If you’re one of the thousands of couples who are trying to conceive a baby without any luck, you’ve probably had to physically conduct several visits to the lab already for follicular ultrasound scans, which can be quite a frustrating ordeal.
The good news is that you can now better your chances of getting pregnant by 89 percent, at the comfort of your home. Thanks to a fertility monitor developed by a Bengaluru based medical diagnostic firm, called Inito Fertility.
The home diagnostic test kit comprising of Inito Reader, an app for your mobile and the test strips enables women to track their fertile days at home in an easy and convenient manner.
“The Inito Fertility Monitor works by identifying up to six fertile days of a woman’s cycle.The test strips are dipped in urine and inserted into the device, the device is then attached to the phone and the Inito app displays the result,” says co-founder Aayush Rai to IANS.
The best part is that Inito carries a patented flat lens technology, which enables smartphones to perform diagnostic tests using a single portable device.
Although there are other home products like ovulation kits available in the market, they are highly unreliable and are not able to check the hormone levels of Indian women, said Rai.
The device not only measures estrogen and luteinising hormone in urine but also understands cycle variations and gives accurate results unique to every individual woman’s cycle and thus increases the chance of her getting pregnant naturally by 89 per cent, Rai said.
The device is inexpensive when you compare it with expensive and bulk lab readers, especially because it claims to be equally accurate.
While bulky lab readers can cost up to 3 lakhs, these portable devices only cost up to Rs. 3,000.
“A report by IIT Delhi Professor Satish Dubey has proved that it can read diagnostic test strips with a 99.12 per cent correlation when compared to lab grade scanners,” says Rai.
It exciting to know that this is just the beginning as the device is set to measure other medical parameters with this level of accuracy and convenience.
Inito, will soon be adding diabetes, thyroid and vitamin D tests to its device. An addition of more tests would just require an app update and the strips with the reading device remaining the same. The device can also work on third party strips after an app upgrade.