Can you “Take control of your reproductive health” as the developer of Glow claims? A recent review of the free app on the Gizmodo technology site says: Yes, you can.
Glow says its will let you pinpoint your ovulation day and track your period with its “advanced proprietary algorithms and its ability to crunch vast amounts of data at multiple stages of the reproductive journey.”
The article on Gizmodo notes “actually made gathering information about cervical mucus (CM) pretty fun (well, as fun as it could be). Using the app was enjoyable. I’d tap in my temperature and other fertility cues during my morning Instagram-feed viewing. Later, I’d fill in basic health information about my day—exercise, alcohol consumption, energy—while riding the bus. (Now the app syncs with fitness trackers to import all that data as well.) When I didn’t log information, the app would ping me. But I didn’t need the reminders very often. I became diligent about tracking. My husband was able to download the app, too, and have access to all my information. Dare I say, it was almost fun.”
The complete review is here.
The company also offers Glow First, which it says is “the world’s first fertility funding community, for those wanting to have a baby as soon as possible.”
The free app is here.
You might soon be able to better control your fertility with a contraceptive-deleveraging implant that can be deactivated wirelessly, MIT’s Technology Review reports.
The device measures 20 x 20 x 7 millimeters, and dispenses 30 micrograms a day of levonorgestrel, a hormone already used in several kinds of contraceptives.
To conceive, women turn off the implant with a remote control; another click of the remote restarts it. It is designed to last 16 years.
Developed by MicroCHIPS, the device will begin pre-clinical testing next year in the U.S., and may be on the market by 2018.
There’s more information here.
One primary problem in getting pregnant: pinpointing when your most fertile.
Fairhaven Health says its OvaCue Fertility Monitor can identify when ovulation will occur to increase your chances of becoming pregnant.
The fertility monitor predicts ovulation up to seven days in advance, and is 98 percent accurate. It’s not a pee-on-a-stick test, either: The OvaCue uses saliva samples to measure changes in electrolyte concentration. You just place the sensor on your tongue for five seconds each day.
It’s $280 here. (Affiliate link.)
Glow is a new fertility tracking app that helps couples trying to conceive a baby.
The free iPhone app collects information about menstrual cycles, cervical mucus, and other physical and emotional states — from which it discerns and advises on how to maximize your chances of pregnancy. The advice comes from medical consultants, as well as anonymized, aggregated data collected from other users about what worked best.
“Our emerging ability to crunch and analyze vast quantities of data will be specifically used to help get you pregnant,” the developer says. “There is nothing more exciting than starting a family. But, the first step of getting pregnant can seem surprisingly difficult at times. Don’t lose hope. Pregnancy is a special experience, and our mission is to bring that experience to you as early as possible.”
Time writes more about it here.