September 16, 2020

Fox News: 7 gadgets and apps to improve your fertility

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The increasing number of fertility products and apps that have hit the market in recent years are helping women get healthy, optimize their fertility, and become more aware of their cycles— which is one of the biggest obstacles in treating infertility,…
September 16, 2020

Fox News “KNOWHEN® - Women need to understand their body”

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After an unexpected pregnancy nearly killed Helen Denise, the New Jersey-based woman came up with a plan to help other women avoid a similar situation, while also assisting those who were trying to get pregnant: an at-home ovulation testing kit that uses…
May 24, 2020

Fox News: At-Home Ovulation Kit

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After an unexpected pregnancy nearly killed Helen Denise, the New Jersey-based woman came up with a plan to help other women avoid a similar situation, while also assisting those who were trying to get pregnant: an at-home ovulation testing kit that uses…

The Ache: At-home ovulation-predicting methods for optimal fertility, such as urine test strips, can be messy and expensive-and sometimes don't work.

The Claim: In a technique called "ferning, tiny microscopes are used to examine saliva samples for a fern-like pattern caused when estrogen surges just before ovulation. The microscopes offer a convenient. low-mess method for determining when a woman can conceive.
The Verdict: The saliva microscopes accurately detected estrogen surges 80% of the time in a German study published last year. Because the ferning microscopes tend to give a positive result about a day earlier than urine test strips, there may be a longer time window in which to try to conceive, scientists say. The microscopes, costing from $25 to $60, are often shaped like a tube of lipstick, with a tiny, battery powered light to make the sample easier to see. They have been available in the U.S. for more than a decade but have remained a niche product, in part because of ineffective marketing, says Helen Denise, chief executive of Hilin Life Products Inc., in Newark, N.J. At least two companies, Hilin and RG Medical Diagnostics of Wixom, Mich., are offering new products with websites and videos to sell the concept.
Additional studies are needed on women who aren't taking fertility drugs, he adds. In unpublished data on 22 women whoweren't taking fertility drugs, Hilin's KNOWHEN® microscope correctly detected ovulation, as measured by ultrasound scans, 97% of the time, says Manhattan fertility specialist Hugh Melnick,, who did the tests.