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How You Can Gain Valuable Cycle Insights With the Priya Fertility Monitor

How You Can Gain Valuable Cycle Insights With the Priya Fertility Monitor

Kindara | July 27, 2021 | trying to conceive
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Once you reach a certain stage of your fertility journey, you may run into a common problem faced by many TTC couples. There seems to be an endless selection of products on the market designed to help you increase your chances of getting pregnant. However, once you start trying to dig deeper into the state of your fertility, you realize that those products may not be as helpful as you need them to be. 

At a certain point, promises of upping your odds of conception aren’t enough. You need answers. 

Whether you’re charting your temperature, using ovulation predictor kits (OPKs), or incorporating other fertility-tracking methods, you may still find yourself wishing you had more information to work with. Figuring out when (and if) you ovulate each cycle is an important step in getting pregnant. Unfortunately, that information isn’t as helpful if:

  • You’re not pinpointing your fertile window in time to have sex before you ovulate, or
  • You’re not ovulating and you don’t know why.

The Priya Fertility Monitor was created to maximize chances of conception with utmost accuracy using 21st century technology. Afterall, if you can track when your package will be delivered, view your airplane status, and know when your Uber/Lyft will arrive, isn't it about time fertility tracking caught up?

Looking for a new way to identify your fertile window? Check out the Priya Personal Fertility System!

The Priya Fertility Monitor uses an intravaginal sensor paired with a proprietary algorithm to monitor your continuous core body temperature (CCBT) and gain insight into the hormonal fluctuations that affect your ovulation and fertility. 

With this information, Priya predicts your fertile window an average of 2.7 days before LH tests,  which translates to giving you 4 of the most fertile days of your cycle (1, 2). If you aren’t ovulating regularly, Priya detects that too, and it provides personalized data that you can use with the help of your healthcare provider to figure out the next steps of your fertility journey.

“Many women can get pregnant naturally when empowered with the right information about their particular cycle.” -Dr. Don Aptekar, MD FACOG 

Why does data matter for your fertility journey?

If you go to a healthcare provider to figure out why you haven’t gotten pregnant yet, they’re going to want to look at a complete picture of your fertility. This can include your ovulation trends, how often you have sex, your complete medical history, the health of your reproductive tract, and your hormone levels over time. These bits of information are important on their own, but their value increases significantly when you look at them all together.

Think of it this way: when doctors diagnose an irregular heartbeat, they don’t just listen to the patient’s pulse. Instead, they perform an electrocardiogram (EKG) so they can hear how the different parts of the heart work together to pump blood. Only when they see the full picture can they diagnose the problem.

Getting insights into your fertility by just using basal body temperature (BBT) measurements or ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) is comparable to trying to diagnose a heart problem by just listening to someone’s pulse. There’s simply no way you can understand the complexities of the hormones and systems that affect fertility with that single piece of information.

To take the metaphor a bit further — imagine trying to diagnose a heart problem with just a pulse and knowing that the pulse can be affected by things that have nothing to do with your heart. The same thing is true about some fertility monitoring methods, such as BBT tracking and LH strips.

Basal body temperature can be affected by many environmental factors, including sickness, fever, shift work, irregular sleep schedules, medications, travel, and even stress (3). OPKs can also give misleading results. For example, they can’t tell you whether an LH surge actually signals impending ovulation or if the hormonal fluctuation is caused by something else (4).

CCBT, on the other hand, is not  influenced by environmental factors. Plus, it doesn’t rely on data from a single point each day to make conclusions about your fertility. Because the Priya Sensor collects your core body temperature every few minutes, it’s able to capture all the hormonal fluctuations that happen throughout the day and throughout your cycle. 

Dr. Ben Smarr, an NIH Research Scientist from UC Berkeley stated, “Core body temperature is directly shaped by changes in hormones across the day. Using continuous core body temperature is almost like getting a blood draw every five minutes. It’s a wealth of information about a person's changing fertility.”

Getting this kind of continuous data wasn’t possible in the past. To do so, you’d have to get your core body temperature taken (or get a blood test done) every 5 to 20 minutes. Who wants to do that? 

A paper in The Society of Endocrinology, a world leading authority on hormones, stated “The pulsatile nature and rhythmic pattern of hormone secretion can have important implications for measurement of circulating hormone levels...” The paper’s author saw the value in continuous hormone measurement, but they suggested that achieving that level of monitoring simply wasn’t practical (5).

Fortunately, things have changed since then. There’s a new way to get CCBT data — and you can use it from the comfort of your own home. That’s where the Priya Fertility Monitor comes in.

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What does continuous core body temperature tell you about your fertility?

When it comes to your fertility, the more information you have about your hormonal activity, the better. That’s why CCBT measurements are so valuable. Instead of measuring your temperature once a day (as you do with BBT) or even continuously while you sleep (like some wearable sensors), the Priya intravaginal sensor measures your core temperature around the clock. 

The fluctuations in your temperature are then interpreted by Priya’s proprietary algorithm, which applies machine learning to understand the hourly, daily, and monthly patterns in your temperature fluctuations. These patterns correlate with subtle changes in your hormone levels. 

Your body goes through specific hormonal changes as you get closer to ovulation. Priya picks up on these changes and identifies when you’re fertile days before your LH surge.

Here’s an example of how Priya performed in our clinical trials. We tested Priya’s predictions against a transvaginal ultrasound, which is currently the gold standard in detecting ovulation. Not only did Priya correctly predict ovulation, but it also confirmed ovulation right after it happened (days before BBT confirmation).

Using your CCBT data with your healthcare provider

The value of CCBT tracking goes beyond predicting and confirming ovulation. You can also bring the data from your CCBT charts to your healthcare provider to help them understand what’s happening with your fertility.

Priya provides valuable insights into the systems that control your menstrual cycle. These insights can be used to detect cycle irregularities and hormonal dysfunction. For example, your CCBT charts may be used to help your physician detect anovulation, irregular ovulation, and  luteal phase defect, and multiple LH surges.

With your CCBT data, you’ll be a step ahead if you decide to visit a fertility specialist in the future or if you are already seeing one, share your Priya chart and receive a more personalized treatment plan. 

If you haven’t seen one already, one of the first things they’ll do is run a blood test to see your hormone levels. If you’ve been using Priya, they’ll be able to compare your results with your CCBT data to see your hormonal fluctuations over your past few menstrual cycles. 

A specialist can then use this information to help you figure out why you haven’t conceived yet and recommend the next steps for you and your partner. For some, these next steps may include lifestyle changes, such as increasing your physical activity or making changes to your diet. As you’re making these changes, you’ll be able to monitor your CCBT data with Priya to see whether they’re working to regulate your menstrual cycle and ovulation.

Throughout your journey, you can share your CCBT charts with your healthcare provider remotely. This feature can be especially helpful if you prefer online appointments or live in an area without easy access to a fertility specialist. 

Once you get to a certain point in your fertility journey, BBT tracking and OPKs may not be able to provide enough information to help you figure out why you’re not conceiving. If that sounds like you, the Priya Fertility System may be the solution you’re looking for. With Priya, you can access a level of cycle insights that you’d previously only get through continued visits to a fertility specialist. 

Learn more about using the Priya Fertility System to monitor your fertility and help you get pregnant faster: Learn About The Priya Fertility Monitor

 

About the author:

Catherine Poslusny is a writer and content marketing strategist based out of Norman, Oklahoma. She's written for healthcare companies since 2016, and she's most passionate about her work in women’s health, fertility, and reproductive rights. You can find her at catherinerosewrites.com.

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