Monitoring Fertility Cycle Patents (Class 600/551)
  • Patent number: 8133188
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a device and method for identifying estrus in production animals by detecting one or more standing mounts with a single device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Date of Patent: March 13, 2012
    Inventor: Ira Steven Hatch
  • Patent number: 8070687
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting the reproductive status, in particular the oestrus cycle, of a mammal, comprising detecting means (10) to detect a blood amount perfused in a predetermined region of the vagina canal of a mammal, and generating a corresponding main signal (20); the apparatus (1) further comprises a processing unit (40) associated with said detecting means (10) to determine the reproductive status of said mammal depending on said main signal (20). Also disclosed is a method of detecting the reproductive status, in particular the oestrus cycle, of a mammal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Date of Patent: December 6, 2011
    Assignee: Enrico Cinti
    Inventor: Enrico Cinti
  • Publication number: 20110178423
    Abstract: Embodiments of the present invention are directed to a device and method for identifying estrus in production animals by detecting one or more standing mounts with a single device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 15, 2010
    Publication date: July 21, 2011
    Inventor: Ira Steven Hatch
  • Patent number: 7977103
    Abstract: A method for detecting the onset of ovulation in a female mammal is provided. The method includes contacting mouth air of the female mammal with an arylmethane test chromogen in an amount effective to undergo a rapid and detectable color change in the presence of one or more volatile sulfur compounds. The color of the test chromogen is compared to a control color that corresponds to a pre-ovulatory sulfur content. The difference in color between the test chromogen and the control color is correlated to the onset of ovulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 20, 2006
    Date of Patent: July 12, 2011
    Assignee: Kimberly-Clark Worldwide, Inc.
    Inventors: Stephanie Michelle Martin, RameshBabu Boga, John Gavin MacDonald
  • Patent number: 7957794
    Abstract: A system for sensing vaginal conditions or for affecting vaginal or body conditions in a mammal. The system includes a portable probe unit and a separate controller unit, both of which include two-way communication devices to both transmit signals to, and receive signals from, each other, wirelessly and in real time. The substantially smooth and sealed outer surface of the cylindrical body of the probe unit has a rounded end and is dimensioned to permit comfortable and repeated insertion into, removal from, and containment entirely within a mammal's vagina. The probe body has a device substantially flush with its outer surface and configured to deliver electrical pulses, receive electrical pulses, sense or sample vaginal conditions and/or deliver medication.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 17, 2009
    Date of Patent: June 7, 2011
    Assignee: Athena Feminine Technology
    Inventors: Joel S. Hochman, George Sarkis
  • Patent number: 7927287
    Abstract: A method of determining breeding status in animals by (a) determining a breeding event (cyclicity, mounting, pregnancy, open) time, (b) providing an estrus or other breeding event detection apparatus, (c) affixing the estrus detection apparatus at a predetermined location on a female animal at a predetermined application time prior to the breeding event time, and (d) monitoring the estrus detection apparatus for activation thereof. An indicator apparatus is provided for use in indicating when an animal is in estrus. The apparatus is configured to be affixed to the rump of an animal to detect and indicate when the animal has been mounted and, thus, when the animal is in estrus. The apparatus is affixed to the animal by an adhesive layer. Layered on the top surface of the adhesive layer is an indicator layer that is in turn covered with a floodcoat layer. The floodcoat layer is adapted for removal upon the mounting of the first animal by a second animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 16, 2007
    Date of Patent: April 19, 2011
    Inventors: Mark L. Anderson, T. Boyd Dingus
  • Patent number: 7892179
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for determining a physiological condition within a mammal based on pH and/or temperature measurements. The invention is for determining vaginal health and/or fertility status in a female mammal based on pH and/or temperature measurements of vaginal and/or cervical fluids or tissue. The invention is suited for taking either in vivo or external measurements. In one aspect, the invention is an apparatus comprising an elongated probe portion and a handle portion. In one embodiment, the circuitry of the apparatus is strategically split between the probe portion and the handle portion to facilitate a plug-and-play type of device. In another embodiment, an elongated probe is provided that has a hermetically sealed internal cavity that houses the circuitry while leaving the temperature sensor and the pH sensor exposed for direct contact with the desired biological fluid. In a further embodiment, an ISFET is used as the pH sensor.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 12, 2010
    Date of Patent: February 22, 2011
    Inventor: Harry T. Rieth
  • Publication number: 20100331720
    Abstract: A convenient and highly accurate intravaginal device with wireless sensors for monitoring fertility and sexual health of humans and animals is proposed. Sensors in the intravaginal device measure fertility and sexual health and via wireless transmitter send this information to a terminal on which the information is processed and displayed in convenient form.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 11, 2010
