A new wearable device simplifies measuring ovulation cycles measuring BBT inside the ear.
YONO is a new in-ear wearable to help women understand their ovulation cycles. This little gadget can predict their fertility window when trying to get pregnant.
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With 1 in 8 couples experiencing difficulty when trying to conceive, YONO hopes to help more women manage their health with solid data.
YONO is the only wearable health device worn in the ear to measure basal body temperature (BBT).
The silicone-encased in-ear thermometer provides a highly accurate measurement of a woman’s BBT according to YONO Labs.
The temperature is measured in the closed and controlled environment of the ear canal. The sensor captures the most accurate data without being affected by the ambient temperature.
The YONO wearable collects 70-120 data points each night to determine the lowest temperature.
The associated YONO smartphone APP collects and analyzes the information. A proprietary algorithm takes this temperature data, along with information from the user about other physical symptoms, to predict ovulation timing.
“Most basal thermometers require you to measure your temperature first thing in the morning, which already is inaccurate, considering that you reached your basal temperature, which is your lowest resting temperature, in the middle of the night,” said Vanessa Xi, CEO and founder, YONO Labs.
“I created YONO out of my own personal challenges with conception and I saw first-hand the need for technology to accurately give me the data I needed. YONO is a wearable that gives women precise information, is very discreet, easy to use and takes the guesswork out of getting pregnant.”
It is important to understand the ovulation cycle as it significantly increases chance of getting pregnant.
The process of taking and recording the BBT is frustrating and fraught with potential miscalculations.
A woman would take her temperature immediately upon waking (not moving at all), using a traditional thermometer under the tongue, and waiting as long as three to five minutes for the temperature to read.
The information would be recorded by hand daily, over the course of a month, and if all went well, there would be the telltale temperature drop and subsequent rise indicating that ovulation occurred.
If a woman missed one day of recording, it could mean missing vital information and the process would have to start all over again the following month.
“Trying to get pregnant should be exciting, but can be quite stressful if everything doesn’t line up perfectly. YONO’s solution is simple, smart and accurate. YONO gives couples peace of mind when trying to conceive,” continued Xi.
“The device monitors for the user’s most fertile days and provides helpful tips should you need to talk with your doctor about next steps. YONO gives women the powerful information women need so they make good decisions about their overall health.”
How YONO works:
- Users wear Yono earpiece all night where data is collected multiple times to determine lowest BBT.
- The earpiece is stored in the Base Station where the data is transferred and synced with the YONO iOS or Android App.
- The YONO APP uses the readings to plot a monthly BBT chart, analyzes the data and predicts the monthly fertile window
- The APP helps women manage their overall health and track other symptoms associated with ovulation.
- With data analytics, YONO becomes more predictive with each monthly cycle.
- YONO base station is portable and only needs to be charged once a week.
- YONO Labs is launching a Kickstarter campaign today, August 3rd 2015 with a goal of $30,000.
The Kickstarter project has been launched here.
About YONO Labs:
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Based in Silicon Valley, YONO Labs is founded by women leaders from Stanford GSB, OB/GYN from Kaiser Permanente, software engineers and an executive from high tech companies.