Monitoring Fertility Cycle Patents (Class 600/551)
  • Publication number: 20040193069
    Abstract: There is provided a female physical condition management apparatus which facilitates a user planning activities, comprising physical condition data acquiring means, appearance time estimation means, estimation accuracy determination means, and display means, wherein the physical condition data acquiring means acquires data about physical conditions of a female which appear in a monthly cycle, the appearance time estimation means estimates the oncoming times of appearance of the physical conditions appearing in a monthly cycle of the female based on the acquired data about the physical conditions, the estimation accuracy determination means determines the accuracy of the estimations made by the appearance period estimation means, and the display means displays data about the estimated times of appearance and data about the determined estimation accuracy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 8, 2004
    Publication date: September 30, 2004
    Applicant: TANITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Tomoko Takehara
  • Patent number: 6793630
    Abstract: There is provided a moveable cart for use in transporting an animal, as a male hog, past one or more rows of cages containing sows to permit the determination of estrus in the sows and also to increase the success rate during artificial insemination by permitting snout to snout contact between the sow and male hog, the cart having a base with wheels mounted thereon, at least one wall extending upwardly from the base, and at least one panel for blocking visual access in at least one direction between the interior and exterior of the cart and at least one opening in the wall sized to permit the head of an animal to least partially extend therethrough.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Conception Ro-Main Inc.
    Inventors: Robert Labrecque, Germain Labrecque
  • Patent number: 6793886
    Abstract: A kit (11) is described for the detection of characteristics and parameters of body fluids such as saliva, urine and cervical mucus for the purposes of studying and identifying fertility periods in women, comprising a set of flat plate-shaped supports (3) for samples of said body fluids (F) and a viewer (1) provided with enlargement means, characterized in that each of said flat plate-shape supports (3) for body fluid (F) presents a shallow basin or trap (3p) with a convex bottom entirely surrounded by a raised rim (3r), and is equipped with locking fins (3t) suitable for coupling with structural elements present on said viewer (1) so that it is irreversibly locked onto the latter in a desired relative posititon.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 30, 2001
    Date of Patent: September 21, 2004
    Assignee: Kemifar S.R.L.
    Inventor: Joseph A. Weissmahr
  • Publication number: 20040181167
    Abstract: The invention provides methods and kits for monitoring the status of women's health, including HRT monitoring and determination or diagnosis of ovulation, contraception, pregnancy, menopause, polycystic ovarian disease, and female sexual dysfunction. The method comprises the steps of: (a) collecting a tear fluid from a female human; (b) determining the tear concentration of at least one hormone of relevance to female fertility, sexual differentiation or sexual dysfunction in a female human, wherein the tear concentration is diagnostics of the status of women's health.
    Type: Application
    Filed: March 10, 2004
    Publication date: September 16, 2004
    Inventors: Fiona Patricia Carney, Carol Ann Morris
  • Publication number: 20040171964
    Abstract: The present invention involves a device for family planning and/or countraception, whereby the device has a means for determining basal temperature, a means for input of the first day of the cycle, a means for input of the property of the saliva, a device for processing the data made available by the means, a memory device for storing at least some of the data made available and a display device, whereby the device for processing the data is designed such that a conclusion regarding the woman's fertility on any given day is determined as a function of at least some of the data made available by each means and this conclusion can be displayed via the display device.