    Publication date: December 30, 2010
    Inventor: Igor Igorevich Stukanov
  • Publication number: 20100312138
    Abstract: Improvements in a diagnostic system for determining and/or monitoring a physiological condition in a female mammal are disclosed. The diagnostic system includes hardware and software, and comprises algorithms for the recognition of predetermined patterns of data values, said algorithms being applied to said current daily data value and said stored daily data values by said microprocessor means, said microprocessor means controlling said display means to display characters representing one of several states of the mammal in response to recognition of a corresponding one of said predetermined patterns, wherein the algorithms are capable of determining, for example and substantially automatically, variables that can be used to define the beginning of the fertile cycle of the mammal, the end of the fertile cycle of the mammal and the most fertile day of the mammal. The improvements of the present invention involve a novel user interface providing display of the physiological condition over time to the user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventor: Philip George Chelf Regas
  • Publication number: 20100312137
    Abstract: Methods of monitoring the ovulation cycle of an animal by detecting specific analytes in body fluids, computer program products, devices, data processing systems, and kits for monitoring the ovulation cycle and determining the fertility of female mammals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 24, 2006
    Publication date: December 9, 2010
    Inventors: Robert Gilmour, Leonard Francis Blackwell
  • Patent number: 7842513
    Abstract: This invention provides methods and compositions for testing for pregnancy and non-pregnancy in ungulates and non-hoofed ruminates. The tests provided by this invention are useful during a time that coincides with the estrus cycle during which breeding occurs or the first estrus cycle after breeding of a non-pregnant animal. The tests provided by this invention are useful in estrus and ovulation synchronization programs, with pregnancy testing useful at a time allowing for resynchronization of non-pregnant animals within the first estrus cycle. The tests provided by this invention assay for the presence, absence, or level of a selected IFN-?-induced protein in a sample from a female animal. The tests of this invention are useful for testing cells, blood, plasma, serum, cells, milk, nasal secretions, ocular secretions, vaginal secretions, urine, and saliva samples. The tests provided by this invention are immunoassays.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 2, 2003
    Date of Patent: November 30, 2010
    Assignees: AspenBio Pharma, Inc., University of Wyoming
    Inventors: Mark Colgin, Diane Newman, Cathy Landmann, Jay W. Roth, Roger Hurst, Thomas R. Hansen, Kathleen Jeanette Austin
  • Publication number: 20100286552
    Abstract: A wiping device for wiping the surface of a cavity, comprising an implement having a distal end dimensioned and configured with a rounded tip to facilitate insertion of the device into the cavity, the implement also having a proximal end configured for manually grasping the implement and for inserting the distal end of the implement into the cavity, and a flexible wiping cloth configured to be received over the distal end of the implement, to conform to its rounded tip, and to define a lower edge to be releasable engaged by said implement in order to be releasably retained on the implement.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 6, 2010
    Publication date: November 11, 2010
    Inventor: Miryam ABITBOL
  • Publication number: 20100274073
    Abstract: Manual techniques for monitoring animal ovulation cycle have been used commercially to determine the best time to breed animals. Techniques using heat as an indicator for ovulation do not always correspond to ovulation. The present invention provides methods, apparatus, and kits for monitoring and predicting ovulation using an automated hand-held device, incorporating a computer and probe for detecting physical changes in the animal body fluid. Changes in electrolyte levels are detected as alterations in resistance which corresponds to specific intervals in the ovulation cycle. The present invention provides a rapid, low cost means for monitoring mammalian ovulation cycles and a tool for use in artificial insemination, especially in assessing large populations of animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 6, 2007
    Publication date: October 28, 2010
    Inventor: Philip George Chelf Regas
  • Patent number: 7785267
    Abstract: Method and device for the management of lactating animals wherein the reproduction stage of an animal is correlated with the lactation stage of the animal. A state of the animal is determined by means of automatically obtained sensor data. The state of the animal is graphically illustrated.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Date of Patent: August 31, 2010
    Assignee: GEA Farm Technologies GmbH
    Inventors: Heinz Francke, Christian Müller, Paul Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 7774146
    Abstract: A biological information measurement device stores, in a storage unit, biological data representing data of calculated biological information and measurement date data in association with each other. The biological information measurement device displays, as measurement frequency specifying information, information for specifying frequency of day(s) when the measurement was conducted, in a prescribed period from a current date based on a plurality of pieces of measurement date data stored in the storage unit and an output from a time keeping unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 19, 2007
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Assignee: Omron Healthcare Co., Ltd.
