Research to Reader: fertility science
I underwent my fertility treatment a few years ago and often wondered why no one had yet created a great app to help keep track of the medications for stimulation cycles and frozen transfers, and for all of the appointments! Well- the good news is that I have recently found an app that does just this and more. I talked with the creator of Naula, Paula Campos, and she has been kind enough to share with The IVF Project members her story and information about the app.
This is Paula's Story
As anyone who has gone through any fertility treatments knows, it’s a complicated process, both emotionally and logistically. Simply coming to terms with needing medical help to get pregnant can be a major challenge. Add to that the incredibly complicated and precise nature of the treatment. And needles! It can be the most stressful time in a couple’s life.
After years of trying to conceive, I went through several rounds of infertility treatments. Not only I experience the stress and confusion first-hand, but I was shocked at how arcane the support was for such cutting-edge medical treatments.
Naula was created to help women going through Assisted Reproductive Technology (ART) treatments, manage medications and appointments. Keeping everything in one place was key. It includes the most common treatments IVF, IUI, Egg Freezing, Egg Donation, FET and Surrogacy. We compiled the best instructional videos and added step-by-step instructions with custom illustrations one tap away from your fingerprints. Users get reminders and alerts on their phone no matter where they are.
The ability to instantly add medications and appointments to an easy to use calendar, provide a bird’s eye view of the entire protocol and privately share with loved ones was very important. Having gone through IVF several times, we added a feature that allows users to duplicate a treatment which saves a lot of time. Most importantly, security and privacy was top priority, all of the data transfer and personal information is encrypted and protected.
Infertility is a heavy topic. Emotional support and empathy is not as available as anyone might expect. And, I think for most women and men not being in control is what makes this so hard. It gave me a new perspective about getting pregnant, making a baby, having a family, adopting and also none of the above.
My IVF treatments ended but my journey is not over yet. Creating Naula gave me a new beginning and I will get another chance to write how my story ends.
At the time of writing this the Naula app is free to download. While the app is only available on iOS at the moment there are plans for an android version so stay tuned!
For more information please check out the Naula website: https://www.naula.com/