Are you fertile? There’s an App for That!

Women who want to track their fertility are increasingly turning to smart technology. But can they count on it for accuracy? Maybe not, say researchers in a recent study of nearly 100 fertility awareness apps. The authors found that most do not employ evidencebased methodology. The study, published in July in the Journal of the American Board of Family Medicine, also found that many apps include a disclaimer discouraging use for avoiding pregnancy. The study was led by Marguerite Duane, MD, MHA, FAAFP, adjunct associate professor at Georgetown University School of Medicine and executive director of Fertility Appreciation Collaborative to Teach the Science (FACTS). The report lists just six apps with either a perfect score on accuracy, or no false negatives (days of fertility classified as infertile).

“When learning how to track your fertility signs, we recommend that women first receive instruction from a trained educator, and then look for an app that scored 4 or more on mean accuracy and authority in our review,” says Dr. Duane.

Now where’s the app that changes diapers?