    Inventors: Shinya Tanaka, Jiazheng Jin, Yumi Kinoshita, Takeshi Kubo, Eisuke Yamazaki
  • Patent number: 7771366
    Abstract: A method for tissue bioassay comprising the steps of placing in the vagina of a female mammal an elongated probe having at least two electrodes positioned close to an insertion end of the probe, none of the electrodes extending around the entire periphery of said probe and at least one of then being metallic, applying across the electrodes an alternating voltage of relatively low peak-to-peak amplitude, measuring across the electrodes a value representative of the phase of the reproductive cycle of the female or the hormonal status of the fornix epitheliurn, and comparing that value with at least one reference value. A probe for practicing this method also is disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: August 10, 2010
    Inventor: Vaclav Kirsner
  • Patent number: 7722547
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assessing fertility in mammalian females comprising sampling cervical-vaginal fluid, measuring one or more of the sample's viscoelastic properties, and evaluating the measurement to determine fertility. Preferable embodiments of the current invention may utilize measurement of the viscoelastic property of die swell ratio, or other viscoelastic properties of cervical-vaginal fluid.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Date of Patent: May 25, 2010
    Inventors: Gregory B McKenna, Stephen J. Usala, Mark W. Vaughn, Jian Wang, Wei Wang
  • Publication number: 20100036279
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for determining a physiological condition within a mammal based on pH and/or temperature measurements. In one aspect, the invention is directed to a method of calibrating an apparatus for taking in vivo pH measurements comprising: a) providing a probe having an elongated housing extending along a longitudinal axis, a well formed in a top edge of the elongate housing for holding fluids, a pH sensor located on a floor of the well, the well located at a distal portion of the elongated housing; b) positioning the distal portion of the elongated housing on a base of a removable cap, the removable cap having a lid in an open position; c) supplying a liquid buffered to a known pH to the well and in contact with the pH sensor; d) moving the lid of the removable cap to a closed position so that the distal portion of the elongated housing is enclosed in a cavity of the removable cap, the cavity being substantially free of visible light; and e) calibrating the pH sensor to the known pH.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Harry T. Rieth
  • Publication number: 20100036212
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for determining a physiological condition within a mammal based on pH and/or temperature measurements.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Harry T. Rieth
  • Publication number: 20100036278
    Abstract: A system, method and apparatus for determining a physiological condition within a mammal based on pH and/or temperature measurements. In one aspect, the invention is directed to a method of determining vaginal health and/or fertility status in a female mammal comprising: a) inserting a probe into a vagina of the female mammal, a distal portion of the probe comprising an ISFET for measuring pH and a temperature sensor for measuring temperature; b) measuring pH and temperature with the ISFET and the temperature sensor of the probe; c) transmitting signals indicative of the measured pII and temperature to a microprocessor; d) the microprocessor generating an output signal indicative of the fertility and/or vaginal health status in the female mammal based on the signals indicative of the measured pH and temperature; and e) communicating the output signal to a user.
