The Menopod is a discreet, digital cooling device that helps women put the kibosh on hot flashes. The device puts relief in the palm of their hands. Hallelujah!
Every day in North America, some 7,000 women start having hot flashes, joining 23 million other women who suffer from the condition annually. Being trapped in the hot flash heat myself, I am on the edge of my seat waiting to try the Menopod.
When we suffer menopausal vasomotor instability (hot flash), our surface blood vessels dilate causing a flush and sensation of heat. With the Menopod, we can reverse the process. Press the power button when the discomfort starts and place the device on the back of your neck. It’s copper cooling plates put 41 degrees F (5 degrees C) right where your thermoreceptors are most sensitive. The brain (for reasons unknown to me, even as a registered nurse) responds by vasoconstriction of surface vessels and blessed cooling of the flash. - Lynette Sheppard, registered nurse and the Menopause Goddess.
Small enough to carry in your purse or leave on your desk at work (it’s about the same size and shape as a computer mouse – a smaller version is due out in June), this hormone-free, digital health device could be the answer to women’s prayers, myself included (as well as everyone else around me who’s grown tired of watching me wipe the sweat off my burning hot face and rip the covers off 20 times a night).
Here’s a video that explains more about the Menopod and how it works.
The Menopod is the brainchild of Canadian couple Patricia and Steve Copeland of Barrie, Ont. He’s an industrial designer and she’s a professional presenter who grew tired of embarrassing, disruptive and debilitating hot flashes.
When ice cubes and cooling pillows weren’t cutting it, Ms. Copeland turned to her husband and asked him to design something to stop her flashes cold.
According to The Financial Post, the Copelands licensed the patent from a U.S. company that uses the technology to cool bicycle helmets. Then they turned to a manufacturer in China to produce the Menopod.
Their initial market research was done at menopause trade shows across North America while clinical trials were undertaken by top universities in Canada. They first introduced the product at the 2014 World Menopause Society Global Congress.
Initial feedback was so positive the Copelands decided to seek approval from the U.S. Food and Drug Administration as well as Health Canada to market the Menopod as a medical device.
Instead, after realizing how popular the device was becoming commercially, the couple decided to market the Menopod commercially, which meant they required no approval from the FDA or Health Canada.
I have been carrying the Menopod around with me for a couple of weeks, and it works like a charm. Sure, ice cubes or a bag of frozen peas might work too, but they are horribly inconvenient most times. And messy. And usually not instantly available. - Lynette Sheppard, registered nurse and the Menopause Goddess.
Beggers can be choosers
The Copelands recently appeared on the Dragon’s Den, the Canadian version of the Shark Tank, and accepted $400,000 in venture capital in exchange for 10% equity in their business to help market the Menopod.
Dragon Arlene Dickinson, who fits the Menopod demographic, was excited about the deal and even offered to endorse it once it hit stores. But the Copelands changed their mind and decided to go it alone, after a company restructure.
The Menopod received the Red Dot design award for Best of the Best Medical Devices in 2014.
The elegant, purist appearance of the Menopod reflects the aesthetic zeitgeist and makes the device an attractive companion for daily life. – Red Dot design award jury
My only question is...where do I sign up?
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