Its a new era for fertility tech

Women’s health has long been devoid of technological innovation, but when it comes to fertility options, that’s starting to change. Startups in the space are securing hundreds of millions in venture capital investment, a significant increase to the dearth of funding collected in previous years. Fertility entrepreneurs are focused on a growing market: couples are choosing to reproduce later in life, an increasing number of female breadwinners are able to make their own decisions about when and how to reproduce, and overall, around 10% of women in the US today have trouble conceiving, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Startups, as a result, are working to improve various pain points in a women’s fertility journey, whether that …

Don’t fall for this bogus Twitter thread about ‘natural birth control’

A Twitter post going viral Tuesday proves yet again that you can’t always believe everything you read online. Infographics posted by Twitter user Bria Badu, aka@MissBriaJanay, claim without evidence that “natural birth control options” like eating papayas and figs can keep you from getting pregnant. Botanists and doctors said the information in the graphics is completely bogus, but that hasn’t stopped the tweet from accumulating nearly 17,000 likes and 6,500 retweets. https://twitter.com/MissBriaJanay/status/1136255972098420736 Worse still, the infographics appear to be plagiarizedfrom a site called Home Remedy Hacks, which boasts several other dubious “hacks” like home remedies for ovarian cysts and gonorrhea. The original article, 22 Effective Home Remedies for Birth Control, cites zero sources to support its claims, save for a …