    Type: Application
    Filed: August 5, 2009
    Publication date: February 11, 2010
    Inventor: Harry T. Rieth
  • Publication number: 20090326410
    Abstract: A method of providing information relating to the fertility of a female mammal comprising the steps of: (i) taking multiple temperature readings from the female mammal during an extended period; (ii) identifying and disregarding temperature readings having one or more characteristics of irrelevant or faulty data; (iii) obtaining one or several representative temperature values for the extended period; (iv) repeating steps (i) to (iii) over multiple extended periods; (v) analysing the representative temperature values obtained over multiple extended periods for one or more patterns in the representative temperature values indicative or predictive of ovulation in order to provide information relating to the fertility of the female mammal to a user, wherein the representative temperature values are not the maximum or minimum temperature readings obtained for the extended period; and related uses and apparatus.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 5, 2007
    Publication date: December 31, 2009
    Applicant: FERTILITY FOCUS LIMITED
    Inventors: Michael Howard James, Toby Grahame Knowles
  • Publication number: 20090306537
    Abstract: A system for predicting a woman's current position in her menstrual or ovulation cycle includes a baseline voice characteristics storage module in which first set of characteristics of the woman's voice at a known time relative to her menstrual or ovulation cycle is stored, an analysis module for receiving for analyzing a voice sample from the woman and generating a second set of characteristics of the woman's voice, a comparison module for comparing the first and second sets of characteristics, and a results module for providing a prediction of the woman's current position in her menstrual or ovulation cycle based on the comparison.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 9, 2009
    Publication date: December 10, 2009
    Inventor: Andy Ofer Goren
  • Patent number: 7588544
    Abstract: A method of providing visual indications relating to various phases of a woman's menstrual cycle and an apparatus for providing visual indications relating to various phases of a woman's menstrual cycle are provided. As many as ten different types of beads are utilized in the method and apparatus of the present invention to provide the desired visual indications. Different beads are placed on a string each day during the woman's menstrual cycle depending upon the phase of the woman's menstrual cycle and other events observed during such phases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 15, 2009
    Assignee: Maternal Life International
    Inventor: George Mulcaire-Jones
  • Patent number: 7577476
    Abstract: A system and method are provided for transducing vaginal conditions, affecting vaginal or body conditions, and/or stimulating perineal musculature and nerves. A separate, portable, non-implanted intravaginally containable combination probe and transceiver is provided that can sense vaginal conditions, can deliver signals or medication, and/or can stimulate perineal musculature and nerves. This probe unit is provided with 2-way wireless communication for transmitting information that is transduced and for receiving control and programming signals. In addition, a separate combination controller and transceiver is provided for wirelessly sending signals to the probe unit and for receiving signals therefrom. A real time wireless signal feedback loop is thus provided between the controller and the probe and/or external devices, networks and databases.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 18, 2009
    Assignee: Athena Feminine Technologies, Inc
    Inventors: Joel S. Hochman, George Sarkis
  • Publication number: 20090149773
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for interpreting vaginal measurement data by electronic means without the need for the user to take part in the data interpretation process. More specifically, an intelligent probe monitors folliculogenesis and correlates the ovarian function data to probe profile characteristics of the female reproductive cycle. A fertile window is defined with reference to the correlation between folliculogenesis and probe cyclic profiles. Data stored within the apparatus can be downloaded into an external display appliance or data analysis unit. Another aspect of the invention allows for continuous layout of the memory of preceding cycles in the inventory of the apparatus, retaining the most recent while erasing the most distant stored data.
