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Using Next-Gen Tech to Aide Fertility

Next-gen technology is used throughout all phases of pregnancy. From ultrasounds that can diagnose potential complications to highly detailed, 3D imagery that is capable of revealing the baby's gender, most new parents don't even realize the amount of tech that is used when giving birth in the 21st century. As such, it makes sense to use technology to aide conception, too.

Using Your Smartphone to Ease the Process

While unexpected miracles happen all the time, a great deal of time and thought goes into a planned pregnancy. There are already many apps on the market that women can use to track their menstrual cycle to determine the ideal timeframe.

{{|Kindara}} touted as "the world's best fertility app," combines science and technology to provide a highly accurate window of fertility. A premium version, Kindara Premium, is available at a price of $4.99 monthly or $49.99 annually. Simliar apps include Clue, Virtual Nurse, Baby Bump, and others.

But today's technology is limited to simplified and streamlined smartphone apps. Some of the world's top tech developers and manufacturers are teaming up to produce some of the most innovative and useful devices to date.

{{|Ava}}, a wearable wristband that tracks and collects the wearer's skin temperature, breathing patterns, pulse rate and more, is an affordable device that is already available on the consumer market. All of the data collected by the wristband is exported directly to the smartphone app for easy viewing.

'''Don't Forget the Men'''

It takes both a male and a female to make a baby – but the majority of fertility aides are clearly meant for women. But this isn't to say that the male half of the equation is ignored entirely – men's fertility tech is just much harder to find.

{{|Trak Fertility}}, which has been cleared by the FDA, is an at-home sperm analysis test that gives men the opportunity to take such a test in total privacy. The device, which currently carries a cost of $200 for four tests, analyzes the male's sperm to determine its healthiness.

{{|Glow}}, an app that was originally developed to track women's fertility cycles, received a recent update to track men's reproductive health, too.

Jennifer Tye, vice president of partnerships and marketing with Glow, provided some details on the new update by saying: "We’re asking things that people don’t talk about in polite conversation, but they’re really important to tracking your fertility. Sleep duration, fitness, proximity to heat, as you enter that in, the information gets logged and we will get an insight — probably telling you something that exposure to heat is not good for sperm quality."

Other organizations are currently doing research into new forms of male fertility tech and even more, similar devices are expected in the near future.

Pregnancy in the 21st Century

Most pregnancies in the 21st century aren't as straightforward as previous generations. With the amount of tech in our daily lives growing exponentially, it should come as no surprise that we'd use it to support healthy living – including pregnancy – at an increasing rate. Although we still have hurdles to overcome before the technology is perfected or even accepted as mainstream, it's safe to say that the groundwork has been laid.


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