Fertility Window Prediction
The use of AI in healthcare increases daily; fertility prediction is a prime example of artificial intelligence in healthcare. AI combined with lab values and patient input allows the software to predict a patient’s fertility window. This window is critical for patients who are trying to have a baby. Timing is everything, and AI can help without medication or expensive IVF treatment.
The menstrual cycle is a complex and intricate process that involves the release of hormones from various glands in the body. One of the key hormones involved in the menstrual cycle is the luteinizing hormone (LH), which plays a vital role in ovulation and fertility. In this blog post, we will discuss the LH surge and the fertility window, crucial concepts for those trying to conceive.
What is the LH surge?
LH is a hormone produced by the brain’s pituitary gland. It plays a crucial role in the menstrual cycle in women by stimulating the ovaries to produce estrogen and progesterone. LH also triggers the release of an egg from the ovary, a process known as ovulation.
The LH surge refers to a sudden increase in the production of LH that occurs just before ovulation. The surge typically occurs 24-36 hours before ovulation and is essential for the release of an egg from the ovary. The LH surge is triggered by a complex interplay of hormones in the body, including estrogen and progesterone.
Detecting the LH surge
The LH surge is a critical event for women trying to conceive because it signals the start of the fertility window. The fertility window refers to the period during which a woman is most likely to conceive. This window typically lasts for 5-6 days and includes the day of ovulation and the 4-5 days leading up to it.
- Ovulation predictor kits (OPKs): These are urine tests that detect the presence of LH in the urine. OPKs are easy to use and are widely available over-the-counter.
- Basal body temperature (BBT) charting: This involves tracking your body temperature every morning and looking for a spike in temperature that occurs after ovulation.
- Cervical mucus monitoring: This involves tracking changes in cervical mucus throughout the menstrual cycle. During the fertility window, cervical mucus becomes thin, stretchy, and clear, resembling egg whites.
Knowing when your fertility window is can increase your chances of conceiving. During the fertility window, the egg is released from the ovary and can be fertilized by sperm. Once the egg is released, it has a lifespan of around 12-24 hours, meaning that it must be fertilized during this time to result in pregnancy.
Sperm, on the other hand, can survive for up to five days in the female reproductive tract. This means that having sex in the days leading up to ovulation can also result in pregnancy.
Your fertility window can change from month to month and is difficult to predict until now. Women no longer need to use a calendar, temperature checks, ovulation prediction kits, or self-assessment of vaginal mucus to predict and increase their chances of pregnancy. Mobile Care Health offers fertility window prediction through bi-monthly laboratory assessments and a unique AI program. Through our partnership with Fertilai your promise of pregnancy without medications or fertility treatments increases.
Mobile Care Health Fertility Prediction
Why use fertility prediction? “As an ob/gyn, I am so impressed with this evidence-based product and the improvement in fertility outcomes that it drives. I believe in fertilAI’s ability to increase high-quality fertility care at the beginning of a client’s journey and to have a profound impact through its application to mobile- and telehealth-based care– the potential for increasing access at a lower cost for patients is profound,” says Margo Harrison MD, MPH, Head of Business Development for fertilAI.
The average cost of IVF is $15,000 to $30,000 per cycle, out of reach for many patients. Fertility prediction provides a more affordable and natural method for couples. Dr. Jacob Weinstein, DNP related, “The cost burden of IVF may not be a financial option for patients. Fertility prediction using AI, increases access for patients while improving the quality of care. We are excited to offer this service to patients across 35 states.”
Your Fertility Journey
The Mobile Care Health program starts with a provider consultation. This includes a comprehensive laboratory assessment and fertility history. Patients will complete regular lab draws and menstrual cycle tracking after the consultation. A Mobile Care Health provider will meet with you monthly virtually. Patients interested in fertility prediction must meet the following criteria. Have questions about the program? Read our FAQ’s here.
- Age 18-36
- Regular menstrual cycles 24-35 days
- Established care with OBGYN
- Completion of a preconception screening with your OBGYN
- Access to a Labcorp location
- No history of diagnosed infertility