Welcome to the OvuSense family
One or more of your patients is possibly either using or will start to use OvuSense, a family of fertility monitoring products. OvuSense is a fully approved class II medical device, clinically proven in over 190,000 cycles of use, and a range of peer reviewed publications.
OvuSense® Pro is a reproductive cycle assessment system which is accessed through a secure web portal. It provides a continuous remote view of your patients’ fertility status from cycle to cycle. Our novel clinical research shows it helps by providing an understanding of the following key information:
- Why your patients may be struggling to conceive, by screening for the most common ovulatory issues
- Which of your patients may be at risk of pregnancy complications or miscarriage
- The best time in the cycle to carry out in-office tests such as blood progesterone and ultrasound scans
- Monitoring the effect of medications you prescribe, treatment and dietary changes
Take a look at OvuSense Pro in action in the section below.
How does OvuSense Pro work?
1 Get started
Whenever your patient uses the OvuSense App, their data are uploaded to the OvuSense encrypted database. They to share these data with you through their OvuSense App. To do this they need to carry out the following steps: tap on the Settings icon > 'Share your data' > enter your OB/GYN or specialist's email address > tap 'Send invitation'.
2 Login to OvuSense Pro
Ask us for a free subscription to OvuSense Pro by clicking here, then login to OvuSense Pro with your chosen email address, and start looking at your patient's data. You can access multiple patients in the Pro system. In this example the OvuSense user was 32 years old, trying to conceive 1-2 years prior to starting with OvuSense. During her first cycle of use a number of atypical cycle characteristics were identified, and although she ovulated it was late in the cycle.
3 Check your progress, and make changes with your OB/GYN or specialist's advice
The late ovulation repeated in cycle 2 and Letrozole was prescribed by her clinician at the start of the 3rd cycle.
4 Continue to monitor your medication or treatment
The Letrozole resulted in a much shorter follicular phase and ovulation nearer the middle of the month. OvuSense Pro successfully screens for cycle issues, provides actionable insights, and continued monitoring confirms (in this case) that treatment successfully restores ovulation.
What are the benefits of using OvuSense Pro?
Not only does OvuSense Pro help you and your patient understand their cycle, it helps them feel that they are taking back control of their fertility. Meantime, with OvuSense Pro you’ll now know exactly what effect your recommendations and treatment are having. You don’t need to look into your patients’ cycles on a regular basis, but OvuSense Pro provides actionable feedback at a glance when you want it. There is a huge benefit for patients with PCOS and irregular cycles, and their physicians, in this ‘positive feedback loop’. Click here to get started with OvuSense® Pro
How does OvuSense work?
Your patient is most probably using the OvuCore sensor with the OvuSense App. The OvuCore sensor is designed for women that have been trying to conceive for some time. It's inserted in the vagina much like a tampon, and measures continuous Core Body Temperature (cCBT) every five minutes overnight with an extremely high resolution of 0.003° Celsius/ 0.0054° Fahrenheit. No radio waves are transmitted, so the OvuCore sensor is completely safe. In the morning, the user removes the OvuCore sensor, washes it and downloads data to the OvuSense App. The OvuSense App plots the data on a daily chart and updates the cycle characteristics for the user. If your patient is not yet using OvuSense, it's the OvuCore sensor you should recommend. OvuSense also offers the OvuFirst sensor, which is based on the OvuCore technology but is worn on the skin overnight. It provides more convenience but with less accuracy. Although you can still see the data recorded with OvuFirst in the OvuSense Pro portal, it may provide less useful insight, particularly if your patient has significant variability in their temperature results due to issues such as PCOS. Be sure to make a recommendation to step up to the OvuCore sensor if you feel your patient will benefit from more precise monitoring. The upgrade cost is minimal.
If you're interested in knowing more about how OvuSense was developed, clinical publications and a comparison with other methods please click here.
OvuSense® Pro analysis
OvuSense® Pro provides in-depth cycle pattern analysis, automatically flagging each cycle pattern type identified below.
Click on each of the cycle pattern images below to find out more - for each image we answer the questions:
- What is it?
- How common is it?
- Why does it happen?
- How can I see it?.
- What does it mean?
- What can be done about it?
If you're interested in learning more about the exact details of how OvuSense Pro works, please click here to read the OvuSense Pro user guide.
Early OvulationWhat is it?
Ovulation that occurs less than 40% of the way through a cycle. That's equivalent to ovulation on day 11 or earlier in a 28 day cycle. It generally results in a shortened 'follicular phase' - which is the time from the start of the period until the day of ovulation in a cycle.
How common is it?
Wilcox et al. (2000) estimated that 2% of women were in their fertile window by the fourth day of their cycle and 17% by the seventh day (based on 213 women).
Why does it happen?
'Early ovulation' is more common the older a woman gets, and simple things like stress, coming off the contraceptive pill, or a recent pregnancy can also cause early ovulation. However, for some women it's just 'their normal'. Klein et al. (2002) - study size 31 explains that the pattern of shortened follicular phase is more frequently identified in older women due to earlier dominant follicle selection as a result of hormonal patterns.
How can I see it?
'Early ovulation' is easy to see using OvuSense due to its real time ovulation prediction and 99% accurate ovulation confirmation. When 'early ovulation' is found, OvuSense® Pro automatically flags this for the user and their clinician.
What does it mean?
It's not necessarily a problem or associated with infertility, but if ovulation commonly occurs very early in the cycle it is something that needs to be discussed with a fertility specialist. Early ovulation has also been found to correlate with a history of recurrent miscarriage - Jukic et al. (2007) - study size 201
What can be done about it?
Having sex in the first days of the cycle after the period has ended is not common for all couples, but will help improve chances of getting pregnant if ‘early ovulation’ is occurring. If that doesn't help with conception, a fertility specialist may recommend drug treatment to 'even' out the cycle and cause ovulation to occur later, and they can also help advise on reducing the risk of miscarriage.