Natural Cycles contraception app told to clarify pregnancy risks

A multi-month investigation by Sweden’s Medical Products Agency into a number of unwanted pregnancies among users of ‘digital contraception’ app Natural Cycles has been closed after the startup agreed to clarify the risk of the product failing. But, on the self-reported data front, the agency said it was satisfied the number of unwanted pregnancies is in line with Natural Cycles’ own clinical evaluations which are included in the certification documentation for the product. In its marketing and on its website Natural Cycles describes the app-based system as “93% effective under typical use” — a finding that’s based on a clinical study it conducted of more than 22,000 of its users. The investigation by Sweden’s MPA began around eight months ago, after a …

AI Could Scan IVF Embryos to Help Make Babies More Quickly

If a woman (or non-female-identifying person with a uterus and visions of starting a family) is struggling to conceive and decides to improve their reproductive odds at an IVF clinic, they’ll likely interact with a doctor, a nurse, and a receptionist. They will probably never meet the army of trained embryologists working behind closed lab doors to collect eggs, fertilize them, and develop the embryos bound for implantation. One of embryologists’ more time-consuming jobs is grading embryos—looking at their morphological features under a microscope and assigning a quality score. Round, even numbers of cells are good. Fractured and fragmented cells, bad. They’ll use that information to decide which embryos to implant first. It’s more gut than science and not particularly …

How Much Prenatal Genetic Information Do You Actually Want?

This story is part of a week-long series on reproduction, from preventing premature births to childfree Reddit. Most nights, talk around Kristin Hamann’s dinner table eventually turns to genetics. Her husband, Rodrigo Martinez, works for George Church’s whole genome sequencing company outside of Boston, so that’s hardly a surprise. When their 4-month-old daughter Julia started getting a rash on her face recently, Hamann wondered if maybe something in her own diet was triggering it. That’s when her husband, who had recently had all 6 billion base pairs in his genome sequenced, told her that he had a genetic variation that made him sensitive to gluten. Hamann stopped eating wheat and her daughter’s rash seemed to clear up. “For a first-time …

Unproductive weekend? Well, this politician casually cycled to hospital to give birth.

Sundays are usually a lazy, uneventful affair for many of us. Not for the 42-week pregnant New Zealand Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, who made her way to hospital for an induction. SEE ALSO: This Instagram influencer started her own clothing line to promote body positivity That’s all very normal, except perhaps for her mode of transportation. Instead of getting in a car, she cycled to the hospital instead. “My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!” she wrote on Instagram. A post shared by Julie Anne Genter (@julieannegenter) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Genter added in a …

The Internet Does Not Believe You’re Pregnant

In late February of the year 1456, an apprentice named John Helton was drawn, hanged, and quartered for spreading the claim that Edward of Westminster was not Queen Margaret’s son. Queen Margaret, the rumor went, had faked her pregnancy, so the 2-year-old posing as the Prince of Wales must be either a random nonroyal toddler or a changeling. More than half a millennium later, conspiracy theorists are still preoccupied with the wombs of royal women. Now, the supposed pretender to the pregnancy is Meghan Markle, Duchess of Sussex. Anti-Markle internet sleuths, who call themselves #Megxiteers, have stared at pictures of the expecting duchess so long and hard that they’ve become convinced her baby bump is a prosthetic called a Moonbump—and …

I Captured My Husbands Reaction To My Third Pregnancy And I Am So Glad I Did

My husband stood by my side as the pregnancy test turned positive with our first two children. So for the third time around, I thought I would do something fun and have his reaction captured forever. And I am so glad I did. He really had no idea… Still has no idea… Oh, thank goodness, he’s excited!

Pregnant? Step away from Google.

Being pregnant online isn't great.Image: vicky leta/mashable The excitement of finding out I was pregnant is like nothing I’ve ever experienced before. My husband and I were overjoyed, on vacation, blissful and so, so excited to start a family. We had this little, personal secret. This tiny human just starting to grow in my body, and not even I could really feel it. And then the Googling began.  “My doctor won’t see me until I’m eight weeks along. Is that normal?”  “When does the chance of miscarriage decrease?” “What is a chemical pregnancy?” Hundreds and thousands of the same questions from soon-to-be parents appeared before my eyes with each new search. At first, that kind of immediate gratification brought me …

Report: Pregnant Women in ICE Custody Claim Neglect, Trauma

Some pregnant women in ICE detention camps say they are not receiving the medical treatment they are guaranteed by law, and are instead subject to inhumane treatment which may have caused them to miscarry, according to a harrowing Monday report from BuzzFeed News. In December, BuzzFeed reports, the Trump administration overhauled an Obama-era mandate that pregnant women should only be detained in extreme circumstances. Instead, ICE is now required to stop detaining women once they have reached their third trimester, and to ensur[e] pregnant detainees receive appropriate medical care including effectuating transfers to facilities that are able to provide appropriate medical treatment. Many once-pregnant detainees, however, told BuzzFeed that they were repeatedly denied adequate medical care, and were subject to …

Unproductive weekend? Well, this politician casually cycled to hospital to give birth.

Sundays are usually a lazy, uneventful affair for many of us. Not for the 42-week pregnant New Zealand Minister for Women, Julie Anne Genter, who made her way to hospital for an induction. SEE ALSO: This Instagram influencer started her own clothing line to promote body positivity That’s all very normal, except perhaps for her mode of transportation. Instead of getting in a car, she cycled to the hospital instead. “My partner and I cycled because there wasn’t enough room in the car for the support crew… but it also put me in the best possible mood!” she wrote on Instagram. A post shared by Julie Anne Genter (@julieannegenter) on Aug 18, 2018 at 3:42pm PDT Genter added in a …