schedules.
To get a feeling for the necessity of the project, I interviewed women about their visits at the gynecologist and their experience.
Examination - emotions
Most women tend to skip half-yearly examinations due to busy schedules and waiting times (especially on the countryside). The examination is made with a so-called speculum. With it, the gynecologist spreads the vaginal canal open to be able to insert the cervix brush for taking the cell samples.
Concept: home testing device
DEFINING SHAPE // ERGONOMICS
For testing which shape would be ideal to hold an press a button in the laying position, I made testing models out of clay. Each of them got re-evaluated over a longer process, which defined the final shape of the device.
Starter kit containts: sample brush (detachable), Blossom testing device, instructions
Press the button to activate blossom after the insertion.
Smooth sound and vibration feedback tell you when you are done with the examination.