    Type: Application
    Filed: November 14, 2003
    Publication date: September 2, 2004
    Inventor: Kilian Heitz
  • Publication number: 20040167424
    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: Application
    Filed: February 20, 2004
    Publication date: August 26, 2004
    Inventor: George Mulcaire-Jones
  • Patent number: 6747917
    Abstract: The invention is related to a menstrual cycle monitor for a human female which includes indicators representing a first day of menstrual bleeding, early infertile days, fertile days, and later infertile days in the menstrual cycle. The indicators together form an ordered set. One indicator of the ordered set is provided with different indicia from indicia provided to other indicators, so as to alert the user of the monitor that she should consult her health care provider if particular circumstances arise. A movable marker also may be provided for indexing with the indicators.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Date of Patent: June 8, 2004
    Assignee: Georgetown University
    Inventors: Victoria H. Jennings, Marcos Arevalo
  • Patent number: 6725088
    Abstract: Disclosed is a female physical condition managing apparatus comprising: a bioelectrical impedance-meter; a memory for storing the so determined values of bioelectrical impedance; a decision-making unit for making a decision about the physical or mental condition of a woman on the basis of the time series analysis, which is made on the variation of the determined values of bioelectrical impedance; and a display showing the physical or mental condition of the woman in the form of graphs. This permits women to realize quickly what physical or mental condition they are put in. The female physical condition includes the premenstrual syndrome.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 20, 2004
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Michiko Baba, Kazue Sato
  • Publication number: 20040049123
    Abstract: An ovulation-monitoring electrical toothbrush containing 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 predicting ovulation. 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: Application
    Filed: September 9, 2002
    Publication date: March 11, 2004
    Inventor: Youti Kuo
  • Patent number: 6685651
    Abstract: A prompting device that can be utilized to remind a user to periodically and regularly perform a breast self-examination is described. The device includes a controller to measure a predetermined interval of time. A proximity sensor is provided to detect a person within proximity of the device after the predetermined time interval has expired. If a person is detected, the controller triggers an alarm alerting the person to perform a task such as examining her breasts. If someone other than the intended user activates the proximity sensor, a means for indicating the person is not the intended user is provided so that the alarm can be disenabled for a delay time period before being re-enabled to subsequently notify the intended user. In at least one operational mode of the device, the predetermined time interval is measured cyclically so that the user is periodically reminded to perform the breast self-examination.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 11, 2003
    Date of Patent: February 3, 2004
    Inventors: Denise M Anker, Marvin L Odefey
  • Publication number: 20040015097
    Abstract: The present invention relates to a method for diagnostic determination of the receptivity of the uterine epithelium, in particular the time of the window of implantation within the menstrual cycle, and to a device for carrying out the method.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 2, 2003
    Publication date: January 22, 2004
    Inventors: Hans-Werner Denker, Michael Thie, Hanna Tinel
  • Publication number: 20040006282
    Abstract: Two electrodes for contacting consistently a selected position in the vaginal fornix of a mammalian female such as a cow are brought to the desired position so as to allow daily measurements indicative of the follicular waves and then of the optimal time for insemination. The detection of the follicular waves makes it possible to anticipate optimal breeding time first by 10 days and then by 3 days. The monitoring of the animal's reproductive cycle consists of daily measurements of admittance or small AC current generated by time-varying voltage of small amplitude and sufficiently high frequency. The consistent electrode placement is achieved using a configuration capable of entering the fornix and/or engaging the cervical protrusion in one of two ways. In one type of embodiment the electrodes are imbedded at the distal end of a probe shaft that is attached at its proximal end to an electrode-orientation mark carrier such as a self-contained electronic assembly.
    Type: Application
    Filed: June 30, 2003
    Publication date: January 8, 2004
    Inventor: Vaclav Kirsner
  • Patent number: 6669650
    Abstract: A breast self-examination prompter device having the purpose of prompting a user to perform a routine breast self-examination is described. The device includes a “Start” for activating the device and selecting a time cycle. A motion sensor is used to detect if a person is located near the device and cause the device to alert the person that the selected time cycle has been completed. The device also includes a micro-controller that provides control logic, timer and power control circuitry. An audio/visual component comprising one or both of an indicator light and an audible alarm is provided to alert the person. When the timing interval has expired and the motion sensor detects a person's presence, the micro-controller activates the audio/visual component. Also, the device includes a “Exam Complete” button for stopping the device.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: April 24, 2002
    Date of Patent: December 30, 2003
    Inventors: Denise M. Anker, Marvin L. Odefey
  • Patent number: 6665561