    Type: Application
    Filed: September 19, 2008
    Publication date: June 11, 2009
    Inventor: Vaclav Kirsner
  • Patent number: 7494471
    Abstract: A system and method for tracking and informing about a physical, emotional, or physiological cycle, such as a menstrual cycle, includes at least one definition entry and at least one date indicator. Each definition entry defines indicia such as color to represent a stage of a physical, emotional, or physiological cycle. Each date indicator includes a date section and a tracking section corresponding to each date section. The date section of the date indicator indicates at least one date, wherein the tracking section is capable of being marked so as to indicate indicia corresponding to a definition entry to signify the stage of the physical, emotional, or physiological cycle for each date. According to one embodiment, the date indicators are arranged according to phases of the moon to allow correlation of a user's cycle to the lunar cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 1, 2005
    Date of Patent: February 24, 2009
    Inventor: Marina Alzugaray
  • Publication number: 20090005658
    Abstract: The invention relates to a device for determining the physiological state of female mammals related to procreation. The inventive device comprises a sealed housing (2) which is introducible into the reproductive tract of a female mammal and comprises at least two sensors (3) placed on the periphery thereof and/or therein for capturing different physical and/or psychological data items and a power supply means for enabling the device to be independently operational. Said housing (2) is also connected to means for processing data items collected by said sensor(s) (3) and to means for transmitting the collected data items and/or results obtained by data processing.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 5, 2007
    Publication date: January 1, 2009
    Inventor: Rene Vinci
  • Patent number: 7438691
    Abstract: A method and device to predict ovulation in a female human by measuring changes in the concentration of a number of ions in eccrine sweat is disclosed. The concentration, or changes in concentration, of one or more ions are determined throughout the day and analyzed against predetermined patterns in order to predict ovulation one to five days in advance. This permits the user to more accurately determine commencement of the fertile phase, which for female humans is generally considered to be about four days prior to ovulation to one day after ovulation. The concentration of the ions measured include sodium (Na+), potassium (K+), ammonium (NH4+), calcium (Ca2+), chloride (Cl?) and nitrate (NO3?). To further increase the accuracy of the reading, a large number of readings can be obtained throughout a day and statistically analyzed to determine the change over time. In addition, the concentration of two or more ions can be obtained to increase accuracy.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 29, 2002
    Date of Patent: October 21, 2008
    Assignee: HealthWatchSystems, Inc.
    Inventor: Douglas M. Marett
  • Publication number: 20080255472
    Abstract: An ovulation-prediction device with an image processing system containing a transmissive test platen for placing saliva samples and a miniature camera for capturing the image of saliva sample at dried state for analyzing the increase of salt content for predicting ovulation. An image processing method with an algorithm described for removing noise in a saliva sample for calculating the density of dark pixels which represents salt content in the sample. A Density Index is defined. Trend curve of Density Index vs. day is established based on the daily saliva analysis in a woman's menstrual cycle for predicting days from the ovulation. Also illustrated are applications of the image processing system in an electrical toothbrush, a dental massager and a portable compact device using a disposable tape cassette for testing saliva samples.
    Type: Application
    Filed: April 13, 2007
    Publication date: October 16, 2008
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • Patent number: 7427271
    Abstract: Methods and apparatus for interpreting vaginal measurement data by electronic means without the need for the user to take part in the data interpretation process. More specifically, an intelligent probe monitors folliculogenesis and correlates the ovarian function data to probe profile characteristics of the female reproductive cycle. A fertile window is defined with reference to the correlation between folliculogenesis and probe cyclic profiles. Data stored within the apparatus can be downloaded into an external display appliance or data analysis unit. Another aspect of the invention allows for continuous layout of the memory of preceding cycles in the inventory of the apparatus, retaining the most recent while erasing the most distant stored data.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Date of Patent: September 23, 2008
    Inventor: Vaclav Kirsner
  • Publication number: 20080228058
    Abstract: An apparatus for detecting the reproductive status, in particular the oestrus cycle, of a mammal, comprising detecting means (10) to detect a blood amount perfused in a predetermined region of the vagina canal of a mammal, and generating a corresponding main signal (20); the apparatus (1) further comprises a processing unit (40) associated with said detecting means (10) to determine the reproductive status of said mammal depending on said main signal (20). Also disclosed is a method of detecting the reproductive status, in particular the oestrus cycle, of a mammal.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 13, 2006
    Publication date: September 18, 2008
    Applicant: AGRISTUDIO S.R.L.
