Getting Pregnant: There’s a More Accurate App for That!

mm   in Pregnancy - May 29, 2015

Getting Pregnant: There’s a More Accurate App for That!

Tick. Tick. Tick. Are you hearing the sound of that biological clock? It may be a new sound for you or you may have been hearing it for quite a while. That sound can be quite frustrating if you have been trying to get pregnant for a long time.

As modern women, we no longer want to wait around for things to happen to us. We create our own futures. Advancements in societal thinking and technology have enabled us to be more in control of our own lives than ever. At work, we command higher salaries and own our own companies. In our personal lives, we can order new furniture for the new baby’s room while sitting on our couch or schedule a playdate on our Facebook Mommy Group page while standing in line at the grocery store. Technology has made nearly everything “just a click away”. If only getting pregnant was that easy!

Visits to fertility doctors, ovulation kits and pregnancy tests can feel like a way of life for those of us trying again and again to conceive that perfect little one we have been dreaming of. The emotional and financial toll that months of pregnancy attempts can take can be quite costly. The answer to so many dilemmas is, “There’s an app for that!” Until recently that wasn’t true about getting pregnant. However, the time for fertility to enter the technological ages has come. Incredibly, when you want to start planning your pregnancy, there is an app for that!

If you haven’t heard of an app for getting pregnant, you may want to start looking into it. A “fertility monitor app” can shorten your wait for a baby by months or even years. We are advancing and science is on our side.

The 3 Fertility Signs

An effective fertility monitoring app will measure a total of three fertility signs: basal body temperature, luteinizing hormone, and cervical mucous. The more you know about these three physiological indicators, the better you will be able to understand the critical timing of conception. So let’s delve in for a quick fertility lesson.

  1. Basal Body Temperature: BBT rises to a peak at ovulation and returns to baseline a day or so before the next period begins to confirm ovulation. Progesterone is the hormone that takes over at ovulation in order to incubate a possible pregnancy. It falls just before the next period, when a pregnancy has not occurred and estrogen becomes the dominant hormone to allow another ovulation.
  2. Luteinizing Hormone: LH is released before ovulation. This is an internal sign that, until recently, has only been measurable in a laboratory after a visit to the doctor’s office. Now, “there’s an app for that!” Technology has advanced to empower us to measure this hormone on our own using the devices that accompany the fertility monitoring app. Luteinizing hormone is critical to monitor because it reaches its peak as the egg is being released from the ovary; ovulation. Knowing this critical information can inform you that today is the day to go for pregnancy!
  3. Cervical Mucous: The third critical fertility sign is an outward sign that you can monitor on your own and enter the data into the app. Cervical mucous follows a specific fertility pattern leading up to ovulation. It changes in quality from a sticky, drier substance to a lotion-like quality, and then at your fertile peak it becomes a clear, stretchy substance, very much like eggwhite. Eggwhite quality cervical mucous indicates your most fertile time of the month. Sperm swim towards the egg best in this fertile substance that serves as an open road to fertility. The lesser quality, more dry and sticky mucous, actually tends to block the sperm from reaching their destination.

How each sign is different?

Monitoring these three fertility signs, you will be confirming internally and externally from the comfort of your own home when the best time to try to get pregnant is and also when that fertility window has closed. Not all fertility monitoring solutions are created equal though, so it pays (in time and money saved) to do your research.  Measuring and tracking only one piece of critical “getting pregnant” data, basal body temperature (BBT) is not enough. Depending on BBT alone only tells you after ovulation (the best time to get pregnant) has already gone. The fertility window has passed.

Depending on luteinizing hormone alone will only tell you that ovulation is about to happen, identifying the approach of the peak of fertility. Luteinizing hormone does not, however, confirm ovulation, as BBT does. Knowing that you are indeed ovulating on a regular basis is a crucial piece of fertility monitoring information. Both signs are necessary to monitor and track with your cycle.

The quality of cervical mucous is highly important as well, although depending on monitoring its presence alone will not confirm that you have ovulated. Corroborating your body’s story with all three fertility signs empowers you to know the most about your fertility.

Wouldn’t it be cool if the same fertility monitor app could not only help you get pregnant, but also help you confirm that you have succeeded, that you are indeed pregnant? Actually, there IS an app for that. An app that saves you time and money on all of those fertility visits and ovulation predictor kits now also saves you from having to buy pregnancy tests in bulk. Some fertility apps will guide you to measure another hormone called HCG, human chorionic gonadotropin, when the time is right. This hormone is released by the body when a pregnancy has been successfully achieved. It is the hormone tested by most pregnancy tests. Isn’t technology great?!

It used to take a doctor’s understanding of the body’s inner workings to assist those of us suffering from infertility.  We now possess the ability to gather and analyze all of this information in the comfort of our own homes. This is an amazing advancement in the science of getting pregnant. Avoiding the thousands of dollars and months or years spent in efforts to achieve pregnancy through visits to fertility doctors can be a highly motivating reason to look into fertility monitor apps. Women’s health is advancing and fertility monitoring apps are part of the revolution!

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