|[April 23, 2012]
DuoFertility Service to Help Two Million "Financially Infertile" US Couples
NEW YORK --(Business Wire)--
This week is National Infertility Awareness Week, dedicated to a
condition suffered by over two million American couples, run by Resolve,
the national infertility charity. The gold-standard treatment, In-Vitro
Fertilization (IVF) provides hope to many, but at $15,000 per cycle and
with insurance covering the procedure in only five states, there is a
rising class of what Resolve term 'financially infertile' couples for
whom the cost of tests and treatment is the largest barrier to their
A new technology, DuoFertility, recently cleared FDA medical approvals
and provides a fertility monitoring and advisory service to couples.
Although totally non-invasive and drug-free, for appropriately screened
patients DuoFertility has shown a pregnancy rate after six months of use
that is similar to that from a cycle of IVF.
Use of DuoFertility involves the woman wearing a small electronic sensor
patch under the arm, which monitors her physiology and relays this
information over the internet to DuoFertility HQ for analysis. This
produces both a prediction of the most fertile days for the couple over
the coming months, and confirmation that ovulation (and hence a chance
for conception) did actually occur. Fertility advisors are also
available by phone and email, as frequently as needed, for a full year -
all included in the $795 price.
A suitability screening service is also available free of charge, at www.duofertility.com,
to ensure that the technology is only offered to appropriate patients.
DuoFertility is suitable for patients suffering from unexplained
infertility and mild to moderate male and female factors (such as a
single blocked fallopian tube). This represents around 80% of infertile
couples, including half of those undergoing IVF.
Recently FDA 501(k) cleared, DuoFertility is a new fertility monitoring
and advisory service that helps couples achieve natural pregnancy with a
similar pregnancy rate to a cycle of IVF at a fraction of the cost.
DuoFertility was developed by scientists at the University of Cambridge
in England, and has helped thousands of British couples better
understand their fertility and achieve a natural pregnancy.
A peer-reviewed academic paper examining the pregnancy rate for
DuoFertility in couples who have already been through IVF, or qualify
for state-funded IVF in the UK, is available at http://bit.ly/Hqehiu
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