Does using mobile apps increase fertility awareness?

Yes, such conclusions were reached by researchers analyzing the knowledge of several hundred Australian women using apps related to reproductive health. Many previous studies confirm that women in developed societies still have insufficient knowledge about factors that affect their fertility, such as age or unhygienic lifestyle. Rapidly developing technologies can be supportive in providing them with reliable and needed information.

The researchers conducted an anonymous survey of 673 female respondents in Australia for statistical purposes. The women answered questions about their knowledge of their cycle, fertility and factors affecting it (such as age, cycle/ovulation disorders, smoking, obesity, as well as pregnancy miscarriage rates and infertility treatment.

The results were compared across study groups: women who used apps related to women’s reproductive health and those who did not use such tools. In addition, socio-demographic data was collected as well as information on the features that were most frequently used by the participants of the study seeking support in mobile solutions.

Of the women who participated in the study, 43.09% reported using mobile applications related to fertility and pregnancy. On average, among all female respondents, the correct answer was given in three out of six questions about fertility. Female mobile app users were more likely to score better than average. They indicated the correct answer to the question about the course of the cycle. The higher level of knowledge may be due to the fact that the most frequently used function of the app is cycle monitoring.

The Australian study confirms the benefits of mobile apps for female fertility and reproductive health. Such tools may become an important carrier of knowledge and information crucial for making life decisions during the fertile period.

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