Note: This is NOT a sponsored post. I was NOT compensated for this post and I purchased Naula with my own money. I just really believe this app will be helpful to many readers and wanted to share it with you. This post does contain iTunes affiliate links, which means that I make a few pennies if you purchase this app after clicking on one of my links. You can see my full disclosure here.
When I was getting ready to do my IVF cycles in 2014 and 2015, one of the first things I did was search for an IVF app for my phone. I loved using Fertility Friend while trying to conceive naturally, but it didn’t work for me when I transitioned to treatments. I remember feeling so frustrated that I couldn’t find anything to help me track my IVF cycle.
A few weeks ago, I was browsing Facebook and I saw a post about Naula, a new IVF tracker app! (It can also track IUIs, egg donation, egg freezing, surrogacy, and FET cycles). I was intrigued by the screenshots in the iTunes store, so I sent an email through Naula’s website and received a lovely response from the creator, Paula, the next day. She was kind enough to chat with me for a few minutes on the phone and tell me more!
Paula created Naula because just like me, she was frustrated when she couldn’t find an app during her own IVF treatments. She wanted to create something that would let fertility patients keep track of their medications and appointments all in one spot.
Here’s How It Works
First, you add your treatment dates and details. Naula has pre-set options for the most common medications and appointment types, but you can also add your own. You can also add appointment locations and phone numbers, too. It’s okay if you don’t know all your appointment dates and medications at the start of your cycle. You can add them as you go, and you can always go back and make changes.
The beauty of the app is that each day it generates a calendar of all your appointments, tests, and medications. It lists them in the order you need to do them and will give you reminders if you want. So you can just check them off throughout the day and not worry about forgetting or getting confused.
It also has videos and instructions on how to administer medications. This is very helpful, especially at the beginning of the cycle when you’re still getting used to it.
Check out the video for more details!
Since I’m not currently going through a treatment cycle, I haven’t been able to put the app to a true test. But I’ve been playing with it for awhile, and I like what I see.
No app is perfect, of course. I wish Naula had the ability to record blood test results and egg retrieval results. I guess it could be recorded in the “notes” section for those appointments, but it would be nice to have a specific place for those. Also, I think it would be really useful if Naula would let you record past treatments. I really wanted to enter my details from my previous cycles, but it wouldn’t let me create start dates more than a few weeks ago. (It will, however, keep your entries from treatments after you have finished that cycle).
Overall, I think Naula is a HUGE step forward for iPhone / iPad users who want to keep track of their fertility treatments. (Sorry, Android users, it’s only available on iOS). I’m definitely planning on using it when we do a FET cycle later this year, and will probably do an update on how the app performs for me then.
Naula has been selling for $19.99, but it’s currently on-sale for $5.99. If fertility treatments are in your future, I think it would be well worth your money to buy it now!
If you’re looking for more encouragement during infertility, be sure to check out my book, 31 Days of Prayer During Infertility.
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