    Inventor: Enrico Cinti
  • Publication number: 20080125670
    Abstract: Estrus and ovulation of animals and particularly sows is determined for planning of a preferred time zone of fertilization by a sensing system arranged to detect standing of the animal. Data from the sensing system is collected and analyzed using an algorithm and information that is displayed on an indicating system to provide an indication to a worker of the time zone of estrus and ovulation and of a useful fertilization time zone and a preferred fertilization time zone of the animal. The indicating system includes a countdown clock to the preferred time zone of fertilization. In the event that the fertilization fails, an indication is provided about whether the actual time of fertilization occurred at the preferred time of fertilization indicated to the worker. When estrus is completed, a confidence level is provided about the position of the actual time of fertilization relative to ovulation.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2007
    Publication date: May 29, 2008
    Inventors: Walter Signorini, Eleonora Rizzi
  • Patent number: 7369331
    Abstract: The present invention provides a fixed focus handy ovulation tester, the said ovulation tester comprising an inner casing (1), having a top and a bottom end; a controllable 5 illuminating assembly (2) located inside the inner casing and near the bottom end of the inner casing and being sealed at the bottom by a bottom face plate (3) and a fixed focus eye piece assembly (4) having a bottom inner portion for placing a biological specimen and a top outer portion for viewing the specimen being removably located at the top end of the inner casing.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Date of Patent: May 6, 2008
    Inventors: Gopal Krishan Sachdev, Harinder Preet Singh Bakshi
  • Publication number: 20080091119
    Abstract: A device and method for assessing characteristics of follicular fluid in vivo comprises an aspiration needle for oocyte retrieval having one or more sensors disposed on its outer cannula wall or embedded in its outer cannula wall for sensing and measuring characteristics of follicular fluid constituents such as pH level and oxygen concentration. The sensors are microsensors that communicate through a physical connection or wirelessly with a meter and display. The measurements are recorded and optionally printed for later review and selection of the most viable oocytes. The method involves inserting into an ovary an aspiration needle with one or more sensors. The needle is guided to a first follicle and inserted in the first follicle. Characteristics of the follicular fluid are sensed and measured and accordingly displayed on the meter and recorded for later reference and selection. The fluid is collected into a first collection container.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 12, 2007
    Publication date: April 17, 2008
    Inventor: Drew V. Moffitt
  • Publication number: 20080027351
    Abstract: A method and apparatus for assessing fertility in mammalian females comprising sampling cervical-vaginal fluid, measuring one or more of the sample's viscoelastic properties, and evaluating the measurement to determine fertility. Preferable embodiments of the current invention may utilize measurement of the viscoelastic property of die swell ratio, or other viscoelastic properties of cervical-vaginal fluid.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 17, 2006
    Publication date: January 31, 2008
    Inventors: Gregory B. McKenna, Stephen J. Usala, Mark W. Vaughn, Jian Wang, Wei Wang
  • Publication number: 20080009765
    Abstract: Method and device for the management of lactating animals wherein the reproduction stage of an animal is correlated with the lactation stage of the animal. A state of the animal is determined by means of automatically obtained sensor data. The state of the animal is graphically illustrated.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2006
    Publication date: January 10, 2008
    Inventors: Heinz Francke, Christian Muller, Paul Bergstrom
  • Patent number: 7214196
    Abstract: An apparatus is provided for measurement of a woman's body. Embodiments include an apparatus having a body parameter input unit, a menstruation date input unit, and a physical condition phase estimation unit for estimating the phase of physical condition of the person under test for a measurement day based on formulas for estimation of phase of body condition. After determining a change in an input body parameter, a display unit displays advice for the person under test for the measurement day, based on the change in body parameter and the phase of physical condition of the person for the measurement day estimated by the physical condition phase estimation unit.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Date of Patent: May 8, 2007
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Miyuki Kodama, Tomoko Takehara
  • Patent number: 7195600
    Abstract: Disclosed is a maternity biodata measurement system, wherein a sum of a pre-pregnancy energy expenditure and a pregnancy extra energy amount of a subject is determined as an energy amount necessary for the subject in a pregnancy period. In particular, the pregnancy extra energy amount is determined based on pre-pregnancy body-mass index data and elapsed pregnancy-period data about the subject, so as to allow the necessary energy amount to be determined as a value appropriate for the subject. The maternity biodata measurement system of the present invention makes it possible to measure a necessary energy amount for a pregnant woman on an individual basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 27, 2006
