Can I start using inne at any time during my cycle?
You've received your inne mini lab and can't wait to start testing, but are wondering whether you should wait until your next cycle begins? Here is what you need to know:
The inne system is designed to capture the dynamic pattern of your day-to-day progesterone levels by comparing measurements from your follicular phase (pre-ovulation, low progesterone) and luteal phase (post-ovulation, high progesterone).
Your progesterone 'baseline' from the follicular phase is essential for accurate detection of the progesterone rise around ovulation. Therefore, the results visualised in your app can only be interpreted safely if you have used inne throughout your follicular phase.
However, starting your inne journey straight away is a great idea! By doing so, you already get a feeling for using the strips and establish a nice routine for your very own 'inne moment' :)
Are there any rules for the daily saliva test?
We invite you to experiment and to actively explore saliva collection to find a comfortable method, time and place to take the daily test. Once you get the hang of it, it will feel like second nature! However, in order to record accurate progesterone levels, it is important to follow these two rules:
- Take the test inside your set daily 3-hour testing window.
- Make sure that no foreign substances have been in your mouth since 30 minutes prior to testing (e.g. no eating, drinking, kissing, tooth brushing, mouthwash, chewing gum)
How do I place the strip in my mouth?
Think of a lollipop.
The collector pad of the inne STRIP should be placed on top of your tongue. It does not matter if the strip is upside down or right side up - only that it is in contact with saliva for it to absorb.
You only need to have the collector (thin part of the strip that holds the collector pad) in your mouth. This ensures that the rest of the strip is free from saliva and your hands stay clean during activation.
Are there any methods for saliva collection?
Yes, there are two methods we have observed so far:
The Prepared collector
The Active collector
- Accumulating saliva in the front of your mouth..
- Place the strip in your mouth - make sure the collector pad can soak your saliva - close your mouth.
- Use your tongue to gently push more saliva toward the collector pad.
- Place the strip in your mouth - best if the collector pad sits above your tongue - close your mouth.
- Use your tongue to gently stroke the collector pad with saliva so that it can be absorbed.
- Try to make sucking movements with the back of your cheeks (think: making a bird face!) to help shift saliva around your mouth towards the tip of your tongue where the pad is held.
What if my mouth is dry?
Let's get your saliva production going.
Did you know that the nerves that control saliva production are part of a reflex system in the medulla oblongata in the brain? There are ways to activate your natural reflex to promote saliva production. Let's try it!
Do some mouth yoga:
Moving your jaw or swallowing. These actions can activate your saliva production as they remind your body of eating.
Stimulate your senses:
Seeing, smelling, or the thought of food can increase in your saliva production as your body starts preparing for eating.
Keep in mind:
whatever you do, you can not taste, eat or drink anything 30 minutes before taking the test.
Can I interact with the strip in my mouth?
Yes! Feel free to experiment with finding a position that is comfortable for you and works best to allow saliva to reach the pad.
Gently moving the collector pad around in your mouth can help saliva to reach the collector. You may also try to use your tongue and cheeks in different ways to help bring saliva from around your mouth toward the collector pad.
The "worst thing" that can happen is that the collector pad falls off. If this happens, don't worry. Take a new inne strip and retake the test. Now, you will have a better idea of how much you can interact with the collector pad. You will get the hang of it in no time.
How do I know that I have collected enough saliva?
The collector pad is a 100% cotton-based, highly absorbent material, dimensioned to hold the amount of saliva needed to run the test successfully.
Three cues to tell you if you have collected enough saliva:
- The surfaces of the collector pad appear thoroughly wet/soaked
- The collector pad has expanded - the thickness expands up to 25-30% when fully saturated. Observe and compare the collector pad before and after saliva collection.
- A thin coating of saliva on the surface of the pad indicates that it is fully saturated.
The pad fell off when I was collecting saliva.
No worries, you can take a new inne STRIP and retake the test.
The collector pad becomes more sensitive when wet. Bending the plastic or applying pressure to the pad can make it fall out.
To avoid the pad to fall off in the future, here are some tips:
- Avoid biting on the collector pad. You might compress the fibers, which can reduce the overall absorption capacity of the pad.
- Avoid applying too much pressure on the collector pad with your tongue and palate but rather allow it to expand freely as it absorbs saliva - it's like a little sponge.
- Avoid flicking, bumping or bending the inne STRIP collector when the absorbent pad is wet as this can cause it to fall off.
The collector pad was already loose when removing the inne STRIP from the pouch.
- Take a new inne strip and retake the test.
- If you encounter this issue several times, please contact our customer service email@example.com and we will help out.
Where can I find a system manual in my language?
The inne SYSTEM MANUAL is currently available in English, Swedish and German. We will work to include additional languages as we expand the number of countries eligible for sales.
The inne SYSTEM MANUAL can be accessed here in your preferred language: EN