Science behind kegg

Through kegg’s intelligent algorithm and decades of scientific research on cervical fluid, kegg equips you with a stress-free fertility monitor.​

Pioneering vaginal data

electrolytes of cervical fluid

Pioneering vaginal data

electrolytes of cervical fluid

Approximately, 2 million women in the US alone track their cervical fluid manually.¹ More than 1 in 5 women would use a fertility awareness method to avoid conception and 1 in 3 women would use it to achieve pregnancy if it were easier.²

On average, most couples are able to get pregnant within six months to a year.³ However, a study of couples using a cervical fluid-tracking method known as the Creighton Model found that 76% of the couples conceived within the first month of trying. The Creighton Model allows couples to recognize when they are fertile and thus, when they are most likely to conceive. 90% of the couples conceived after the third month and 100% after seven months.⁴

Unlocking cervical fluid research

The first scientific research on cervical fluid changes in response to the menstrual cycle dates back to 1946.⁵ After 3 years of R&D, our team of engineers and physicians have applied existing science to tracking this key fertility sign through impedance technology. We are able to track the changes of electrolyte levels in vaginal fluids associated with the beginning and the end of the fertile window.

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Unlocking cervical fluid research

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The first scientific research on cervical fluid changes in response to the menstrual cycle dates back to 1946.⁵ After 3 years of R&D, our team of engineers and physicians have applied existing science to tracking this key fertility sign through impedance technology. We are able to track the changes of electrolyte levels in vaginal fluids associated with the beginning and the end of the fertile window.

What is cervical fluid?

Cervical fluid is a hydrogel that contains mucin molecules, water, and chemical and biochemical compounds like sodium chloride, protein chains, and enzymes. These elements make up the electrolyte structure of cervical fluid and the concentration changes throughout the cycle.⁶ This is essentially what kegg measures!

During the first half of the cycle, rising estrogen levels cause the glands to secrete cervical fluid. When observed, it could look like raw egg-white hanging down at your perineum or sticky like glue stuck on your underwear.

This is all healthy, normal, and a key sign to unlocking your fertility.

cervical mucus relationship with sperm

What is cervical fluid?

cervical mucus relationship with sperm

Cervical fluid is a hydrogel that contains mucin molecules, water, and chemical and biochemical compounds like sodium chloride, protein chains, and enzymes. These elements make up the electrolyte structure of cervical fluid and the concentration changes throughout the cycle.⁶ This is essentially what kegg measures!

During the first half of the cycle, rising estrogen levels cause the glands to secrete cervical fluid. When observed, it could look like raw egg-white hanging down at your perineum or sticky like glue stuck on your underwear.

This is all healthy, normal, and a key sign to unlocking your fertility.

Why is it important?

Cervical fluid plays a critical role in fertility and pregnancy because sperm cannot survive in the vagina unless cervical fluid is present. Did you know that ovulation only happens within one day and once the egg is released from the ovary, it only has 12 to 24 hours to be fertilized?⁷

The reason we’re fertile for longer than 24 hours is because cervical fluid appears before ovulation and extends that small window of fertility to approximately 6 days of your cycle. With the help of cervical fluid, sperm can be kept alive for an average of 5 days.

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Probability of Pregnancy from Intercourse on Days Relative to Ovulation

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Why is it important?

Cervical fluid plays a critical role in fertility and pregnancy because sperm cannot survive in the vagina unless cervical fluid is present. Did you know that ovulation only happens within one day and once the egg is released from the ovary, it only has 12 to 24 hours to be fertilized?⁷

The reason we’re fertile for longer than 24 hours is because cervical fluid appears before ovulation and extends that small window of fertility to approximately 6 days of your cycle. With the help of cervical fluid, sperm can be kept alive for an average of 5 days.

Probability of Pregnancy from Intercourse on Days Relative to Ovulation

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How does kegg track cervical fluid?

Women typically have the most fertile cervical fluid 2–3 days before ovulation, which tends to the best chances for conception.⁸ kegg should detect the hormonal switch from estrogen to progesterone dominance that accompanies ovulation.

During the test, kegg uses very low-level electrical pulses to measure how your cervical fluid affects those pulses. kegg measures those levels and displays them to you in actionable results.

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How does kegg track cervical fluid?

