Patent Number: 6,169,914

Title: Devices and methods for monitoring female arousal

Abstract: Devices and methods according to embodiments of the invention measure physiological changes that occur in the female during sexual arousal. These include changes in clitoral, vaginal-artery, and/or vaginal-capillary blood flow, clitoral engorgement, and bioimpedance, to name a few. Feedback devices and methods assist a patient or medical professional to determine when arousal occurs and what its best triggers are for a particular patient. Overnight arousal-event monitoring, or other continuous monitoring over extended periods of time, either at home or away from home, allows diagnosis of vasculogenic impairment or other problems. The effects of medicinal therapies aimed at female sexual dysfunction can be quantified and used to titrate proper dosages. Embodiments of the invention provide objective, quantifiable measures of multiple physiological variables associated with female arousal, in a manner heretofore unseen in the prior art.

Inventors: Hovland; Claire T. (Minnetonka, MN), Knoll; L. Dean (Brentwood, TN), Abrams; Jerome H. (St. Paul, MN), Olson; Curtis E. (St. Paul, MN)

Assignee: Urometrics, Inc.

International Classification: A61B 5/00 (20060101); A61B 8/06 (20060101); A61B 10/00 (20060101); A61B 005/00 ()

Expiration Date: 01/02/2018