Astrol­ogy app to as­sist preg­nancy

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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

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