With advancing technology, we have come to rely on Apps for many things in our lives, be it shopping, music or social media and now even Apps for your fertility! Recently there has been a great deal of media attention surrounding the benefits of Apps and Monitors for fertility, but can they really help you get pregnant?
My patients tell me that they feel really confused as to which is the best fertility App or Monitor to use. Recent research studies have found that fertility Apps used alone are generally ineffective and do not accurately show a woman when she should try and conceive (Setton et al. 2016; Duane et al. 2016), resulting in even greater confusion.
In this blog I review the most commonly used fertility Apps and Monitors, explain what they are, how they work and who they are useful for.
Most importantly, I review their accuracy, including their ability to identify fertile days and ovulation, as well as considering the customer support they offer and the all-important cost. However, before I start it’s really important to explain one crucial difference between Fertility Apps and Monitors.
If you are trying to conceive it’s very likely that you have given some consideration to your current health. You may have reduce or cut down your alcohol intake, stopped smoking if you were, started to include exercise into your daily routine, eat just that little bit more healthily and even started having daily green juices!
However have you actually spent any time considering how healthy and fertile your mind is right now?
I’m Anca and here’s my story….
For 10 years, my husband and I have been trying to conceive on-and-off.
In January 2015, I started taking inositol and my cycles came back with a bit of diet and swimming. I would have a period about every 35-45 days.
I used OvuSense and it confirmed I ovulate late in cycle – but I do ovulate! I know OvuSense got it right too; I had blood test to back it up showing that I did ovulate when OvuSense said I had.
Summer of 2015, I had two rounds of Clomid and Trigger Shot but did not got pregnant.
I then had a chat with the OvuSense fertility nurse, Kate Davies, in Sept 2015. Kate pushed me to try acupuncture to help regulate my cycles more. I started weekly with acupuncture sessions and with two cycles, I was pregnant in Nov 2015. I sadly miscarried in January 2016.
Unfortunately, I put more weight on after the miscarriage. On the second cycle post the my miscarriage, I was pregnant again! For me, I really believed the acupuncture helped.
Keep trying ladies – keep going and try new things.
I have been with my husband 15 years ttc for 5 of those years and I’m now pregnant!
I signed up for the OvuSense User Study recently to test their new App, not knowing what OvuSense was all about. But as women with PCOS, we get to a point where we are willing to try almost anything to get that baby we have been trying so hard for!
Last month, I used 100mg of clomid along with my monitoring my cycles with my OvuSense sensor. I had my blood drawn to confirm ovulation, so the Doctor said I did not ovulate for the month of May. However, OvuSense said I did!
My husband and I had sex all around the time of OvuSense said I was in my ovulation window & I woke up to this…a positive pregnancy test!
The Dr was already sending me to seek IUI as he said I was not ovulating! I must admit I was just about to throw in the towel as money just is not available to all for fertility treatment costs.
Just as I was going to sign up to keep using my OvuSense Sensor as the free User Study was coming to a close, I can now start buying baby clothes instead!
I want to thank OvuSense for my miracle baby! Ladies when you’re feeling your lowest don’t give up – I just know it’s gonna happen when the time is just right!
Wish us all the luck in the world.
My name is Line and I’m pregnant!
Thank you Ovusense…after 5 years of trying… and 2 cycles with OvuSense, I now have this to show:
When trying to conceive, I took prenatal vitamins and my husband was on a variety of supplements like Zinc and B-vitamin. In addition, my hubby managed got his sperm-count up, from 0.5 million to 4 million.
And by using Ovusense, we got pregnant as we knew exactly when I was ovulating.
Don’t lose hope…! Please keep trying.