New apps help you track fertility

By Missy Jaramillo

New apps help you track fertility

Trying to get pregnant? There's an app for that! It can be tough for you to know what part of your cycle you're at and when the best times to try to get pregnant are, but now people working in the tech industry are developing an application that may be able to help you get closer to checking days off your pregnancy calendar. According to an article published by Venture Village, a team of researchers in Berlin, Germany, are working on a cell phone app called Clue that could help women track their fertility. 

The isn't the first app designed to help women get pregnant. The news source reported that PayPal co-founder Max Levchin has an app called Glow, which helps mitigate the risk of infertility. The news source spoke to Ida Tin, the chief executive officer of Clue, who explained how this app will be different from the one that Levchin has in the works. 

Fertility apps
Tin explained that Glow was developed by an international team of scientists, doctors and designers. Furthermore, to go along with the app, Tin is trying to create some hardware that is meant to help with family planning. 

"What we really need is a breakthrough technology, a truly high-tech accurate method for family planning, so we can get way past the [birth control pill]," Tin told Venture Village in a recent interview.

Tin explained that people have been wary about using the rhythm method to plan their sex because they do not believe that it's effective. However, a study conducted by Georgetown University researchers in 2002 found that this method - which calls for women to track their ovulation to determine when they are likely to get pregnant -  is 95 percent effective at preventing pregnancy. Remember, these applications are meant to help you determine when you are ovulating, which may not only increase your chances of becoming pregnant, it can also help you avoid an unplanned pregnancy.

Tips for getting pregnant
Along with using these apps, what other things can you do to help increase your chances of getting pregnant? The Huffington Post recommended that you exercise in moderation if you're trying to get pregnant. That's because exercising too strenuously may affect your menstruation, while not working out at all could cause you to become obese, which reduces your chances of getting pregnant. Also, the news source spoke to Steven Nakajima, M.D., who warned against doing tumbling, gymnastics or extreme yoga poses if you've had fertility treatments, since you could damage your ovaries. 

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