    Abstract: Disclosed is a female physical condition managing apparatus, which permits a female user to make a quick decision as to which physical phase of the monthly body condition she has presently in terms of how the value of BI is changing. Also, an advisory message appropriate for health care is given to her. For example, the degree of swelling appearing for the PMS period is determined, and a most appropriate advice is given to her. Likewise, she can be advised while continuously watching the difference between the present weight and the target weight. The values of BI measured every day are shown in the form of graph, accompanying pieces of information of physical condition as determined.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 16, 2003
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Michiko Baba, Tamaki Shoji, Miyuki Kodama
  • Patent number: 6656130
    Abstract: Disclosed is a female physical condition managing apparatus comprising: a bioelectrical impedance-meter for determining BI values; a memory for storing the so determined BI values; a decision-making unit for making a decision about the monthly physical condition of a woman on the basis of the time series analysis of the variation of the BI values; and a display showing the so made decision on the monthly physical condition of the woman and a BI transition symbolic curve. This permits women to realize quickly what stage has been reached in the monthly physical condition. Presentation of measurement in the display is so dynamic that the viewer may not feel bored while the measurement is being made.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Date of Patent: December 2, 2003
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoko Takehara, Kazue Sato, Tamaki Shoji, Michiko Baba
  • Publication number: 20030144602
    Abstract: The invention is related to a menstrual cycle monitor for a human female which includes indicators representing a first day of menstrual bleeding, early infertile days, fertile days, and later infertile days in the menstrual cycle. The indicators together form an ordered set. One indicator of the ordered set is provided with different indicia from indicia provided to other indicators, so as to alert the user of the monitor that she should consult her health care provider if particular circumstances arise. A movable marker also may be provided for indexing with the indicators.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 27, 2002
    Publication date: July 31, 2003
    Inventors: Victoria H. Jennings, Marcos Arevalo
  • Patent number: 6600696
    Abstract: The present invention is an electronic device or chronometer for use by women of various ages to monitor their menstrual, ovulation and menopausal cycles, as well as their pregnancy. The device displays information relating to a woman's menstrual cycle or pregnancy readily useful to the woman, including the dates of her last and next menstrual cycles, the number of days that have elapsed since the last menstrual cycle, and the next peak ovulation day. If desired, the day(s) a woman expects PMS can also be displayed, such as for those who severely experience the associated symptoms. With respect to pregnancy, the date of conception, the baby's probable due date, and weeks into the pregnancy, among other things, can be displayed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 22, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 29, 2003
    Inventor: Lynn Lynn
  • Patent number: 6592529
    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 31, 2001
    Date of Patent: July 15, 2003
    Assignee: Pheromone Sciences Corp.
    Inventor: Douglas M. Marett
  • Publication number: 20030130592
    Abstract: The present invention relates to methods of monitoring the menstrual cycle and/or the first half of pregnancy in a female by assessing the adhesion of lymphocytes from the female to uterine or lymphoid histological tissues from a pregnant animal or an animal that has been treated with gestational hormones. The method can be used to determine the ability of the lymphocyte donor's immune system to recognize and respond to an environment suitable for sustaining a pregnancy.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 25, 2002
    Publication date: July 10, 2003
    Applicant: Heath Research, Inc. Roswell Park Division
    Inventors: Barbara Anne Croy, Sharon S. Evans
  • Patent number: 6585663
    Abstract: A method and test kit for providing contraceptive advice during the human ovulation cycle, involving simply the measurement of urinary lutenising hormone (LH) concentration on a daily basis during the early phase of the cycle until the LH surge indicative of ovulation is detected, together with calender means to advise the user to abstain from unprotected intercourse during a time interval commencing not later than a predetermined first day of LH testing and ending at least 2 days following the day of LH surge detection.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 1, 1997
    Date of Patent: July 1, 2003
    Assignee: Inverness Medical Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: John Coley, Paul J Davis, Stephanie J Senior
  • Publication number: 20030120173
    Abstract: The present invention is directed to 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; and phase identification means for identifying a phase within the menstrual cycle. In one aspect of the invention, the system further comprises: 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. In another aspect, the system comprises: storage means for storing predetermined information; and delivery means for delivering the predetermined information in response to the phase identified by the phase identification means.
    Type: Application
    Filed: January 24, 2003
    Publication date: June 26, 2003
    Applicant: The Procter & Gamble Company
    Inventors: Shivani Saini, Randy Joseph Peterson
  • Patent number: 6582377
    Abstract: This invention introduces a high accuracy fertility-no-fertility choice device for women. The device-indicator is based on precise examination of the saliva estrogen and for that purpose is used either linear or circular polarized light, plus quick spectral and contrast analysis. All features of the device are built in a special purpose individual mini microscope.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 20, 1998
    Date of Patent: June 24, 2003
    Inventors: Christopher Van Michaels, Maria Schneider
  • Publication number: 20030083590
    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: Application
    Filed: October 26, 2001
    Publication date: May 1, 2003
    Applicant: Athena Feminine Technologies, Inc.
