“Full Disclosure” – Zero Judgement Coverage of Issues That Matter Most to Women and Their Bodies to Support the Launch of ANNOVERA Birth Control
SAN FRANCISCO & BOCA RATON, Fla.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–POPSUGAR, the #1 most engaged-with Women’s Lifestyle site in the U.S., together with TherapeuticsMD Inc. (NASDAQ: TXMD), launched its new women’s health destination, “Full Disclosure,” utilizing POPSUGAR’s expertise in educational, informative, and approachable health content to promote ANNOVERA® (segesterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol vaginal system), a first of its kind annual vaginal birth control ring. ANNOVERA is the only FDA-approved long-lasting birth control method that does not require a medical procedure.
TherapeuticsMD and POPSUGAR share a like-minded desire to offer a safe space for conversation with relatable doctors and experts on all things women’s health with no subjects off limits. With no judgments, shame, or euphemisms, readers can get the tips and information they need to stay informed about topics related to their health. This new editorial endeavor will include features, expert advice, a new podcast, and personal essays around subjects like fertility, sex, pregnancy and more, to reflect the full women’s health spectrum.
“POPSUGAR’s audience is 192 times more engaged with women’s health and wellness topics overall and advertising is up 40% in the pharmaceutical category,” said POPSUGAR’S General Manager, Angelica Marden. “Health and wellness are a category we and our sister brands across the Group Nine Media portfolio continue to see massive growth in during the coronavirus crisis as people prioritize self-care. We are uniquely positioned to offer advertisers more opportunities to partner alongside our most well frequented accessible health content and are proud to create it for our audience.”
“The U.S. contraceptive market has shifted to longer acting solutions and we believe ANNOVERA represents an exciting option for women as it is the only long-lasting birth control that doesn’t require a medical procedure, empowering women to be in control of both their fertility and menstruation,” said Dr. Brian Bernick, Co-Founder and Chief Scientific Officer of TherapeuticsMD. “We wanted to work with POPSUGAR because of how engaged their readers are with health and wellness so we could speak directly to women about the power of discussing health and options in an open and judgement free space.”
“Full Disclosure” will extend to audio-first storytelling with a new, body-positive podcast hosted by comedian and activist Franchesca Ramsey. In it, she will speak to different relatable female experts, including two OBGYNs and a sexologist, as they answer women’s health questions surrounding topics of all types, including fertility, sex, pregnancy and pleasure in an unapologetic manner. ANNOVERA will surround this empowering conversation with branded messaging driving awareness of ANNOVERA.
ANNOVERA is a progestin/estrogen combination hormonal contraceptive indicated for use by females of reproductive potential to prevent pregnancy.
Limitation of Use: ANNOVERA has not been adequately studied in females with a body mass index of >29 kg/m2.
IMPORTANT SAFETY INFORMATION
ANNOVERA (segesterone acetate and ethinyl estradiol vaginal system) is contraindicated and should not be used in women with a high risk of arterial or venous thrombotic diseases; current or history of breast cancer or other estrogen- or progestin-sensitive cancer; liver tumors, acute hepatitis, or severe (decompensated) cirrhosis; undiagnosed abnormal uterine bleeding; hypersensitivity to any of the components of ANNOVERA; and use of Hepatitis C drug combinations containing ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir, with or without dasabuvir.
WARNINGS AND PRECAUTIONS
- Stop ANNOVERA if a thrombotic or thromboembolic event occurs, and at least 4 weeks before and through 2 weeks after major surgery. Start ANNOVERA no earlier than 4 weeks after delivery, in females who are not breastfeeding. Consider cardiovascular risk factors before initiating in all females, particularly those over 35 years.
- Discontinue if jaundice occurs.
- Stop ANNOVERA prior to starting therapy with the combination drug regimen ombitasvir/paritaprevir/ritonavir. ANNOVERA can be restarted 2 weeks following completion of this regimen.
- Do not prescribe ANNOVERA for females with uncontrolled hypertension or hypertension with vascular disease. Monitor blood pressure and stop use if blood pressure rises significantly in females with well-controlled hypertension.
- Monitor glucose in pre-diabetic or diabetic females taking ANNOVERA. Consider an alternate contraceptive method for females with uncontrolled dyslipidemias.
- Patients using ANNOVERA who have a significant change in headaches or irregular bleeding or amenorrhea should be evaluated. ANNOVERA should be discontinued if indicated.
- Other warnings include: gallbladder disease; depression; cervical cancer; increased serum concentrations of binding globulins; hereditary angioedema; chloasma (females who tend to develop chloasma should avoid exposure to the sun or UV radiation while using ANNOVERA); toxic shock syndrome (TSS) (if a patient exhibits symptoms of TSS, remove ANNOVERA, and initiate appropriate medical treatment); vaginal use (ANNOVERA may not be suitable for females with conditions that make the vagina more susceptible to vaginal irritation or ulceration).
The most common adverse reactions reported in at least 5% of women who received ANNOVERA were: headache/migraine, nausea/vomiting, vulvovaginal mycotic infection/candidiasis, lower/upper abdominal pain, dysmenorrhea, vaginal discharge, urinary tract infection, breast pain/tenderness/discomfort, bleeding irregularities including metrorrhagia, diarrhea, and genital pruritus.
Drugs or herbal products that induce certain enzymes, including CYP3A4, may decrease the effectiveness of ANNOVERA or increase breakthrough bleeding. Counsel patients to use a back-up or alternative method of contraception when enzyme inducers are used with ANNOVERA.
Please note that this information is not comprehensive. For Full Prescribing Information, including BOXED WARNING, please visit annovera.com/pi.pdf.
POPSUGAR is the #1 most engaged-with Women’s Lifestyle site in the U.S. according to Comscore [Comscore, February 2020]. The company reaches young women through its positive and purpose-driven content across multiple platforms, spanning entertainment, fashion, beauty, fitness, parenting, and more. POPSUGAR reaches 1 in 2 Millennial women in the United States and leads all women’s lifestyle publishers in user engagement [Comscore & Platform Analytics, 2019]. In November 2019, POPSUGAR joined Group Nine Media, the #1 video publisher on mobile in the U.S., and home to The Dodo, NowThis, Thrillist and Seeker. [Nielsen DCR, June 2020].
TherapeuticsMD, Inc. is an innovative, leading healthcare company, focused on developing and commercializing novel products exclusively for women. Our products are designed to address the unique changes and challenges women experience through the various stages of their lives with a therapeutic focus in family planning, reproductive health, and menopause management. The Company is committed to advancing the health of women and championing awareness of their healthcare issues. To learn more about TherapeuticsMD, please visit www.therapeuticsmd.com or follow us on Twitter: @TherapeuticsMD and on Facebook: TherapeuticsMD.
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Stacey Richman, POPSUGAR
Vice President, Investor Relations
561-961-1900, ext. 2088