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New DuoFertility System

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, November 16, 2007 | 0 comments

DuoFertility is a patent-pending, non-hormonal and minimally invasive passive medical device that allows women to accurately identify ovulation cycles, without daily observation.

Picture of our prototype devices and coins - click for a larger picture Our current prototype devices are about the size of a US dime, 1 Euro cent, or a UK 5 pence piece.

Unlike other ovulation prediction kits, with the DuoFertility system there is no need to:

* Maintain consistent sleeping and waking patterns
(i.e. for example, shift work)
* Wake early each morning (e.g. 4am) to take your temperature, or
* Collect your first urine sample of each morning to measure it, and
* Have your measuring and recording equipment with you every morning
(which can be a problem if you travel)

We believe that by eliminating these constraints placed on women by existing methods, the reliability of ovulation detection will be greatly improved.

How it works...

The DuoFertility system consists of a stick-on patch, about 3cm in diameter, which is worn discreetly under the arm. This patch contains a coin-sized circuit that automatically measures and records your body temperature every 10 minutes. When you want to know if you are fertile, you use the hand-held reader, which is about the size of a make-up compact, to read out the temperature data and analyse it, in about 30 seconds. It then tells you whether or not you have ovulated. You consult the reader at your convenience - there is no need to have it with you all the time, and you don't need to do it at any particular time of the day or week.

We have developed and tested our first prototype patches on ourselves with positive results. We are now building test units, which we aim to place with women already trying to conceive. We are always very pleased to hear from women who are interested in what we are trying to do, and if you are interested in being a
trialist please fill in our pre-trial questionnaire.

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About Catherine: I am mom to three grown sons, two grandchildren and two rescue dogs. After years of raising my boys as a single mom, I remarried a wonderful man who had never had a child of his own. Unexpectedly, I found myself pregnant at 49!
Sadly we lost that precious baby at 8 weeks, and decided to try again. Five more losses, turned down for donor egg, foster care and adoption due to my age and losses - we have accepted that there will be no more babies in our house.

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