Improving usability and pregnancy rates of a fertility monitor by an additional mobile application: results of a retrospective efficacy study of Daysy and DaysyView app

Language
en
Document Type
Article
Issue Date
2018-05-22
Issue Year
2018
Authors
Koch, Martin C.
Lermann, Johannes
van de Roemer, Niels
Renner, Simone K.
Burghaus, Stefanie
Hackl, Janina
Dittrich, Ralf
Kehl, Sven
Oppelt, Patricia G.
Hildebrandt, Thomas
Editor
Abstract

Background

Daysy is a fertility monitor that uses the fertility awareness method by tracking and analyzing the individual menstrual cycle. In addition, Daysy can be connected to the application DaysyView to transfer stored personal data from Daysy to a smartphone or tablet (IOS, Android). This combination is interesting because as it is shown in various studies, the use of apps is increasing patients´ focus on their disease or their health behavior. The aim of this study was to investigate if by the additional use of an App and thereby improved usability of the medical device, it is possible to enhance the typical-use related as well as the method-related pregnancy rates.

Result

In the resultant group of 125 women (2076 cycles in total), 2 women indicated that they had been unintentionally pregnant during the use of the device, giving a typical-use related Pearl-Index of 1.3. Counting only the pregnancies which occurred as a result of unprotected intercourse during the infertile (green) phase, we found 1 pregnancy, giving a method-related Pearl-Index of 0.6. Calculating the pregnancy rate resulting from continuous use and unprotected intercourse exclusively on green days, gives a perfect-use Pearl-Index of 0.8.

Conclusion

It seems that combining a specific biosensor-embedded device (Daysy), which gives the method a very high repeatable accuracy, and a mobile application (DaysyView) which leads to higher user engagement, results in higher overall usability of the method.

Journal Title
Reproductive Health
Volume
15
Citation
Reproductive Health 15 (2018). <https://reproductive-health-journal.biomedcentral.com/articles/10.1186/s12978-018-0479-6>
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