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On Women's Day, IIT students launch roll-on that promises to relieve period pain

Archit Agarwal and Harry Sehrawat, third year students and Co-founders of IIT-D incubated startup Sanfe , have launched a roll-on that alleviates menstrual cramps.

Debolina Biswas
9th Mar 2019
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[Disclaimer: An IIT Delhi spokesperson confirmed to YourStory that it appeared Sanfe's claims of its product (roll-on to relieve period pain) being approved by the US Food and Drug Administration could be inaccurate, and that the institution has initiated an inquiry into the same. In keeping with this, the story has been updated to remove the said claims.]


IIT-Delhi incubated startup Sanfe on Friday launched an offering that promises to make women's lives easier every month: a roll-on to relieve period pain. Launched on International Women's Day, the Sanfe Period Pain Roll-on will allieviate menstrual cramps and ease mood swings.


The essential oil-based roll-on is naturally formulated and has been medically tested. Sanfe Period Pain Relief Roll-On, available in 10 ml bottles, costs Rs 10 for a single use.


Sanfe was co-founded by Archit Agarwal and Harry Sehrawat, third year BTech students at IIT-Delhi. The roll-on was developed by them with the help of their professor, Dr Srinivasan Venkataraman.


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Archit and Harry at the launch of the Sanfe Period Pain Roll-on on International Women's Day.


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"Women comprise 50 percent of our population and a significant portion of this population experiences pain and cramps during menstrual period. Therefore, this becomes an important problem to solve," said Srinivasan, a Professor of the Department of Design.

 

Archit and Harry previously launched Sanfe Stand & Pee on World Toilet Day, last year. The device enables women to stand and urinate, preventing Urinary Tract Infection (UTI) infections from unhygienic public washrooms.


Menstrual cramps often come in the way of women's daily routine and companies have been developing feminine products to fight this. Brands, including Peesafe and Sensur, have also launched roll-ons to ease menstrual cramps.


Archit and Harry's eureka moment was when one of their friends complained of not performing well in the semester exam, due to period pain.


"We realised that period pain forces over 40 percent of women to miss their daily routine. Motivated by this, we started working on a solution to relieve women from menstrual cramps," the duo said.

They spent seven months on Research & Development. "We don't want women to suffer because of a natural body function. We figured this problem and designed the roll-on," said Archit, a BTech Textile Technology student.

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