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Ovia Fertility quick start guide: 5 things to do first

Welcome to Ovia Fertility (and if you aren’t a user yet, get it free)! Here’s what you should do first:

1. Log what’s happening today

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Log today’s details by clicking on the “+” icon on the top right of your home screen.  You’ll see small icons on the right side of your screen for each thing you can track, from periods to workouts. Try logging your mood now by tapping all the emotions you’re feeling today, then scrolling all the way to the bottom of the page and hitting “Save.”

Logging details like your mood, cervical fluid, intercourse, and sleep is at the heart of Ovia, building a timeline of when you’re most fertile and giving you personalized feedback. You can log your information piece by piece over the day or all at once!

2. Explore your timeline

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Ovia is full of articles, achievements (called Ovations), shareable content, and personalized feedback based on your activities, including your daily Fertility Score. You and your conception journey are unique, so we built your Ovia timeline to react to you. No two women’s experience using Ovia will be the same.

Ovia breaks down what you need to know in easily-digestible bits. Open the app while waiting in line, learn something helpful about your fertility, and revisit it whenever it’s convenient.

3. Check your calendar

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Your Ovia Fertility calendar is the easiest way to visualize your monthly cycle, including the fertile window in which you’re likeliest to conceive. Just click the calendar icon at the top of your screen.

Look over the month view for an overall picture of your cycle, or click individual days to see and update information you logged in the past.

4. Talk about yourself to learn about yourself

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Wondering if your fertility experiences are normal? MyQ tells you how your answers to conception-related questions compare to other Ovia users. It’s one of our most-loved features!

  Find it in the left sidebar, then start answering questions about yourself. You’ll learn not only how you compare to other women, but you’ll get useful fertility facts as you go. MyQ can be addicting: most people answer about 200 questions, and 20% of Ovuline’s users have answered all 800 questions.

5. See your fertility chart

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Tap the menu icon on the top left of your screen to open a side menu, then click “fertility chart.” Every time you log your information, Ovia charts your fertility to show you peaks, valleys, and patterns that can help you conceive faster.

You may not see a lot on your fertility chart now, but a lot will be happening after a few days of tracking your data!

Thank you!

Thanks for taking the time to get to know Ovia Fertility. The app is our baby and our effort to help every woman to be more informed and empowered over her fertility. If you have any questions, please let us know!

50,000 Ovia users have gotten pregnant!

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Since its launch in late 2012, our Ovia Fertility app has helped more than 50,000 users conceive. That’s a current rate of one pregnancy every four minutes!

We’re humbled that our technology played a role in building thousands of new families. There’s no more meaningful work that we could be doing.

Our mobile apps combine big data, machine learning, wearable tech (they sync with FitBit, Jawbone, and Withings), and fertility algorithms, achieving conceptions up to three times faster than the national average.

For those trying to conceive (or avoiding it), Ovia Fertility provides women a daily Fertility Score based on the personal information they log each day, such as moods, cervical fluid, sleep, and period data. Users see exactly when they’re most fertile.

Ovia Pregnancy harnesses tens of millions of data points to provide expectant mothers with individual feedback on their daily progress. The app provides unique feedback to users, including alerting women when their symptoms could be dangerous.

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Just like those new Ovuline babies, we’re growing too. Over the last year, we’ve had a:

  • 784% increase in users, with about 50,000 new signups each month
  • 4166% increase in user-submitted data points to 50M total (a current rate of 1M every three days)
  • 3x increase in our majority female team, from five to fifteen
  • top-ranked spot for both Ovia Fertility and Ovia Pregnancy, which reached number two in the Apple Store’s Medical category

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And we’re just getting started. It’s time that women had real science on their side.

Thank you to all of our amazing users, friends, families, investors, and supporters, and here’s to an even more incredible 2014!

Valentines of pregnancy, sex, and romance stats

sex during pregnancy stats Ovuline

I hate to reinforce the gender stereotype that women love talking about themselves, but…many of us do. It’s a good thing.

At Ovuline, that love of self-expression translates into millions of data points on sex, moods, periods, and more from pregnant and trying-to-conceive women. It’s users helping other users.

We turned the most interesting stats into a Valentine:

Ovuline Valentine's Day MyQ infographic

We also found that 81% of our users (remember, they’re women of child-bearing age) don’t make time for date nights more than once a month; 39% never talk about politics with their partner; and 44% say they’ve come up with ways to keep sex fun while trying to get pregant. Of pregnant users, 39% say they’ve had an increased sex drive since conception.

