Fertility app Glow teams up with MyFitnessPal

Glow helps couples conceive by offering daily fertility recommendations, suggestions, and a calendar of peak fertile days. — Reuters pic
Glow helps couples conceive by offering daily fertility recommendations, suggestions, and a calendar of peak fertile days. — Reuters pic

SAN FRANCISCO, Oct 19 — Glow, the fertility tracking app cofounded by Paypal’s Max Levchin, has partnered with fitness app MyFitnessPal to enable users to connect their accounts on the two services.

For now, MyFitnessPal users can incorporate their body mass index data into Glow, which Glow says is a big factor in getting pregnant.

“If you are too high, or too low below the established norm, it can cause you to have more irregular menstrual cycles and have more difficulty conceiving,” Glow CEO Mike Huang told TechCrunch.

However, in the future, the app hopes to synchronise as much relevant health data as possible to help give women a full picture of their fertility on a day-to-day basis, TechCrunch reports.

“Our core mission is around data. Eventually, this could allow us to incorporate all sorts of data – how users eat, drink, and exercise – into our machine learning algorithm,” Huang said.

Glow launched its iOS app in August and plans to release an Android version soon.

Glow, the fertility tracking app. — AFP pic
Glow, the fertility tracking app. — AFP pic

The app helps couples conceive by offering daily fertility recommendations, suggestions, and a calendar of peak fertile days.

Although the app is free, users can opt into a US$50-a-month (RM158-a-month) fund called Glow First. The idea is that a woman trying to start a family with the help of the app also pays into the fund for a period of 10 months.

After 10 months of trying to conceive but failing, every woman who has been paying into the fund from the same point in time will receive an equal share of what’s been amassed to help pay towards fertility treatments, which in some countries, such as the US, are not covered by health insurance.

The company guarantees that it doesn’t keep a single cent of payments made and has even started the ball rolling by paying in an initial US$1 million from its own pocket.

Glow is available to download now via Apple’s App Store at itunes.apple.com/app/id638021335.

https://www.glowing.com — AFP-Relaxnews

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