    Inventors: Joel S. Hochman, George Sarkis
  • Patent number: 6550652
    Abstract: A patch assembly having pre-applied pressure sensitive adhesive for semipermanent attachment to a live animal is described. This assembly permits the easy and clean attachment thereof to live animal. Further, the assembly prevents skin irritations while maintaining superior bond strength and, in turn, remaining intact and attached to the animal for extended periods of time. The invention may be used, for example, for device attachment to human and non-human animals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Date of Patent: April 22, 2003
    Assignee: DDx, Inc.
    Inventor: Robert E. Whitaker
  • Publication number: 20030069515
    Abstract: A device for detecting the condition of heat of an animal, in particular a pig, comprising a reaction-detecting means for detecting a heat-related reaction, such as a standing-reflex. There is disposed at least one stimulation means for stimulating the animal to give the heat-related reaction. The demonstrated reaction is compared with a reaction which is characteristic of a particular condition of heat.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2002
    Publication date: April 10, 2003
    Applicant: Lely enterprises AG, a Swiss Limited Liability Company
    Inventors: Antoon Peter Andre Theelen, Elena Espada Aventin
  • Patent number: 6545951
    Abstract: The present invention is an electronic device or chronometer for use by women of various ages to monitor their menstrual, ovulation and menopausal cycles. The chronometer displays information relating to a woman's menstrual cycle readily useful to the woman, including the dates of her last and next menstrual cycles, the number of days that have elapsed since the last menstrual cycle, and the next ovulation day. If desired, the day(s) a woman expects PMS can also be displayed, such as for those who severely experience the associated symptoms.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 21, 1997
    Date of Patent: April 8, 2003
    Inventor: Lynn Lynn
  • Publication number: 20030028122
    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: Application
    Filed: July 31, 2001
    Publication date: February 6, 2003
    Applicant: Pheromone Sciences Corp.
    Inventor: Douglas M. Marett
  • Publication number: 20030013988
    Abstract: Disclosed is an apparatus for measurement of woman's body, comprising: a body parameter input unit; a menstruation date input unit; a physical condition phase estimation unit; and a display unit. According to the present invention the body parameter input unit enters the body parameter of a person under test, and the menstruation date input unit enters the date of menstruation of the person under test. Furthermore, the physical condition phase estimation unit estimates the phase of physical condition of the person under test to which the measurement day belongs, based on the date of menstruation of the person under test entered by the menstruation date input unit and the formulas for estimation of phase of body condition.
    Type: Application
    Filed: July 11, 2002
    Publication date: January 16, 2003
    Applicant: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Miyuki Kodama, Tomoko Takehara
  • Patent number: 6488635
    Abstract: Apparatus and a method for monitoring animal exhalation, to provide an indication of the condition of an animal is disclosed. Apparatus for collection and temporary or permanent storage of animal exhalation sample is disclosed, together with apparatus for conditioning a sample prior to analysis. A method of conditioning a sample prior to analysis is also disclosed. Use may be made of the above mentioned apparatus and method in the diagnosis of the condition of an animal. Conditions of interest include metabolic conditions of animals such as dairy cattle; these can be monitored by measuring analytes in the exhaled breath, emanations from the milk or both. Use may also be made of said apparatus and method in the detection of antibodies present in samples of blood, milk and mucus particulates in exhaled breath. It is preferred that the monitoring apparatus is portable.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: May 10, 2000
    Date of Patent: December 3, 2002
    Assignee: BTG International Limited
    Inventor: Toby Trevor Fury Mottram
  • Publication number: 20020156394
    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: Application
    Filed: April 18, 2002
    Publication date: October 24, 2002
    Inventors: Vikram P. Mehrotra, Chris R. Redford
  • Patent number: 6468223