    Date of Patent: March 27, 2007
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Ueda, Motoyoshi Maruo, Yoshihiko Ashitaka, Tomoko Takehara, Yuka Honda
  • Patent number: 7166078
    Abstract: A system for delivering information through a computer. The system comprises: data collecting means for collecting personal data including menstrual data regarding a menstrual cycle on a woman from a user; phase identification means for identifying a phase within the menstrual cycle; storage means for storing predetermined information; selection means for selecting information from the storage means, which is personalized based on the phase identified by the phase identification means; and delivery means for delivering the personalized information.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: January 23, 2007
    Assignee: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Shivani Saini, Randy Joseph Peterson
  • Patent number: 7160257
    Abstract: A health management device for pregnant women calculates the amount of change in body fat and the amount of change in total body water between a non-pregnant period and the time of measurement based on the amount of increase in body weight between the non-pregnant period and the time of measurement, and determines the health condition of a pregnant woman based on the calculated amount of change in body fat and amount of change in total body water.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 14, 2004
    Date of Patent: January 9, 2007
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Yasuo Ueda, Motoyoshi Maruo, Yoshihiko Ashitaka, Yuka Honda
  • Patent number: 7137359
    Abstract: A pressure responsive estrus detector includes a housing having a first and second oppositely disposed side walls. A first interior wall is disposed within the housing and connected to the first side wall to create a first fluid chamber. The first interior wall has a top and bottom and an aperture disposed adjacent to the top. A second interior wall is disposed within the housing and connected to the second side wall to create a second fluid chamber. The second interior side wall is disposed adjacent to the first interior side wall. The second interior side wall has a top and bottom, aligned with the top and bottom of the first interior side wall. The second interior side wall includes an aperture disposed adjacent to the bottom. Fluid is disposed within the housing and flowable between the first and second fluid chambers via the first and second interior wall apertures by pressure applied to either one of said side walls by a mounting animal.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: November 8, 2005
    Date of Patent: November 21, 2006
    Inventor: Joe T. Braden
  • Patent number: 7101342
    Abstract: The method of treating a human female menopausal condition, the steps that include determining need for increasing estrogen level in the blood, from a lower level associated with reduced ovarian estrogen production, the determining including measuring vaginal moisture or urethral fluid pH level, at repeated time intervals over a series of days. A test for FSH level in the blood, during those days, may be made for detection of high level FSH in conjunction with high pH level at the vagina to establish need for estrogen therapy, on a confirmatory basis.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 24, 2004
    Date of Patent: September 5, 2006
    Inventor: James C. Caillouette
  • Patent number: 7083575
    Abstract: An electronic device for detecting estrus that may be affixed to the tail-head area of a cow is described. This device permits the accurate determination of optimal breeding time, natural or artificial, based on mounting activity. The device includes a water resistant housing, within which is contained the electronic portion of the device consisting of a controller means, a power means, an activation means, a read data means, and at least one display means; said device determining and subsequently indicating suspected and confirmed estrus based on an algorithm. The invention may be used, for example, with any non-human animal exhibiting standing heats and/or mounting behavior indicative of an estrus cycle for making mounting data determinations related to the estrus cycle and analyzing such data to determine optimal time to breed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 22, 1999
    Date of Patent: August 1, 2006
    Assignee: CowChips, LLC
    Inventors: Rodney Claycomb, Scott Clark, Thomas Ebben, Shawn Koch, Jake Olson
  • Patent number: 7044919
    Abstract: A method for determining the time of maximum fertility in the mammalian ovulation cycle, for the purpose of assisting conception, wherein testing is conducted over a period of days in the current ovulation cycle on samples of body fluid obtained from an individual human subject to detect an elevated concentration of first analyte, such as luteinising hormone (LH) indicative of the event of ovulation, and additionally testing is conducted over a period of days in the current ovulation cycle on samples of body fluid obtained from the individual subject to detect an elevated concentration of a second analyte, such as estradiol or a metabolite thereof, especially estradiol-3-glucuronide (E3G), to provide advance warning of ovulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 2, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 16, 2006
