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New Fertility Monitor Helps Women Conceive

Katlyn Joy |21, April 2014


It has been the practice for a woman trying to conceive to keep careful records of her monthly cycles, especially by keeping a log of her basal body temperature — the temperature of a 24 hour period where her temperature is lowest. To find that temperature, women are instructed to take the temp at the same time each morning before rising from bed.

This can be easier said than done as plenty of us have schedules that change frequently. A new solution exists with technology to simplify the process. The device is a wearable sensor called Tempdrop which finds and records the basal body temperature for you, even if you are sleeping. It can be worn on an armband or directly on the skin so you need not be awake or alert for the device to work. Actually, the average time for taking basal body temperature is about two hours before waking.

The device is not merely a temperature sensor. It also has a three-axis accelerometer so you can monitor your sleep quality. The makers of Tempdrop claim it has a more sensitive and accurate thermometer than fitness models. It doesn't rely merely on skin temperature. This is important as determining ovulation requires minute observations of changes in body temperature, between .2 to .5 degrees Celsius.

Two other similar devices are available to users, Duofertility and Raiing. Duofertility is paired with an online service while Raiing is a thermometer which is wireless. Both are priced significantly higher than Tempdrop.

Tempdrop doesn't have its own app, but is instead designed to be used with other fertility apps such as OvuView, Kindara, Menstrual Calendar, LadyTimer and My Days, among others. Pre-orders are being taken, and funding is being raised via Indigogo. Should necessary funds be raised as planned, orders should be ready to be shipped by October of 2014.

Since apps like Kindara and OvuView are apps to chart fertility according to various methods, plugging in the Tempdrop to those programs should lead to easier compilation of data that will help a woman know her body and when to time sex in order to give her the best odds for achieving pregnancy.

The Mayo Clinic explains, "The basal body temperature method is a type of natural family planning, also called fertility awareness based methods." When a woman is ovulating, her basal body temperature will dip around .2 degrees, with the most fertile time occurring days before and up to the noticed temperature spike. This allows women to predict in the following months when ovulation will occur and make plans accordingly in order to conceive a baby.

However, others may find recording their temperature as a valuable tool to prevent pregnancy as well. While not 100%, if a woman knows when her most fertile days are, she can abstain from having sex to avoid conceiving.

With all the new devices and mobile fertility apps that are now available, more and more couples are finding it easier to conceive. The data provided to them is very valuable, and provides them with the information to make their dreams of starting a family a reality.

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brenda kamps May 22, 2014 08:22:57 AM ET

In the month of March and April my periods were not normal. I only had it for two days instead of 4, and had little flow of menstrual blood. What could be the problem?

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