My data scientist co-workers and I combed through aggregate data that our 300,000 Ovia app users provide through MyQ, an optional question-and-answer feature, pulling out anything even slightly romantic.

Ovia MyQ sleep question

When Ovia users answer MyQ questions, they get immediate statistics on how their answers compare to other women. People love it. The more questions that the community answers, the more data there is to help answer the age-old reproductive health question: “Is this normal?”

MyQ, and the Ovia app itself, may be one of the largest data studies on reproductive health ever collected. Our users add one million data points every three days. They’ve reported tens of thousands of pregnancies. This is the first time we’ve shared a piece of that data.

Oh, and Ovia Fertility and Ovia Pregnancy are free; we’d love to hear what you think.

Happy Valentine’s Day!

Sarah A. Downey is Ovuline’s Director of Marketing. She’s a lawyer, fitness fan, and video gamer. Contact her at Sarah [at] Ovuline [dot] com.

Ovia Pregnancy quick start guide: 5 things to do first

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Welcome to Ovia Pregnancy (and if you aren’t a user yet, get it free)! Here’s what you should do first:

1. Log what’s happening today

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Log today’s details by clicking on the “+” icon on the top right of your home screen. You’ll see a tile for each thing you can track. Click on “moods” now to try it. Select how you’re feeling, then hit “Save” at the top right when you’re finished.

Logging details like your mood, workouts, and sleep is at the heart of Ovia, building a timeline of your pregnancy and giving you personalized feedback.

2. Get a Critical Alert

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Tap the “+” icon on the home screen to track your pregnancy, then click on “Symptoms” and “Add New Symptom.” You’ll see that the five most common symptoms for your week of pregnancy appear at the top; these change each week to show you what’s normal to expect.

Log “paleness” and “fatigue/exhaustion” now, then return to your home screen. You’ll see a Critical Alert in red, warning you that being tired and pale can be a sign of anemia and suggesting that you should call your healthcare provider.

Ovia’s Critical Alerts are based on the unique combinations of symptoms that you track. They’re perfect for those uncertain moments when you aren’t sure if your symptoms are serious enough to warrant a call or visit to your doctor. We’ve already delivered thousands to our Ovia Pregnancy users.

3. Explore your timeline

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Reading those big baby books can be intimidating, so Ovia breaks down what you need to know in easily-digestible bits. Open the app while waiting in line, learn something helpful about your pregnancy, and revisit it whenever it’s convenient.

Ovia has hundreds of articles, achievements (called Ovations), shareable content, and personalized feedback based on your activities. You and your pregnancy are unique, so we built your Ovia timeline to react to you. No two women’s experience using Ovia will be the same.

4. See what’s safe to eat

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Sometimes you need a quick answer on whether that cheese or fish is okay to indulge in while you’re expecting. Ovia Pregnancy makes it easy!

Let’s try looking up whether bacon is safe to eat during your pregnancy. Open Ovia’s food lookup, then either scroll through the alphabetical list of hundreds of foods or start typing in “bacon” in the search bar. You’ll get your answer fast.

Ovia’s lookups for foods, medications, and symptoms are ready on-demand under the “Resources” sidebar.

5. Talk about yourself to learn about yourself

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Wondering if your pregnancy experiences are normal? MyQ tells you how your answers to pregnancy-related questions compare to other Ovia users. It’s one of our most-loved features!

Find it in the left sidebar, then start answering questions about yourself. You’ll learn not only how you compare to other women, but you’ll get useful pregnancy facts as you go. MyQ can be addicting: most people answer about 200 questions, and 20% of Ovuline’s users have answered all 800 questions.

Thank you!

Thanks for taking the time to get to know Ovia Pregnancy. The app is our baby and our effort to empower every woman to have a more informed and healthier pregnancy. If you have any questions, please let us know!

Ovia Pregnancy App is Born!

Introducing Ovuline’s newest Iphone app, Ovia Pregnancy! Get the app now! Or sign up on the web!

Throw away the baby books! Take control of your pregnancy health by downloading the most comprehensive pregnancy app available for iOs7, Ovia Pregnancy by Ovuline!

Tons of features…
• Daily updates on your baby’s development
• Alerts for health risks based on your data
• 400+ articles

All the tools you could want…
• Track your weight, symptoms, moods and sleep!
• Kick counter + contraction timer
• Charts and timeline of your data
• Searchable database of Medications and Foods To Avoid  

NEW OVIA PREGNANCY APP BY OVULINE COMING SOON!

