Development of Hormone At-Home Testing Kits

The ability of couples to conceive is highly dependent on hormonal levels. With age, conception becomes more challenging and there is a direct need for women to control their fertility by monitoring their hormone levels, mostly Estradiol. The purpose of this project is to develop an at-home testing kit for estradiol monitoring. By developing a sensor which is hyphenated to a wireless data transmission system, estradiol in saliva can be detected and the measurements made by the sensor can be transmitted through Wi-Fi to an app that can track estradiol levels over periods of time.

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Monitoring hormone levels in saliva can be used to assess female reproductive health, which can yield many benefits to individuals. For example, those that have fertility issues can use hormone levels in saliva to improve their chances of conception, while the monitoring hormone levels over time could also be used to track and help treat disease. The project proposed here will yield a simple, and inexpensive tool that can be used at home (not in a clinic) to allow one to monitor hormone levels in saliva over time, e.g., daily.

How can hormone monitoring can improve women's health?

Eli Health is developing a novel biosensing device to monitor sex hormones in saliva and a mobile application that leverages machine learning to interpret them. The mission of the organization is to enable women to take control of their health across their lives. It will first commercialize the device for fertility and contraception applications. In collaboration with Seasy Huang and academic supervisor Dr. Charlotte Usselman, this research explores other use cases where of hormone monitoring can have a positive impact on women's health.