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4 Pros and Cons of Using a Fertility App to Get Pregnant

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4 Pros and Cons of Using a Fertility App to Get Pregnant

Getting pregnant is not always as easy as they make it seem in health class. In fact, having a baby requires having sex during a very specific time of the month – when you are the most fertile. Predicting that time is important for conceiving quickly, and now, there is an app for that. Actually, there are several apps for that.

Apps like Ovia and Clue, help women predict the time of the month when they are the most fertile and most likely to successfully conceive. But like anything, there are both pros and cons to using them.

Here are four pros and cons for relying on fertility apps to get pregnant:

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Pro: Fertility Tracking Helps You Conceive Reliably

Fertility tracking helps women understand their fertile window, which is the days of the cycle where it is possible to conceive. Understanding your window of fertility will help you get pregnant because it helps you time sexual intercourse appropriately, and it provides you with a greater insight into your fertility.

Having real insight into your fertility saves a lot of the time it would usually take you to conceive for several reasons. First, you can make sure you have sex on the days when you are most likely to conceive. Second, if you have tried for a period of time, and it just does not happen, you will be more likely to understand whether you need any investigation or intervention into you or your partner’s fertility. Instead of spending years wondering and waiting, you will understand whether doing everything you can naturally is enough.

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Con: Fertility Tracking Is Not Perfect

Understanding how fertility works is important; but it is not an exact science. There is no perfect way to tell exactly what day it is that you will ovulate. Most women’s cycles vary in length, and a variance of even a day can throw off what day you ovulate, which makes narrowing down your most fertile days difficult.

There are other clues that you can use besides to a calendar prediction. Your body temperature raises by around half a degree after you have ovulated. Though, you need to take measurements consistently for this to be useful. Doctors suggest taking your temperature at the same time every morning for best results.

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Alternatively, you can learn more about the changes in your cervical fluid that predict ovulation. When your fluid becomes more slippery and a bit thicker than normal, you are typically at your most fertile.

Pro: Apps Are Helpful Trackers

Fertility apps are designed to track data and provide you with a calendar. You can record your cycle, your temperature, and the consistency of your cervical fluid. Some also allow you to log other details that you find helpful like PMS symptoms or mood changes. All of these things can help you get in better touch with your reproductive system – even if all you want to do is track your period.

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Con: You Need the Right App

You can have all the correct data required ready to go, but if you do not use an app that calculates the data correctly, or don’t have a cell phone with a good signal, you may be back at square one.

Finding the right app is not so easy. A study from Obstetrics & Gynecology found that out of the 33 apps it tests, only three were able to correctly calculate a fertile window for a 28-day cycle. If your cycle varies, or is at a non-standard length, this could become even more problematic.

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Using an app will not help you get pregnant overnight, but what it does do is help you make sense of what is happening in your body. When you are more mindful of all the factors that play a role in conception, it is likely easier to harness your biology, and use it to help you get pregnant faster.

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Last Updated on January 5, 2022

How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

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How to Help Your Child to Get Better Grades

Children are most likely to say that they want to just lounge around or rest for a while after spending hours listening to lecture after lecture from their teachers. There is nothing wrong with this if they had a rough day.

What’s disturbing, is if they deliberately stay away from schoolwork or procrastinate when it comes to reviewing for their tests or completing an important science project.

When it seems that it is becoming a habit for your child to put off school work, it’s time for you to step in and help your child develop good study habits to get better grades. It is important for you to emphasize to your child the importance of setting priorities early in life. Don’t wait for them to flunk their tests, or worse, fail in their subjects before you talk to them about it.

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You can help your children hurdle their tests with these 7 tips:

1. Help them set targets

Ask your child what they want to achieve for that particular school year. Tell them to set a specific goal or target. If they say, “I want to get better grades,” tell them to be more specific. It will be better if they say they want to get a GPA of 2.5 or higher. Having a definite target will make it easier for them to undertake a series of actions to achieve their goals, instead of just “shooting for the moon.”

2. Preparation is key

At the start of the school year, teachers provide an outline of a subject’s scope along with a reading list and other course requirements. Make sure that your child has all the materials they need for these course requirements. Having these materials on hand will make sure that your child will have no reason to procrastinate and give them the opportunity to study in advance.

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3. Teach them to mark important dates

You may opt to give them a small notebook where they can jot down important dates or a planner that has dates where they can list their schedule. Ask them to show this to you so you can give them “gentle reminders” to block off the whole week before the dates of an exam. During this week, advise your child to not schedule any social activity so they can concentrate on studying.

4. Schedule regular study time

Encourage your child to set aside at least two hours every day to go through their lessons. This will help them remember the lectures for the day and understand the concepts they were taught. They should be encouraged to spend more time on subjects or concepts that they do not understand.

5. Get help

Some kids find it hard to digest or absorb mathematical or scientific concepts. Ask your child if they are having difficulties with their subjects and if they would like to seek the help of a tutor. There is nothing wrong in asking for the assistance of a tutor who can explain complex subjects.

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6. Schedule some “downtime”

Your child needs to relax from time to time. During his break, you can consider bringing your child to the nearest mall or grocery store and get them a treat. You may play board games with them during their downtime. The idea is to take his mind off studying for a limited period of time.

7. Reward your child

If your child achieves their goals for the school year, you may give them a reward such as buying them the gadget they have always wanted or allowing them to vacation wherever they want. By doing this, you are telling your child that hard work does pay off.

Conclusion

You need to take the time to monitor your child’s performance in school. Your guidance is essential to helping your child realize the need to prioritize their school activities. As a parent, your ultimate goal is to expose your child to habits that will lay down the groundwork for their future success.

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