Can I Have Natural IVF with Irregular Cycles?
Natural IVF, or In Vitro Maturation (IVM), is a system of fertility treatment useful for women under 35 years that have been trying to conceive for at least half a year without success. It includes the typical egg retrieval, sperm analysis and injection, embryo culture and transfer but without any hormones. Typically, the use of medications to hyperstimulate the ovaries would allow surgeons the chance to harvest more premature eggs and also treat someone with irregular cycles, but this isn’t always appealing to everyone. Thankfully, there have been new technologies developing in recent years that can help especially those women with polycystic ovary syndrome (PCOS) or hypothyroidism whom deal with ovulation fluctuations month after month. One snazzy new device in particular called the Kegg stands out on top as a go-to product, so that family planning can go on without the need for hormonal therapy.
Dealing with the complexity of fertility
If having inconsistent cycles has thrown you and your partner for a loop, plus you dislike the idea of being treated with hormones, a quick conversation with your doctor or fertility expert would likely lead you to one conclusion: it’s time to start paying attention to your cervical fluid. One of the tips you’ve probably heard already is to use tissue and your fingers to assess the fluid’s consistency, but maybe that still doesn’t seem like a catch-all.
Yes, monitoring your cervical fluid is important because, without it, sperm cannot survive within or traverse the vagina. That’s also why an accurate tracking system based on this fluid can most benefit women with irregular cycles.
Kegg is a 2-in1 fertility tracker that senses changes in the vagina and cervical fluid, plus it’s clever design also allows it to be used for pelvic floor exercises. Awesome. How does it work exactly? Well, Kegg senses the electrolyte levels in cervical fluid which ultimately detects the hormonal shifts that occur during your cycle between estrogen and progesterone dominance. It emits and receives back an identifiable electrical pulse that allows any impedance to be recorded. After multiple sessions, the device can start to predict your fertility and natural hormonal fluctuations. Thankfully, this process takes only about two minutes daily and never requires any overnight assessments, which can be required by some other competing femtech devices. Kegg keeps it simple, quick and even its gold-plated electrodes keep it classy.
How it compares to other femtech products
Founder of Lady Technologies, Kristina Cahojova, markets her product as an early indicator and more accurate predictor than other technologies available today, which often monitor only secondary fertility signs like temperature or urinary hormone levels. She says that a similar approach had even been developed before, but for dairy cows not women. So, she set out to develop a high-tech solution to help her and other women avoid hormonal-dependent family planning. Sounds like a good idea to me.
Trying for a baby may be tricky for some couples but, with a little help, tracking your fertility can serve as that first step down the path. At our fertility clinic, we also offer expertise to accompany fertility tracking and create a tailored plan for your quest towards parenthood.
 Butkovic, Marija. “Kegg’s Kristina Cahojova On The Complexity Of Conception Journey, Raising $1.5 Million In Seed And Why FemTech Is The Next Big Thing In Asia.” Forbes, Forbes Magazine, 30 Nov. 2020, www.forbes.com/sites/marijabutkovic/2020/11/30/keggs-kristina-cahojova-o....