We’re excited to give you a secret sneak preview of our new pregnancy tracking app, Ovia Pregnancy by Ovuline.  

Track your pregnancy weight, symptoms, food, and more! Get immediate feedback on your health throughout pregnancy. And receive immediate alerts if something you report may indicate a health risk.

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Journal your pregnancy milestones and keep track of things to do with notes and tags. Get updates on your pregnancy and your baby’s development minute by minute.

Book Review: Expecting Better, by Emily Oster

By Andy Blackett             

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Expecting Better is a must read for anybody who is pregnant or trying to conceive, as Dr. Emily Oster shines a light on the real, meaningful data, and empowers women to take control of their pregnancy. Dr. Oster doesn’t seek to change anybody’s behavior, just to educate and inform, letting women know that they have a choice, and that their doctor’s hardline recommendations may not always be right for them. Like Ovuline, Dr. Oster truly understands that every woman, baby, and pregnancy is different – there is simply no one-size-fits-all guide that everybody will agree with, or needs to. The right data can teach us a lot about the world we live in, and Emily Oster gets that – the traditional pregnancy guidelines needed a breath of fresh, empowering air, and Expecting Better does just that.

Upon getting pregnant, Dr. Oster, like most women, was quickly exposed to the prohibitive and antiquated mandates from her doctor about all of the things she could and could not, should and should not do during pregnancy, but unlike most women, she asked herself the question that lies behind every chapter, paragraph, and sentence of the book: “where’s the evidence?” She starts out by examining the conventional wisdom of conceiving by addressing topics like the best day to have sex relative to ovulation, how long it takes to get pregnant after coming off birth control, and perhaps most relevant to many, the age-old belief that fertility declines after 35 (which likely derives from a study conducted in the 1800s), using evidence and reason to assert that while fertility and egg-quality do in fact decline with age, there is no fertility cliff on your 35th birthday - or as Emily puts it, no “retired-eggs” - fertility declines for everybody differently, and 35 is not a magic number. So while a 25-year old is statistically more likely to be able to conceive faster than a 35-year old, it’s entirely possible that the 25-year old has particularly poor egg quality, and the 35-year old particularly viable.

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Fall Fertility Boosting Recipe: Ginger Cakes

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Oh fall - the nieces and nephews are starting a new year of school, the air is getting crisper, and the leaves are changing colors. For those of you who are TTC, fall might mean tougher access to your favorite super nutritious, fertility-boosting foods like berries and summer squash, but fear not, because there are tons of delicious meals you can whip up in the fall that are great additions to any conception-conscious diet. Ginger has been recognized as a fertility-boosting herb for years and years, so why not include it in your breakfast?

Ingredients:

1 pancake mix (the “just add water” kind)

1 tablespoon ground ginger

1 teaspoon vanilla

1 teaspoon cinnamon

Topping:

1 tablespoon powdered sugar

½ tablespoon cinnamon

Directions: First, prepare the pancake mix according to directions on package for 4 to 6 servings, then add ginger, vanilla and cinnamon (but make sure not to overmix, otherwise your pancakes will be too tough). Then cook the mixture on medium-high heat on a skillet, and top it with light margarine and sugar, and your breakfast is ready!

Ovuline is now 1 year old!

Happy Birthday to us!

We’ve been really busy aiding couples’ journeys to pregnancy this past year, helping 100,000 women and collecting over 10 million data points, and our hard work is paying off! “A year ago, we set out to revolutionize fertility and pregnancy, and empower women to take control of their health and bodies like never before, but we never imagined we’d help so many people, so fast,” gushed Ovuline President & CEO Paris Wallace, “we couldn’t be happier with the direction the company is moving.”

And neither can Ovuline users! In the words of one user, “1 year of trying and nothing…3 months of Ovuline and pregnant! My cycle is very irregular, so it was really neat actually knowing when I was going to ovulate in advance”.

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When Founder and CTO Alex Baron started Ovuline, he wanted to create a better way to predict the fertile window and get pregnant faster, taking into account all relevant metrics into an advanced algorithm, but it only grew from there. “I did not think we would have accomplished so much in one year. We are growing faster and faster everyday, and constantly refining our algorithm to be as precise as possible. It takes Ovuline users only 2 months to get pregnant on average, 3x faster than the national average.”


Not bad for a 1-year-old.