The future of fertility monitoring could be as easy as sliding a monitor under your bed. At CES contact free health monitoring company EarlySense released its latest product Percept, an under-mattress, clinically-proven fertility monitor that tracks the users’ dates of ovulation, fertility window and period by monitoring physiological signals like heart rate and breathing patterns.
“The beauty of it is it fits under your mattress and it connects with your phone app. By tracking heart rate and respiratory rate it is able to actually predict fertility windows,” Karissa Price, chief operations officer at EarlySense told MobiHealthNews. “It has been clinically studied for several years and it is the first contact free fertility monitor.”
The product uses AI and machine learning to learn a woman’s body and specific patterns. It takes three months for Percept to accurately learn a person’s patterns. After that period it promises to accurately detect when a user is most fertile. Price said that studies have shown the product is 30 percent more accurate in predicting a fertility window than the gold standard.
“With our prediction software you have six days [when you are most fertile] and you get them in advance. Then you can say 'Hey let's go to a romantic weekend in Santa Barbara' or what have you,” Price said.
EarlySense’s other systems are used in hospitals and nursing homes for real-time patient monitoring. It has also partnered with Samsung on a home use version. Like Percept, they use contactless sensors that slide under a patient’s bed and track vital signs.
In the future, EarlySense is looking at implementing the technology used for Percept into products for women going through perimenopause and menopause, according to Price.
Percept wasn’t the only fertility product on display at CES this year. Several new products used thermometers to keep track of the users most fertile days.
The Comper Smart Fertility Tracker predicts a user’s fertile widow using basal body temperature theory. The thermometer is linked to the Comper app, which shows users how to manage their menstrual cycle and shows them when they are ovulating.
Others products launched at CES used a combination of urine samples and hormone level algorithms.
Eveline Smart Fertility System uses the front-facing smartphone camera and light to measure changes in color of ovulation test strips and analyzed with the proprietary algorithm. The system comes with LH test test strips, which are automatically recorded to the smartphone without manually transferring results. These results can be sent to partners.
Finally, the Mira Fertility system is an ovulation monitoring system that connects with a mobile app. It includes a test strip to sample urine at home and can read the fertility hormone level and sync the data to an app which analyzes and displays the data to track the health cycle.