We recently wrote a detailed post analyzing the fertility trackers space and the main solutions available for women in their reproductive age. These days we’ve been asked very often what makes kegg different from OvuCore. Formerly known as “OvuSense”.
As we can see, these two devices are very alike in shape. They are both used to help track a woman’s fertility cycle and both are inserted in the vagina … and that’s where the similarities end.
What is being tracked?
OvuSense tracks core body temperatures (cCBT). Continuous core body temperature is the body’s internal temperature, not the peripheral temperature that we measure with an ear, mouth, or skin thermometer. By measuring the minute fluctuations in internal temperature caused by progesterone, it can let a user know after the fact if ovulation has occurred. OvuSense claims to detect impending ovulation 1 day in advance.
kegg tracks the changes of electrolyte levels in vaginal fluids associated with the beginning and the end of the fertile window. On the kegg app, the fertile window most often resembles a “dip” or “valley” in your kegg graph. After ovulation, the shift from estrogen to progesterone dominance results in a rise in your kegg data. In addition to the fertile window prediction which is placed in advance of the fertile window and updated with daily readings, at the completion of your cycle, kegg places an estimated 3 day window of peak-fertility. To make the results more straightforward, kegg also shows your daily fertility status on the app: ‘Low’, ‘Possible’ and ‘Likely’.
Note: No consumer device can confirm ovulation with 100% accuracy without urine or blood work and therefore kegg can only suggest when ovulation might have occurred.
How long is it worn?
OvuSense is inserted and worn through the night during sleep for a minimum of 4 hours.
kegg is inserted for about 2 minutes once a day. About 5 minutes if a user opts for the guided kegel exercises before testing (Remember: kegg doubles as kegel ball).
Down to details
OvuSense is inserted in the vagina and is worn continuously throughout the night. During this time it takes a temperature reading every 5 minutes. In the morning OvuSense is removed and the user uploads the data via bluetooth to the mobile app. An algorithm selects a single temperature chosen for that day based on the readings taken throughout the night.
If OvuSense is taken out when you wake in the night to use the bathroom. It needs to be rinsed before it is reinserted. OvuSense has to be worn for a minimum of 4 hours and should be used around the same time each night. Irregular sleep schedules will interfere with accurate readings.
OvuSense must be removed before intercourse, rinsed off and reinserted. It should not be worn when a woman has a fever or suspects she has a fever.
kegg is used for a minimum of 2 minutes a day. If a woman opts to do Kegel exercises before testing then it’s about 5 mins total. kegg users can conveniently choose a 2 hour time frame to test with kegg each day. kegg is inserted into the vagina to test the electrolyte levels of the cervical fluid and vaginal environment. Read more about the science behind kegg.
kegg harnesses the power of cloud computing and advanced algorithms to analyze the user’s data and provide a fertile window prediction. The fertile window prediction is a 5-day window (marked in green on the app), placed at the beginning of your cycle, during which time kegg predicts your greatest likelihood of conception for your entire cycle.
When kegg is removed it automatically uploads its test data to the kegg mobile fertility app, in real-time.
Cervical fluid or temps? Which is more helpful?
Without cervical fluid, sperm cannot survive within the female reproductive tract. In fact, with the help of cervical fluid, sperm can be kept alive for up to 5 days! No other biological marker has been proven to give such reliable, real-time information for women trying to conceive.
In the week before ovulation, shifting hormone levels cause the cervix to secrete cervical fluid (also known as cervical mucus). Cervical mucus can take on different textures and sensations throughout the fertility cycle; more importantly for kegg, the electrolyte composition of cervical fluid changes to be more hospitable to sperm. Women with regular cycle AND irregular cycles typically have the most hospitable cervical fluid 2–3 days before ovulation. Intercourse on these days tend to be the best days for conception.
Continuous Core body temperature is said to be more accurate than basal body temperatures (BBT) but both can help confirm ovulation after and if it has happened. This leaves trying to conceive (TTC) couples in a guessing game before the temperatures rise. Temperatures can also be easily skewed by irregular sleep patterns, sickness, travel, certain medications, and more.
With kegg, users can conveniently detect the fertile window earlier and more precisely than when testing with body temperature alone. When you know your fertile window, you’re 4x more likely to conceive!*
Price (at time of writing)
- The most popular OvuCore packages is $299 OvuCore Starter Pack (Standard Annual) – 12 months Standard Subscription + $17.00 per month for extra 10 months
- kegg is currently sold at $259, but we do offer $20 OFF to our email subscribers +$30 in FREE goodies (Proov PdG test)*. The companion app comes with no subscription fees.
*Subject to availability