Way back in 2002 when I started trying to get pregnant, I read the most popular book out there about getting pregnant (or not getting pregnant, actually). I also used a variety of charting tools, taking my basal body temp daily and recording it. And let’s not even discuss cervical mucous.
Eventually I switched to using an online tool (that was free back then, but is a pay service now), but it still required that I write down my temp, save it, and then record it once I got to my desktop.
Since then, the world has gone mobile, and while a wide variety of apps already exist that will help you track your most fertile time of the month, the latest option from a cofounder of Paypal is really pretty cool, and looks well on its way to being the best app to help you get pregnant.
Here’s how GLOW describes the app on its about page.
Glow is an ambitious enterprise where for the first time ever, our emerging ability to crunch and analyze vast quantities of data will be specifically used to help get you pregnant.
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.
Since you have to take your basal body temperature before you get out of bed in the morning, having the app on your phone next to the bed would make keeping track of those details much simpler.
Even more interesting, though, GLOW is hoping couples will participate in sharing their data in order to create a large data picture about fertility. In fact, by launching the program GLOW First, the founders of the app are offering potential financial assistance to couples that have been trying and failing to get pregnant for ten months or more. Since infertility treatments are expensive even though I chose my area’s least expensive clinic to work with in my personal infertility journey, it still cost over $15,000 to have a living child this can be great news to those still in the infertility trenches.
GLOW is not yet released, but you can sign up to be notified when it’s live on the home page.