Astrology app to assist pregnancy
Help is on the way for couples who struggle with infertility but are willing to try a newly developed smartphone application.
According to UK-based Nicola Smuts, a South African-born practitioner in astrofertility who developed the idea, the Fertilityastrology app is designed to tell couples the appropriate time to have sex and conceive a baby according to the alignment of their stars.
Smuts claims to be using unique methods based on ancient medieval writings, which she swears can assist people with modern-day fertility issues. Couples will soon be able to download and use it to identify and craft their sex schedule.
The Fertilityastrology app reportedly has the ability to inform users about their ideal times for conception to within minutes by selecting at least three alternative dates in a year when they are most likely to conceive.
For couples already undergoing fertility treatment, the app will help them time the treatment with their own cosmological clock.
Paula Wilson, owner of Paula Wilson Media Consulting in Cape Town, told City Press that the app was not specifically aimed at women who struggle with conception, but was also aimed at men who struggle with infertility.
“Although the app has not been officially launched in South Africa, the response [during the pilot phase] has been incredible. At the moment, though, huge interest is coming from men, including those as young as 25,” she said.
Smuts warned that couples should not refrain from consulting their medical doctors as the app was not meant to be a substitute. The app costs about R172 per download starting from the end of this month on iTunes. It will be available for Android users in Google Play stores from next month.
– Thembalethu Mtshali