ONCE upon a time, no one talked to girls about their bodily functions, particularly where it relates to their sexual organs. As a result, many subjects were taboo and one of the most unmentionable was a woman’s body and how it works. Mothers of the baby boomer generation rarely had conversations with their daughters about biological issues such as menstruation, or its implication of fertility.
GenerationX mothers took the bull by the horn and empowered the Millenials- their children- to know their own body, respect it, look after it and cherish it.
In this post information age, it is therefore not a surprise that a million and one apps have been developed and are being used daily by millions of women across the globe in the enhancement of birth control, pregnancy and fertility. Here are some prominent ones.
Pronounced “New Rx”, Nurx prescribes birth control online and mails it to users, isn’t a boutique service for busy urbanites. It just might be a key player in blowing birth-control access wide open, especially as women’s reproductive health becomes increasingly politicized the world over.
The way Nurx works is simple: you register for a free account online, fill out a questionnaire of basic medical inquiries, exchange a few instant messages with a licensed doctor, and receive a package in the mail containing your birth-control method of choice. There are no consultation or delivery fees, so in most cases if you have insurance, it’s free.
Nurx is designed for both first-time birth-control users and seasoned pros who know what works for them. You can either scroll through an extensive list of combination pills, progestin-only pills, vaginal rings, and emergency contraception (which you can only order just to have on hand; in an emergency it wouldn’t get to you in time); ask a doctor for assistance if this list is paralyzing; or create your own adventure by answering successive multiple-choice questions that lead to your ideal birth-control match.
My Birth Control: “My Birth Control” is more or less like Nurx, except it is provided for informational purposes only and does not constitute medical advice, diagnosis, or treatment.
Clue: By plugging your data into an algorithm that calculates and predicts your own unique cycle, Clue promises a more tailored approach to conception: “The more you use it, the smarter it gets,” it boasts.
It is free and collects data about a woman’s mood in addition to other fertility signs, and is optimized for Apple Watch.
Glow: Glow pinpoints a woman’s fertility cycle also using personalized data to help them conceive faster. Free with the option of contributing to a mutual assistance program which can be used towards fertility treatments if Glow doesn’t help you conceive in 10 months; Glow is brought to you by the co-founder of PayPal, Max Levchin.
The app also engages men to take charge of their fertility, with new support just for them. Like the gals, men log data about their health, which is intended to reveal potential stumbling blocks to conceiving. A super cool feature is that a man’s data can be linked to his partner’s, to produce a full picture of your fertility as a couple.
This app is all about the images. It has beautiful, interactive images for every week of pregnancy. This app is easily customizable for dads, grandparents, or other family members too.
This app also features: Personal diary, daily pregnancy info, weight log, doctor appointment log Diet, exercise and labor info, kick counter, contraction timer, baby shopping list, database of baby names and so on.
My Pregnancy & Baby Today
This app sounds like quite a mouthful but is a great alternative if you like a community around you during your pregnancy. This app easily syncs with The Baby Center (the creator of the app) to their community, so you can chat with other parents who are expecting around the same time as you.
In addition to the Community and Forums, this app also includes: Calendar of things that you can expect from your pregnancy day-by-day, fetal development weekly and includes images and videos, bumpie picture tool, contraction timer, baby registry checklist, kick tracker, countdown to baby’s due date and due date calculator.
This app also includes things to help you with Baby’s First Year like a sleep and feeding guide.