World first in pregnancy care
Many pregnancies are accompanied by certain symptoms: a pulling sensation in the abdomen, abdominal pain or downward pressure. Especially in early pregnancy, these can be worrying symptoms - associated with concerns or even fears of a premature birth. Pregnolia gives professionals a new tool to detect critical cases early or to reassure the expectant mothers - the measurement of cervical stiffness.
Contact the centres that already use the Pregnolia System or ask your trusted doctor.
The ETH spin-off Pregnolia is taking an innovative step into the future with its measuring device for the stiffness of the cervix. Pregnolia provides gynaecologists with a new device for prenatal care  and gives pregnant women a safe feeling for a healthy pregnancy. Current studies also give hope for effective, early detection of premature births .
in the pregnancy care
Until now, gynaecologists have been faced with a mystery: half of premature births occur quite suddenly without any prior symptoms or causes . One of the reasons for a premature birth can be a cervical insufficiency. Softer cervical tissue or shortening can be signs of an impending premature birth . Therefore, the condition of the cervix is examined during pregnancy. Pregnolia now makes it possible to measure cervical stiffness with an uncomplicated procedure - a world first in prenatal diagnostics .
The following health insurances cover the examination through their supplementary insurances:
myFlex Outpatient Insurance
Supplementary insurance Classic, Family, Jump
For all self-paying women, the examination costs 150 - 200 CHF
the cervix softens
before it shortens
During pregnancy, the cervix becomes softer and shorter. Eventually, the cervix will open completely at birth . A very soft cervix can be a sign of an impending premature birth.
A clinical study by ETH Zurich and the University Hospital Zurich has shown that the cervix first softens during pregnancy and only then shortens . This means that the Pregnolia System can identify a change in the cervix earlier than an ultrasound exam may detect a change in length. This is possible only with an objective and sensitive measurement device like the Pregnolia System, which is much more precise than the subjective method of palpation .
The Pregnolia System
The following gynaecology practices and clinics use Pregnolia's measuring device:
gynhealth GmbH, Zurich
Dr. med. Michael M. Rabner, Zurich
Dr. med. Fides Küng Straumann, Zurich
Dr. med. Maja Rohrbach, Männedorf
Dr. med. Matti S. Kuronen, Aarau
Dr. med. Urs Kalberer, Biel
Dr. med. Marin Aljinovic, Bern
Sanamea Zollhaus, Zurich
Klinik Hirslanden, Aarau
Dr. med. Svea Klein, Medbase Uster
Dr. med. Annett Rake, Zurich
Dr. med. Lucian Stroie, Dübendorf
Bethesda Spital, Basel
Dr. med. Magali Léchenne, Delémont
If you are interested in a measurement, please contact the practice directly.
Is your gynaecologist missing from the list? New practices are being added all the time and will be listed here. Contact her/him! Download the brochure for your next consultation. Your gynaecologist can contact us at any time.
Questions and answers about Preventive examination with the Pregnolia System
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 March of Dimes, PMNCH, Save the children, Who. Born Too Soon: The Global Action Report on Preterm Birth. Eds CP. Howson, MV Kinney, JE Lawn.
World Health Organization. Geneva, 2012
 Word K., et al., Dynamics of Cervical Remodeling during Pregnancy and Parturition: Mechanisms and Current Concepts. Semin. Reprod. Med., pp. 69–80, 2007.
 Badir S. et al., A novel procedure for the mechanical characterization of the uterine cervix during pregnancy.
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 Federal Statistical Office: https://www.bfs.admin.ch/bfs/de/home/statistiken/gesundheit/gesundheitszustand/gesundheit-neugeborenen.html