Medical Googling Is Not Enough

Google is a great resource for learning about one’s health.  If you feel symptoms or are concerned about something specific it’s really easy to type your symptoms into Google and read about what might cause them.

Here at Droplet we did an analysis of women’s health searches to get a pulse on what’s top of mind for women regarding their own health:

Here are the some examples:

Search Category Sample Searches People searching/month (USA English only)
Diabetes type 2 diabetes symptoms, type 2 diabetes causes ~200k
Yeast Infection how to get rid of candida, how to treat a yeast infection from home ~100k
Bacterial Vaginosis (BV) how to treat BV over the counter, natural cure for BV ~100k
HPV hpv symptoms in women, how can you get hpv ~100k

While Google is a great tool for helping manage one’s own health, this approach has one very serious problem –

These very common diseases are often asymptomatic.  People can feel just fine but have high blood sugar, or some infectious disease.

It’s only later that symptoms develop, and at that point it can hard to treat, or serious damage can have already happened.

Here at Droplet, we have seen this happen many times, people care about diabetes when the develop full blown symptoms, or start to think about their yeast infection when it acts up.

We believe that self screening can be a great compliment to medical Googling and can help people lead healthier lives.  There are a few basic screens that can help you manage your health.

    1. Assess your diabetes risk, take a Hemoglobin A1c screening.
    2. Know your blood pressure and keep it in a healthy range (90/60 to 120/80)
    3. Assess your vaginal health by testing for candida (yeast), bacterial vaginosis, trichomonas vaginalis (top causes for vaginitis)
    4. Know your (infectious) disease status – chlamydia, gonorrhea, syphilis, HIV, hepatitis C
    5. Get a read on hormone levels, particularly the thyroid (TSH) and make sure it is in the normal range (0.45 – 4.5 uIU/mL) – hyperthyroid and hypothyroid are very common
    6. Keep stress levels in check

Knowledge is power!