Women who are having a hard time getting pregnant might have a solution soon with the help of a fertility tracking bracelet. This is not like your fancy authentic stingray bracelets but a device with scientific functions. As of writing, clinical trials are being done by Ava, a medical technology company, together with University Hospital of Zurich located in Switzerland. They are hoping that this will answer some question on the efficacy of the gadget.
The trial is conducted with the help of 50 women participants suffering from irregular menstrual cycles. They are using the bracelet made by Ava which tracks their cycle. The trial also includes women that are diagnosed to have PCOS or polycystic ovary syndrome.
The bracelet is equipped with sensor technology as well as algorithms that have been tested on laboratories to determine the duration of time when the user is fertile.
According to the trial’s lead investigator and a reproductive endocrinology professor working at University of Zurich, Dr. Brigitte Leeners, said that the parameters measured by the bracelet is noninvasive. These are parameters concerning the hormonal cycle of a women and the device is designed to get the best measurement.
As of writing, there are already bracelets out in the market but it is only advisable for women with menstrual cycles lasting between 24 and 35 days.
New trials are to be conducted in order to develop bracelets that will be suitable for women whose menstrual cycles are not within the range.
Leeners said that their databank for normal cycles is very large thus they are employing an algorithm that is intended to achieve the same prediction quality they have in testing irregular cycles.
Ava is also conducting tests in order to determine if the bracelet can be used as a contraceptive device which is non-hormonal.
According to Ava, the bracelet should be worn by the women every night. The sensor technology of the device is gathering data from the skin temperature of the user, the pulse rate, sleeping patterns, breathing rate and movement among many others. This can be used alongside with fancy jewelries such as authentic stingray bracelets.