The whole reason why I started blogging about my personal life was to talk about my trying to get pregnant journey. I was astonished by how little support there is for people trying to get pregnant and how little there was in terms of apps or products to help women get pregnant. The frustration cycle after cycle, the charting, temping, it’s all very emotional and very overwhelming.
As a tech geek, I have my own ideas for apps and gadgets that will help during this time. It looks like PayPal founder, Max Levchin is going to take a stab at it two. Dad of two can’t fathom his life without his kiddos and thinks that everyone deserves a chance to conceive.
His fertility app, Glow, not only helps you track your cycle but also puts people in a “mutual assistance program”. Users of the app will pay $50 a month and the money all goes into a pool. After 10 months, if you don’t get pregnant you can apply to get money out of the pool to fund your fertility treatments. If you get pregnant within the 10 months, you stop paying $50 a month.
It took us 8 months to get pregnant and I’m sure it was just stress combined with timing. Most doctors recommend a year to wait before seeing a fertility specialist so the 10 month mark is interesting. But it’s very curious as to why would I give someone $50 a month when I could do all the charting myself and put aside $50/$100 in a personal savings account in case I need it.
What are your thoughts? Would you pay to be part of a pool of money used for fertility treatments if you need it? I wonder what the fine print will say in order for people to qualify for that too. It must be things other than just the time of 10 months. It has to account for how one uses the app.