The 21st century developments in science and technology have opened up new horizons for Natural Family Planning methods. Within the last 10 years, smartphones and apps, combined with new technological devices, have given husbands and wives new options for using an NFP method that works for them, either to achieve or postpone pregnancy in line with God’s plan for life and love.
New technology is not just empowering for women to understand their health and fertility. The new and emerging gadgets and apps provide an entrée for husbands to engage with NFP and discuss it with their wives.
Some devices are better at achieving pregnancy than delaying pregnancy. Some devices work better for postpartum than others. Some devices excel at both, but may cost more. In any case, a couple should do their research, and if they find a method that they think might work for them, they should seek out an instructor that can help them learn the method that works for them.
Here are some NFP devices:
- Clearblue Fertility Monitor: This device measures LH and estrogen female hormones — not the effects of the hormone — through a morning urine sample. The device is used in conjunction with the Marquette Model of NFP, and its protocols for postponing or achieving pregnancy, including for postpartum women. Data is recorded on the device, and can be entered into the tracking app of choice.
- Advanced Clearblue: This Clearblue device also measures LH and estrogen hormones with a daily urine sample, but sends the information via bluetooth to a cell phone app. This is another possibility for use with the Marquette Model of NFP.
- Tempdrop wearable thermometer: This is wearable NFP tech developed in Israel. The Tempdrop is secured to an armband at night, and records a woman’s basal body temperature as she sleeps. The device syncs to the Tempdrop app or the Ovuview app.
- Ava: This device is worn like a wristwatch and tracks skin, temperature, heart rate, sleep quality, and other bodily signs. The device then syncs with its app on a woman’s smartphone in the morning. It is used for cycle tracking, fertility tracking, and can assist health monitoring during pregnancy.
- Kindara Wink thermometer: this is a bluetooth basal body thermometer that syncs to the Kindara app. Upon waking a woman takes her temperature and the data is sent to the app.
- Femometer thermometer: This BBT thermometer syncs to the Femometer app, which, as of publication, is available only through the Apple Store. Again, a woman takes her temperature with the device upon waking, and the data is synced to the Femometer app via Bluetooth.
- OvaCue Fertility Montitor: The OvaCue system is a monitor that measures electrolytes to predict ovulation by means of an oral sensor and a vaginal sensor. The data then syncs to an app on a mobile device.
- Pearl system: This system involves a smartphone, an app, and hormone test strips. A woman can wake up any time, but takes a sample of the first morning urine and tests for LH and FSH hormones. A woman then takes a picture of the test strips, and the app interprets the data. The system will be in English, Spanish, German, and French.
- BluDiagnostics Fertility Finder: This emerging tech device analyzes hormones in saliva, and displays the results. It is designed to help women who have challenges conceiving. The start-up company was formed in 2015 by Katie Brenner, a mom who struggled with her own fertility challenges, and has advanced degrees in electrical engineering, bioengineering, and biochemistry.
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