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Women typically have the most fertile cervical fluid 2–3 days before ovulation, which tends to the best chances for conception.⁸ kegg should detect the hormonal switch from estrogen to progesterone dominance that accompanies ovulation.

During the test, kegg uses very low-level electrical pulses to measure how your cervical fluid affects those pulses. kegg measures those levels and displays them to you in actionable results.

How may that look for your cycle?

Everyone’s cycle is unique. The old school rule of “you ovulate on day 14 and have a 28-day cycle” just isn’t true for everyone, and relying on that can skew your chances of conception. The lowest point of vaginal electrical resistivity correlates with positive ovulation.

If ovulation has occurred, then the vaginal readings continue to stay risen throughout the luteal phase due to progesterone taking dominance.

This makes cervical fluid the key fertility sign to pinpointing the fertile window and possible ovulation within each menstrual cycle.

What makes kegg different?

Cervical fluid is the key sign to knowing your full fertile window and peak fertility. With kegg, you can detect your fertile window earlier and more precisely than when testing with ovulation predictor kits (OPKs) or basal body temperature (BBT) alone.

BBT: Can help confirm ovulation after it has happened. Temperature can also be easily skewed by irregular sleep patterns, sickness, or having too much to drink the night before.

OPKs: Used to detect the luteinizing hormone surge in urine that may occur 24-36 hours before ovulation. They neither detect nor confirm the ovulation. You can get a positive OPK without ever ovulating or ovulating without a positive OPK test.

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Note: kegg is not a contraceptive device. kegg is a fertility tracker, which means that you can use kegg as a complementary tool to your preferred fertility awareness-based method. We have a Facebook group specifically for that. Join the conversation here.

A powerful tool for Fertility
Awareness-based Methods

The term “fertility awareness-based methods” (FABM) refers to different ways of identifying the fertile period during the female cycle.

As women can only get pregnant from sex that happens during the fertile window, it’s important to track different fertility signs so you can feel most confident in carefully timing intercourse.

The basis of FABMs relies on her understanding and recognition of her fertility. There are many methods available to track fertility like the Sympto-Thermal Method and Creighton Method, and kegg can be a reliable fertility tracker to help you detect your fertile window and possible ovulation.

Is kegg right for me?

You don’t have to wait to track your cycle until you’re ready to get pregnant. Tracking gives you more insight and information about you – and what’s going on in your body. It’s information that then can become talking points with your health care providers, particularly if things don’t seem to be as they should. And sometimes, just knowing what’s going on can give you serious peace of mind.

Ready to track your cycle?

Ready to track your cycle?

Ready to track your cycle?

References

1. Viergiver E. et al., "Cyclic variations in the viscosity of cervical mucus and its correlation with amount of secretion and basal temperature" Am J Obstet Gynecol. (1946): 51:192-200. doi: 10.1016/s002-9378(16)39892-1

2. www.creightonmodel.com/effectiveness.html

3. https://www.healthline.com/health/pregnancy/how-long-does-it-take-to-get-pregnant

4. Hilgers TW., “Cumulative pregnancy rates in patients with apparently normal fertility and fertility-focused intercourse.” The Journal of Reproductive Medicine, (1992): (10):864-6

5. Odeblad, Erik. “The discovery of different types of cervical mucus and the Billings Ovulation Method.” Bulletin of the Natural Family Planning Council of Victoria 21, no. 3 (1994)

6. Depares, J., R.E. Ryder, S.M. Walker, M.F. Scanlon, and C.M. Norman. “Ovarian ultrasonography highlights precision of symptoms of ovulation as markers of ovulation.” British Medical Journal (Clinical Research Ed.) 292, no. 6536 (1986): 1562.

7. Fehring, Richard J., Mary Schneider, and Kathleen Raviele. “Variability in the phases of the menstrual cycle.” Journal of Obstetric, Gynecologic, & Neonatal Nursing 35, no 3 (2006): 376-384.

8. Jamie L. et al., Mucus observations in the fertile window: a better predictor of conception than timing of intercourse, Human Reproduction, Vol. 19, No.4, April 2004, DOI: 10.1093/humrep/deh173

9. Albrecht. et al., A new method for predicting and confirming ovulation, The American Fertility Society, Volume 44, №2, August 1985

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