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Breaking Down ‘Top 10’ into ‘The One’ – How to Find the Right Fertility Monitor

It seems like every week, a new “Top 10 Fertility Apps” article is published. While it is empowering that women have options for tackling their fertility challenges, these articles often leave readers with more questions than answers, as they often don’t attempt to explain the differences between these solutions.

So how can readers begin to understand which device might work for them, or where to start? We’ve outlined a few steps you can take to help breakdown these wrap-ups and find the truth behind the claims being made.

Make sure the device works for your cycle.

If you have a regular period every month that lasts for about 28 days, many of these apps may work to help you track your ovulation. But if your cycle is irregular, skips months, or you have been diagnosed with a condition like PCOS, many of these tools may not be a good fit. Many devices specifically say whether or not they support women with irregular ovulation or PCOS on their websites, but PCOS-specific sites like PCOS Diva can also provide this information. And if you’re still at a loss for information – ask! A good company should have a responsive and informative support team backing the technology that should be able to answer your questions.

Confirm that the device is backed by proper clinical trials.

With something as delicate as fertility, the last thing you want is to purchase a device, only to find out a few months later it doesn’t work. A company that has conducted clinical trials with their device will proudly promote this on their website, including any published studies that have been conducted. There are three different classifications of what it means to be a medical device, and each class requires different audits and safety standards to maintain that standing. While many fertility monitors aren’t regulated by the FDA, OvuSense is the only Class II fertility monitor on the market (you can read more about our clinical references here). Beyond the website, the company’s social channels will likely boast that the device is clinically supported and could willingly provide references if asked.

Do a quick Google search on the product.

While this will still require some analytical thinking, chances are a company that has been extensively covered in the media (in a positive way!) has customers and partners that support the accuracy of the tool. However, be wary – increasingly brands are able to pay for high-profile exposure, either through ads or influencers, which can impact how often they appear in the media.

Identify what types of support they offer to users.

As we mentioned above, a good company should have responsive and informative support to back up their technology. Going beyond technical support, many companies in the fertility space also offer some type of peer-to-peer support. As many of us at OvuSense have struggled with infertility first-hand, we understand this can be a very isolating time. While we’re happy to answer questions you have about using OvuSense, we know there are times where it’s more helpful to connect with other users who are going through the same thing and are proud to offer a robust Facebook User group. If you’re looking for this type of support, look for companies in the “Top 10” list that offer tools like this.

 

With the widespread use of the internet, support groups, social media, and digital apps, women that are struggling with infertility have more information available to them now than ever before. Yet as we all know, vast amounts of information can be both a blessing and a curse – particularly when there’s no way to differentiate between fact and fiction.

As you start to research your options, we hope these tips help to break down the wealth of information available and help you understand what solutions may work for your unique fertility needs.