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Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Conquering Infertility with Wearable Technology

Starting a family is not always a straightforward affair. One in eight couples will struggle to get pregnant or carry a pregnancy to full term. Causes of infertility are varied, ranging from genetics to physiological problems such as polycystic ovaries, blocked tubes and hormone imbalance. When women with infertility problems seek medical help, a major aspect of treatment involves keeping track of basal body temperature every day, in order to accurately predict ovulation.
In recent years, more and more women are abandoning the inconvenience of waking up early every morning to use the traditional thermometer in favour of temperature sensors; modern wearable technology that gives women the kind of information that might be difficult to get from health providers.



One helpful wearable technology that is making strides in this respect is DuoFertility, a sensor that is worn on the skin under the arm. The sensor monitors and records very small changes in body temperature, allowing the woman to accurately pinpoint the major stages of her cycle such as ovulation. The data is then transmitted to a receiver, which can be connected to a computer for download. Apart from its accuracy, this sensor takes away the inconvenience of having to take basal body temperature with a thermometer every single morning.

OvaPal is a similar temperature sensor worn as a patch on the skin. The patch collects data at optimal times each day and transmits it to a compatible mobile app. The app processes this data to create personalised information for the woman, such as the range of fertile days and ovulation.
Tempdrop can be worn with an armband, and it records a woman’s body temperature cycle throughout the night and then calculates a standardized value to make it possible to pinpoint ovulation. The data that is collected can be used with a range of fertility apps such as OvuView and LadyTimer.
Raiing is a compact sensor that is worn under the armpit to monitor basal body temperature. Its dedicated app uses algorithms to analyse the collected data and keep track of other aspects crucial for conception such as sleep quality and general state of health.
Going by the reports and reviews that these sensors get, this technology helps women understand, and take better charge of their bodies and fertility. The chances of a successful conception may be improved considerably by their use.


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