What's behind your fertility app's algorithm and is it the right one for you?

It is easy enough to download an app, insert a medical device, like OvuSense or OvaCue, in your vagina overnight, or put on a bracelet, like Ava, overnight — all with the aim to track your fertile window in hopes of timing intercourse to become pregnant or avoid pregnancy. However, women often rely on these devices without understanding how their body works and what exists behind each app’s algorithm.

In order to properly evaluate what app or device is right for you, it is critical to understand the foundations behind the amazing machine — the woman’s body. Doing so allows you to properly evaluate a given app’s or device’s effectiveness rather than being subjected to good marketing.

Additionally, tracking is not just about trying to get pregnant or avoid it altogether. Tracking informs us of potential health concerns. Sadly, however, many of these concerns aren’t even discussed or diagnosed until a woman struggles with infertility. This leads to to suffering, grinning and bearing pain for years because no one is listening, or worse yet, thinking a given symptom is normal and not knowing something can be done about it.

Imagine, instead, looking at these tracking tools in a broader sense — as a way to easily monitor your body so that you can be aware of its rhythm, identify when it is out of rhythm, and have ideas around what could be wrong. This would lead to more effective conversations with your doctor and in fact, the awareness would empower you to stand up for yourself if your doctor dismissed your symptoms. And yes, these conversations could also be about your fertility.