This Saturday we will be celebrating my daughter’s first birthday. Just typing that sentence alone blows me away, and brings so much joy to my heart. My daughter is truly a miracle, a medical marvel, and it still amazes me that she’s really here and all mine to love, care for, and treasure.
A Fertility App is not a replacement for a Fertility Doctor. An app is not going to buy you time or reverse it altogether. An app is not going to SOLVE any real fertility issues and only if you're really lucky is it going to hint at them. An app, however thorough, does not diagnose or give someone the ability to diagnose themselves. And until someone releases the ISperm or IPenis or IGuarunteedOvulation or IIntrauterineInsemination, an app is not going to actually knock you up.
For many women who are not getting pregnant right away it’s all about the timing, or actually, lack of timing. A woman’s fertile window is usually 3 to 5 days during her menstrual cycle. You ovulate, and the sperm needs to reach the egg within 12 to 24 hours after ovulation. Sperm can live in the body 3 to 5 days, so you can get pregnant with intercourse just before or after ovulation.
We are taught in our teens how not to get pregnant, and as we should be are concerned with practicing safe sex and using birth control. As a result, many of us don’t realize we might ever have a problem getting pregnant. We get an annual physical, an annual ob/gyn exam, we get our teeth examined annually and cleaned twice a year, but there’s no routine examination of our fertility health.
If you are like so many women who are having trouble getting pregnant, you are using over the counter pregnancy tests to see if this is the month you have finally conceived or ovulation tests to determine the best dates to try and conceive. But how do they work? And are they accurate? Let’s break it down.
There are a number of pregnancy tests on the market in both digital and analog form. Some are more sensitive than others, which influences the accuracy of the test.
I hate acronyms. There, I said it. Judge if ye must.
For example, I can think of only one good reason for using the term "LMAO". If you had, in fact, laughed your ass off, and whilst en route to the hospital to have it reattached, you had to hold said toosh to your body with your good hand and were therefor only able to keep me abreast of the situation with your less skilled typing hand.
Suffice it to say, when I started looking for information online in regards to trying to conceive, though the information was awesome, the use of acronyms made me want to burst into flames.
Rare is the woman who will say she is thankful for having some form of infertility. As a matter of fact, 'rare' may be a pretty liberal word choice. A woman who is thankful - not for her resulting children, not for her doctor, not for the things she's learned along the way, but just for the infertility in the first place - may be more difficult to find than Bigfoot. One thing we can definitely be grateful for? If you're going to have issues trying to conceive, thank God it's in 2013 and not 1913. Or 1813. Or 13.
Not just because of advances in medicine or because recovering from a failed cycle would have been all the more difficult to do in a corset, but because of that one, bottomless resource that's available to you 24 hours a day: The Internet.