Trying to Get Pregnant

Pregnancy App tracking by employers

* if people are not supposed to start conversation starter threads, I apologize in advance! *

I came across a really interesting WashPost article this morning about how employers can partner with Ovia to get aggregated, blinded data from its employees. I found this so interesting and I’m not sure how I feel about it.

Re: Pregnancy App tracking by employers

  • My company is small so if they were to do this and I were to opt in, they’d be able to figure out who is who pretty easily. For me, privacy is worth more than the $1/day the woman in the article got. It also gives me some feelings about how much I share with an app that does use this data for all kinds of purposes. On the other hand, seeing aggregated info from all the other women using it helps me figure out what’s normal and how to best plan TTC. 

    I’m all over the place, LOL. 

  • Stuff like this can go in our monthly randoms thread. Probably okay to just leave the thread as it is. It's at least not a drive by!

    I'm totally with you though that I would not want my employer knowing this information. And $1/day? That barely helps cover anything....
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    Me: 34 DH: 35 | Together since 2007 | Married July 2016

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    Dx: low morph (1%), ANA positive, low decidualization score, high TSH and testosterone, histone antibodies

    IUI #1-3 all BFN
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    Initial consultation with Reproductive Immunologist | 9.14.21
    Decidualization score biopsy | 10.1.21 | abnormal - low score of 1; endometrial scratch recommended and progesterone supplementation
    Saline sono | 10.15.21 | normal
    Bloodwork | 10.21.21 high TSH, high testosterone, positive for anti-nuclear antibodies and histone antibodies
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  • I read the whole thing thoroughly, and it seems like it's a special version of the app offered by your employer. So you know you are agreeing to it, when you opt in. So at least your employer isn't doing it behind your back. Also, it said that your employer has to have enough employees signed up and using it before they release aggregated data (probably so you can't *easily* identify people). 

    But all this stuff about it helping people get pregnant, not have baby NICU stays, and fewer c-sections, I don't think an app can help with that. So I really don't see the point in my employer having all this info.
  • @marebear15 I missed the part about needing a certain number of people before they release the data and that does make sense. I still wouldn’t sign up for $1/day. 

    I don’t see at all how a tracking app could prevent a csec. And I think the “helping women conceive” thing has a lot to do with women who are generally motivated enough to track so much stuff every month. It might take a woman longer who has no idea where she is in her cycle, compared with a woman who is tracking it and knows her most fertile times. That would be true irrespective of an app she happens to be using to do the tracking. 
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