Current fertility technology was invented at the same time as the floppy disk drive.

We think it’s time for an upgrade.

To really know us, you need to understand why fertility means so much to us.

After hours of interviews with reproductive endocrinologists specializing in infertility, we learned that patients aren’t the only ones frustrated with an outdated process – doctors are too.

A major hassle for many patients is waking up at the crack of dawn to get blood work drawn. ‘Refreshing’ is a word we would use to describe a kale + banana smoothie, but not a 7 am appointment with a phlebotomist.

 

At Zergo, we’re imagining a future for fertility clinic patients where they can skip the blood draws entirely.

LH, FSH, PdG and E2 are hormones that flow through your body acting like little chemical levers that control your ovulatory cycle. To get a snapshot of what’s going on, the status-quo is to extract a little sample via veni-puncture. From your perspective, that’s why you’re “gunning-it” to the clinic at 6 am every morning. But it doesn’t have to be this way…

For a fraction of the cost of the entire IVF cycle, it’s possible to get that snapshot to your doctor’s desk, without you having to leave the house. First of all, no, we’re not expecting you to train yourself in the art of phlebotomy. It turns out that you can get an equally accurate snapshot from a urine sample. That’s right, liquid gold, or something like that because your urine is full of information about those chemical levers we spoke about before.

Having resolved the whole “needle-in-the-arm” problem, one issue remains: is urine accurate enough for the doctors to impose reliable interventions? The answer is: yes. In fact, fertility experts are already making the switch. More doctors want to offer patients remote care, and we are all for it.

 

That’s why we’ve developed the most accurate hormone monitoring device, that tests samples of urine, not blood. The best hormone tests today can differentiate between 10 mIU/mL and 15 mIU/mL, but ours can differentiate between 15.1 mIU/mL and 15.2 mIU/mL. The best part is that this lab-grade resolution is affordable.

We’re still early on in this journey but if this sounds like something you’d find useful, get in touch with us – we’d love to hear from you.

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