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New ovulation predictor “as effective as IVF”

British fertility device provides an alternative to IVF treatment in cases of secondary or unexplained infertility

Posted: 18 October 2010
by Kimberley Smith
Women crossing fingers for new ovulation predictor outcome
Cheaper than IVF, the DuoFertility system could bring hope to thousands of TTC couples

A fertility device that measures tiny changes in a woman’s temperature has been invented, claiming a success rate similar to IVF. Much cheaper than IVF and non invasive, the DuoFertility system works by recording body temperature 20,000 times a day, allowing it to pinpoint when a woman is ovulating.

Invented by researchers in Cambridge, the device is 99% accurate at recognising the most fertile days of a woman’s cycle. The pregnancy success rate is 19.5% after six months – as effective as IVF.

“Clearly there are some infertility issues where the use of the device is unable to aid pregnancy, such as complete lack of sperm,” said Dr Shamus Husheer, who invented DuoFertility. “However, for a range of common causes such as moderate male factors, cycle irregularity and secondary or unexplained infertility, our monitoring device is achieving great results.

According to a recent survey 1 in 10 women had tried some type of fertility treatment. If you’ve been trying for a baby for a year or more, find out how to investigate your options.


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