Study: Mobile apps that help women get pregnant give bad advice

  • Deborah Lupton

Description

Women who turn to the internet and mobile apps to sort out the best time of the month to try getting pregnant may receive bad advice, a study suggests.

Researchers tested 20 websites and 33 apps designed to help predict what’s known as the fertile window, the days before ovulation when having sex is most likely to result in conception.

Typically, a woman with a standard 28-day menstrual cycle will ovulate around day 15, which would also be the last day of a six-day fertile window.

When researchers asked these apps and websites to give a fertile window for a woman with a 28-day cycle, most of them reliably predicted the day of ovulation, the study found. But only four provided the correct fertile window.

Subject

Digital Sociology; Health

Period17 Jun 2016

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  • TitleStudy: Mobile apps that help women get pregnant give bad advice
    Media name/outletBusiness Insider
    CountryUnited States
    Date17/06/16
    PersonsDeborah Lupton
  • TitleStudy: Mobile apps that help women get pregnant give bad advice
    Media name/outletBusiness Insider UK
    CountryUnited Kingdom
    Date17/06/16
    PersonsDeborah Lupton