    Inventors: Michael Catt, Rosie L Habeshaw, Keith May, Fiona McNae, Andrew P Phelan
  • Patent number: 6960170
    Abstract: An image processing system for predicting ovulation using a test channel for collecting saliva sample and a miniature camera for capturing the image of the saliva at dried state for analyzing the crystalline patterns for ovulation prediction. A rotary bristle element is attached to the drive head and a notch-like test channel traverses the width of the drive head. A conductivity sensor is mounted on a wall of the test channel for detecting filling and drying of the saliva sample. An algorithm in the microprocessor analyzes the image of the dried saliva and calculates the characteristic line length of line segments of connected saliva dots. A ferning index is also defined and calculated based on the percentage of area coverage of line segments which are exceeding the threshold line length. Trend curves are established based on the daily saliva analysis in a woman's menstrual cycle for predicting days from the ovulation.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Date of Patent: November 1, 2005
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • Patent number: 6937889
    Abstract: Disclosed are method and apparatus for making a decision of possibility of pregnancy in terms of how the values of bioelectrical impedance vary after expiration of a certain length of time since the ovulation day.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: August 30, 2005
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventor: Miyuki Kodama
  • Patent number: 6927064
    Abstract: A fertility determining system employing hormone level measuring apparatus on selected days in a menstrual cycle to determine the levels of analytes, i.e., estrone-3-glucuronide (“E3G”) and luteinizing hormone (“LH”), in early morning urine. The fertility/infertility signalling algorithm relies upon data characterizing the user earlier in that menstrual cycle, and also upon her analyte pattern in past recent cycles. At a point in a menstrual cycle which is user-dependent, the early morning E3G urine level is compared against the lower E3G level earlier in the cycle. The beginning of the fertile period is signalled when a sufficient E3G increase occurs. The end of the fertile period (and, correspondingly, the reestablishment of a period requiring no contraception) is signalled a period after the LH surge. In the absence of an LH surge in any subject, the end of the fertile phase is signalled a period of time following the peak of the E3G urinary metabolite of estradiol.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 5, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 9, 2005
    Assignee: Inverness Medical Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Catt, Carole R. Cunningham, Paul H. C. Mundill, Michael E Prior, Stewart Wilson, Zhi G. Zhang
  • Patent number: 6860859
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to devices for detection estrus-state and/or non-pregnancy in mammals and methods for using the same. The device and/or methods may be of particular use in cattle. The devices disclosed include at least a housing of a size, shape, and outer surface quality permitting it to be securely maintained within a mammals vagina. The housing has at least one interior space for installation of instrument(s) for measuring, intra-vaginally, at least on indicia of estrus (heat) or non-pregnancy, converting the resulting measurement into a signal or signals (electronic or otherwise). The device also comprises a signal transmitting means and, optionally, a remote receiving station capable of interpreting the signal(s).
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Assignee: Monsanto Technology LLC
    Inventors: Vikram P. Mehrotra, Chris R. Redford
  • Patent number: 6861079
    Abstract: A method and kit for enhancing the natural fertility process. The kit includes a vaginal douche that is used prior to intercourse to enhance the sperm transportation and sustaining properties of the cervical mucous. The douche contains a balanced electrolyte solution, polysaccharides, and pH buffers. The kit also includes nutriceuticals specifically formulated for both the male and female which include amino acids, minerals, vitamins, herbs, phytoestrogens, and antioxidants along with a specified dosing regimen. A basal body temperature thermometer and chart is provided with instructions to confirm when and if ovulation will/did occur. Commercially available urinary chemical reagent strips are provided with instructions so as to predict/confirm if and when ovulation will occur. A lubricating medium will also be provided and utilized at the time of intercourse which is nonspermicidal and which contains polysaccharides which influence natural sperm motility.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2003
    Date of Patent: March 1, 2005
    Inventors: Scott M. Sweazy, Jill A. Sweazy
  • Patent number: 6827691
    Abstract: This invention provides a new reagent for detecting a woman's period of ovulation in a quick convenient manner, comprising Component A which can conduct a color reaction with hydrogen peroxide, and Component B (hydrogen dioxide solution). This invention also provides a kit containing said reagent.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 24, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 7, 2004
    Inventor: Xiaohong Peng