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for monitoring, predicting and detecting ovulation during the menstrual cycle of a female subject is based upon daily changes in frequency of an oscillator circuit when a capacitive oral sensor is placed in contact with the subject's saliva. An oral sensor that forms a component in the oscillator circuit contained in a hand-held, portable device includes a pre-programmed integrated circuit device with data processing and control capacities, data storage and display means for measuring, recording and processing historical baseline data and relative frequency changes within the subject's current menstrual cycle.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 22, 2002
    Inventor: Kamal Kaga
  • Patent number: 6461308
    Abstract: A process of determining the presence of an abnormal condition within the body of a human female with a probe which contains a first conductive helical surface and a second conductive helical surface. In this process, the probe is abraded until its conductive helical surfaces are substantially free of oxidation products. Thereafter the probe is sterilized, the first helical surface is charged with a negative polarity, the second helical surface is charged with a positive polarity, and the probe is inserted into a human female's vagina to stimulate the flow of mucous. The resistance between the first and second helical surfaces is measured, and from this measurement is calculated the conductivity of the mucous within the female's vagina. This process is repeated several times over a period of time determine whether the mucous conductivity pattern of such period of time is within normal bounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Probe Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie R. Smith
  • Patent number: 6461309
    Abstract: A process of determining the presence of an abnormal condition within the body of a non-human female with a probe which contains a first conductive helical surface and a second conductive helical surface. In this process, the probe is abraded until its conductive helical surfaces are substantially free of oxidation products. Thereafter the probe is sterilized, the first helical surface is charged with a negative polarity, the second helical surface is charged with a positive polarity, and the probe is inserted into a non-human female's vagina to stimulate the the flow of mucous. The resistance between the first and second helical surfaces is measured, and from this measurement is calculated the conductivity of the mucous within the non-human female's vagina. This process is repeated several times over a period of time determine whether the mucous conductivity pattern of such period of time is within normal bounds.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: March 13, 2001
    Date of Patent: October 8, 2002
    Assignee: Probe Diagnostics, Inc.
    Inventor: Leslie R. Smith
  • Patent number: 6458550
    Abstract: Ovarian autoimmunity is implicated in ovarian dysfunction associated with premature ovarian failure (POF) and unexplained infertility. A rapid, quantitative, and inexpensive method of clinical diagnosis of ovarian autoimmunity is provided. Diagnosis is provided by detection of autoantibodies that react with an ovarian antigen, 17 -alpha-hydroxylase. This diagnostic method is applicable to ovarian autoimmunity unassociated with polyglandular disease.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: January 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: October 1, 2002
    Assignee: Rush-Presbyterian-St. Luke's Medical Center
    Inventor: Judith L. Luborsky
  • Patent number: 6454726
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the status of a current ovulation cycle of an individual human female subject, involving testing of the body fluid concentration of an analyte of significance in relation to the status of the ovulation cycle, such as urinary E3G, during at least part of the pre-ovulation phase of the current ovulation cycle of the individual subject, and identification from the results of such testing an analyte concentration change indicative of imminent ovulation, relative to an analyte concentration reference value that has been adapted to the individual human subject on the basis of analyte concentration test data obtained from the individual human subject during one or more previous ovulation cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 10, 1996
    Date of Patent: September 24, 2002
    Assignee: Inverness Medical Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Catt, John Coley, Paul J Davis
  • Publication number: 20020111561
    Abstract: An apparatus and method for monitoring, predicting and detecting ovulation during the menstrual cycle of a female subject is based upon daily changes in frequency of an oscillator circuit when a capacitive oral sensor is placed in contact with the subject's saliva. An oral sensor that forms a component in the oscillator circuit contained in a hand-held, portable device includes a pre-programmed integrated circuit device with data processing and control capacities, data storage and display means for measuring, recording and processing historical baseline data and relative frequency changes within the subject's current menstrual cycle.
