Years ago deciding to have a baby seemed like a straightforward concept—methods of conception predominantly involved increasing your sexual activity with your partner. Now living within a technologically focused generation, it seems only natural that investors have begun to capitalise on devices that allow both men and women to track their fertility. But how accurate and effective are these new technologies, and are there other precautions, lifestyle changes and techniques that can boost your chances of conceiving?
Pros of fertility apps.
- These apps use personalised data to map your unique menstrual and ovulation cycle.
- Many devices can be synced with other apps or accompanying technology like Apple Watch.
- Most apps include additional forums and articles, connecting you with like-minded individuals and useful, researched information.
- High-end models can take daily temperature, saliva and cervical mucus readings, whilst identifying mood and PMS symptoms for more accurate data collection.
Cons of fertility apps
- While apps are a helpful aid, they are not a perfect science and readings can often be misleading.
- Although free apps are available, more advanced features come at a hefty price—especially models that include monitoring gadgets for collecting samples.
- They aren’t as helpful for women with irregular cycles.
- Different apps use alternative methods of tracking an individual’s ‘fertile window’. Some may use more reliable data than others, therefore it’s important to do your research beforehand.
According to NHS Choices, over 80 percent of couples where the woman is under 40 will be able to conceive naturally within one year of having regular unprotected sex. Of those who don’t successfully conceive in the first year, about half will do so in the second year. If you are concerned about your fertility or simply want some reassurance, request an appointment with your doctor to undergo fertility testing. These examinations take time—and a woman’s fertility declines with age—so it’s vital to make an appointment with a professional early on.
Alternative fertility tests
These are designed to check the mount of progesterone in your blood, which indicates whether or not you are ovulating.
Ultrasound scans can be used to check a woman’s womb, fallopian tubes and ovaries. It can indicate any blockages to the fallopian tubes or issues occurring elsewhere in the body.
By analysing a semen sample, medical professionals will be able to evaluate whether individuals have a low sperm count or abnormal sperm movement.
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