»Menstrual problems are a taboo subject« | TIME ONLINE

ONLINE TIME: Recently, you have also suggested to women with severe menstrual pain to request an AU leaflet online. How did you get this idea?

Ansay: My mother is a gynecologist and I said: Ten percent of women suffer from particularly severe menstrual pain, but only three percent suffer from it. Menstrual problems are a taboo subject and are not accepted as a cause of illness in society. It's different in other countries like Japan and should change here too. We had imagined that the public interest for this topic would be much larger.

ONLINE TIME: They look disappointed. What exactly?

Ansay: We have about 15 sick days per working day because of menstrual pain, but the potential is much greater. We had hoped to start a discussion in society with our new ministry. It may take time for the subject to become public and for women to understand that they do not have to torture themselves to go to work when they do not feel well.

ONLINE TIME: How do you want to do that? By working with gynecologists?

Ansay: No, we do not work with doctors. But we want to cooperate, for example, with Internet platforms of opinion specialized in women's health. This is how we reach our cause.

ONLINE TIME: His mother is the medical director of the new division. She signs the AU certificates for menstrual pain?

Ansay: Yes exactly. She had a private gynecological practice in Hamburg, focused on natural healing. Now she is working with us and has, for example, co-developed the digital checklist for diagnosis. With the exception of questions, the process of sick leave for menstrual pain is identical to that of colds.

ONLINE TIME: What are you still counting?

Ansay: Of course, we look at the diseases that we can treat with our service, but we also want to do more in terms of prevention, so that people do not even get sick.

ONLINE TIME: Do not you hurt when fewer people are sick

Ansay: We do not care to sell as many tickets as possible. We want to do something for society and promote digitization in this country. Of course, we are a business and we think economically, but we do not care about getting rich.

ONLINE TIME: Do you not fear that it would be imprudent to diagnose people who are obviously ill without a doctor examining them?

Ansay: We focus on common, safe diseases, which mostly disappear within a few days, are known to patients and are very well identifiable through digital checklists. Until now, no erroneous diagnosis has been reported.

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