    Type: Application
    Filed: February 12, 2001
    Publication date: August 15, 2002
    Inventor: Kamal Kaga
  • Patent number: 6434422
    Abstract: Disclosed is a method and apparatus for judging a recovery of physical condition of a puerperal woman, wherein a bioelectric characteristic of the puerperal woman is measured and a value thereof is stored, and the recovery of her physical condition is judged based on the variation thereof. Further, the bioelectric characteristic of the woman in non-pregnancy period or at an early stage of her pregnancy period and the bioelectric characteristic of the puerperal woman are measured, and the recovery of her physical condition after delivery is judged based on the comparison between these bioelectric characteristics.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 1, 2000
    Date of Patent: August 13, 2002
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Shoji Tomoda, Syuji Ueda, Kentaro Kimura
  • Patent number: 6419637
    Abstract: A forecasting system takes advantage of an E-mail system of the internet to forecast different days of a following menstruation period of a woman via different terminals, such as a mobile telephone which supports WAP and a personal computer which is capable of connecting with the internet. The working of the forecasting system includes entering via a terminal relative information of menstruation of a woman, establishing a data base in a data server of the internet depending on the entered information, calculating an ovulation day, impregnable days, starting and ending days of a following menstrual flow of the woman, and sending out inquired forecast information to the woman via the different terminals.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: August 3, 2000
    Date of Patent: July 16, 2002
    Assignee: TrustMed.Com Corporation
    Inventors: Weily Cheng, Hui-Wen Cheng
  • Patent number: 6402699
    Abstract: The invention relates to a method of making a decision on the monthly physiological condition of a female body, such as ovulation and PMS, an apparatus which makes such decision, and an apparatus which produces some data for such decision. To enable such decision to be made, the bioelectric impedance of the female body is determined periodically to provide a historical record of bioelectric impedance representing how it has been varying; and a required decision is made by comparing the present bioelectric impedance with the historical record of bioelectric impedance or the historical record of bioelectric impedance is displayed, representing how it has been varying.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 7, 2000
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Miyuki Kodama, Hitoshi Sato
  • Patent number: 6403380
    Abstract: A method of providing warning of the onset of the fertile phase of the human ovulation cycle, involving measurement in absolute or relative terms of the body fluid concentration of an analyte such as estradiol or a metabolite thereof wherein if in the current cycle a concentration measurement conducted at about the termination of menses reveals a body fluid concentration that is typical of that found in the body fluid of an average human female subject about 3 days prior to the time of ovulation during a 28-day cycle, the current cycle is immediately declared to be in its fertile phase. Where the a analyte is E3G, the E3G concentration measurement is conducted on at least one or numerical days 4 to 7 of the current cycle, counting from the onset of menses, and the fertile phase is declared immediately if the E3G measurement reveals a concentration equal to or greater than a threshold concentration chosen in the range of about 25 to about 35 ng/ml.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: February 18, 1997
    Date of Patent: June 11, 2002
    Assignee: Inverness Medical Switzerland GmbH
    Inventors: Michael Catt, Keith May
  • Patent number: 6369338
    Abstract: Disclosed is an improved weighing scale for determining a most appropriate antenatal weight of a pregnant woman for each number of the weeks since conception on the basis of the “antenatal weight-to-week” relationship identified in terms of the BMI of the pregnant woman, which index is determined from the height and progestational weight of the pregnant woman, and for making a comparison between the so determined most appropriate antenatal weight and the weight of the pregnant woman measured each week.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: July 31, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 9, 2002
    Assignee: Tanita Corporation
    Inventor: Kentaro Kimura
  • Publication number: 20020040195
    Abstract: Disclosed is a female physical condition managing apparatus comprising: a bioelectrical impedance-meter for determining BI values; a memory for storing the so determined BI values; a decision-making unit for making a decision about the monthly physical condition of a woman on the basis of the time series analysis of the variation of the BI values; and a display showing the so made decision on the monthly physical condition of the woman and a BI transition symbolic curve. This permits women to realize quickly what stage has been reached in the monthly physical condition. Presentation of measurement in the display is so dynamic that the viewer may not feel bored while the measurement is being made.
    Type: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Publication date: April 4, 2002
    Applicant: Tanita Corporation
    Inventors: Tomoko Takehara, Kazue Sato, Tamaki Shoji, Michiko Baba
  • Publication number: 20020040194
    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: Application
    Filed: October 2, 2001
    Publication date: April 4, 2002
    Applicant: TANITA CORPORATION
    Inventor: Miyuki Kodama
  • Patent number: 6364844
    Abstract: Improvements in a diagnostic system for determining and/or monitoring a physiological condition in a female mammal are disclosed.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 19, 2000
    Date of Patent: April 2, 2002
    Inventors: Jennine Regas, Philip George Chelf Regas
  • Publication number: 20020026124
    Abstract: A patch assembly having pre-applied pressure sensitive adhesive for semipermanent attachment to a live animal is described. This assembly permits the easy and clean attachment thereof to live animal. Further, the assembly prevents skin irritations while maintaining superior bond strength and, in turn, remaining intact and attached to the animal for extended periods of time. The invention may be used, for example, for device attachment to human and non-human animals.
