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Only at home test for mothers-to-be | 23rd Aug 2017

Mums-to-be have a lot to think about. Their body is changing, they are experiencing aches and pains and new health challenges they have never even thought about before. It is obviously a very happy yet nervous time for expectant Mums, and the more they can be in control of their health and aware of potential issues, the more confident and at ease they will feel.

Urine leaks are common as mums-to-be approach their due date, tiny leaks of amniotic fluid are rarer, but can be difficult to identify as they are easily mistaken by women as being just urine. When in fact it could be something much more serious, putting both mother and baby at risk.

Now, an at home diagnostic test can take some of that worry away and will alert mums-to be when there is a more serious issue. AmnioSense™ is the only home test available in the UK that can help expectant mums to understand if a fluid leak during pregnancy is more likely to be amniotic fluid or urine.

More than 20 per cent of pregnant women attend hospital reporting they feel wetness, and around half are sent home after undergoing an internal examination to rule out a leak of amniotic fluid . Now this ingenious new medical device, which looks like an everyday panty-liner, can be used to eliminate unnecessary trips to hospital and intrusive medical investigations.

The AmnioSense liners have a central test strip which changes colour when it comes into contact with amniotic fluid, and will stay that way for at least two hours. If the liner comes into contact with urine, the colour will not create at all, or will disappear after 10 minutes.

Another big advantage is that the panty-liner can be worn for up to 12 hours, making it very efficient at detecting small, slow leaks of amniotic fluid. And as the results are stable for at least two hours there is often time for the woman to get to her midwife or doctor and show them the results.

Taking the worry out of leaks | 23rd Aug 2017

While being pregnant is full of joys and elations, most expectant mothers will be aware that they may suffer from aches and pains as the pregnancy develops. A challenge many expectant mothers may not be aware of is urinary incontinence and wetness. It’s not unusual. Research by the Chartered Society of Physiotherapy and Royal College of Midwives confirms that one in three women (34%) experiences urinary incontinence during pregnancy. While this can be embarrassing and uncomfortable, there is no danger for either mother or baby.

However, a leak can be a sign of a premature rupture of the amniotic sac, which may present a risk to mother and baby, and may require immediate medical attention. Estimates vary, and are complicated by differing definitions of PROM in the UK and US, but as many as one in ten pregnancies is complicated by PROM (premature rupture of the membranes)2 and in three out of five cases women go into labour within 24 hours.*

It is therefore crucial to determine if the wetness experience by the expectant mother is due to amniotic fluid, or urine incontinence so the relevant medical attention can be sought.

This is exactly what AmnioSense™ is designed to do; to detect if the leak is due to amniotic fluid. A panty-liner format, the polymer strip inside will turn a blue-green colour when it comes into contact with moisture with a pH of more than 6.5, and amniotic fluid has a pH equal or greater than 6.7.

The pH of urine can vary from 4.0 to 8 , but it also contains ammonia. As a result, AmnioSense includes reagents which react differently to ammonia. This helps eliminate false positives caused by incontinence. In some cases, if the leak is urine, the pad will change colour immediately, but then fade within 10 minutes. The test area will remain a blue-green colour for at least two hours when the reaction has been triggered by amniotic fluid.

AmnioSense takes the worry out of leaks. It can be used by mums-to-be at home so they can easily identify when they need to seek immediate medical attention and can be used by healthcare professional to determine a diagnose. AmnioSense is an evidence-based non-invasive test, and is clinically proven to be as accurate as hospital based tests when compared to the most common tests performed in hospital; sterile speculum examination, microscopic ferning test and pH paper test.

* Reported in a published summary of a congress of the obstetricians and gynecologists

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