    Type: Application
    Filed: May 9, 2001
    Publication date: February 28, 2002
    Inventor: Robert E. Whitaker
  • Patent number: 6342041
    Abstract: A support for a casing containing a detector for detecting estrus in cows. The support comprises a natural fiber patch having a surface area in the range from approximately 0.04 m2 to approximately 0.06 m2 which supports a substantially rectangular case which receives the detector and is placed substantially at the center of the patch. The detector for detecting estrus in cows is housed in a casing supported by the support. The support comprises a baseplate capped by a cover.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: October 21, 1999
    Date of Patent: January 29, 2002
    Inventors: Jean-GĂ©rard Saint-Ramon, Michel Houdou
  • Patent number: 6309843
    Abstract: An isolated and purified glycoprotein designated PUP-1 and functional analogs thereof are disclosed and characterized by being a progesterone induced and estradiol inhibited secretory glycoprotein from stromal cells of endometrial origin; having an N-terminal amino acid sequence as set forth in SEQ ID No:1; having a molecular weight of 70,000 daltons and an isoelectric point of 5.7; and synthesized by endometrium at the time of fertilization, early embryogenesis, and implantation. The present invention further provides a method of determining endometrial receptivity, monitoring placental physiology during gestation, and monitoring the effects of protocols to induce ovarian hyperstimulation or ovulation induction on uterine receptivity by monitoring the cyclic presence of PUP-1 in bodily fluid and tissue samples.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: September 18, 1998
    Date of Patent: October 30, 2001
    Assignee: The Curators of the University of Missouri
    Inventor: Kathy Lynn Timms
  • Publication number: 20010027276
    Abstract: There is provided a moveable cart for use in transporting an animal, as a male hog, past one or more rows of cages containing sows to permit the determination of estrus in the sows and also to increase the success rate during artificial insemination by permitting snout to snout contact between the sow and male hog, the cart having a base with wheels mounted thereon, at least one wall extending upwardly from the base, and at least one panel for blocking visual access in at least one direction between the interior and exterior of the cart and at least one opening in the wall sized to permit the head of an animal to least partially extend therethrough.
    Type: Application
    Filed: December 26, 2000
    Publication date: October 4, 2001
    Inventors: Robert Labrecque, Germain Labrecque
  • Patent number: 6234974
    Abstract: A method of monitoring the status of a current ovulation cycle of an individual human female subject, involving testing of the body fluid concentration of an analyte of significance in relation to the status of the ovulation cycle, such as urinary E3G, during at least part of the pre-ovulation phase of the current ovulation cycle of the individual subject, and identification from the results of such testing an analyte concentration change indicative of imminent ovulation, relative to an analyte concentration reference value that has been adapted to the individual human subject on the basis of analyte concentration test data obtained from the individual human subject during one or more previous ovulation cycles.
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 24, 1996
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Unilever Patent Holdings B.V.
    Inventors: Michael Catt, John Coley, Paul J Davis
  • Patent number: 6236318
    Abstract: In a system for identifying a plurality of cattle bred on a livestock farm and detecting an estrus state thereof, an apparatus for detecting and identifying any one of cows in the estrus state, comprising a switch mounted on a caudal part of a corresponding one of the cows in such a manner that it can be operated when a different one of the cows mounts the corresponding cow, an encoder for generating an inherent identification code with respect to the corresponding cow in response to the operation of the switch, a radio transmitter/receiver circuit for transmitting the inherent identification code from the encoder externally by radio and receiving an external identification code by radio, a decoder for decoding the external identification code received by the radio transmitter/receiver circuit to detect an identification code value therefrom, a comparator for comparing the identification code value from the decoder with a prestored identification code value of the corresponding cow to determine whether the tw
    Type: Grant
    Filed: December 29, 1999
    Date of Patent: May 22, 2001
    Assignee: Republic of Korea (Management:Rural Development Admnistration)
    Inventors: Boh-Suk Yang, Sung-Jae Park, Gi-Sun Im, Sung-Jong Oh, Hyun-Suck Yang, Sung-Joon Lee