New App Uses Traditional Chinese Medicine to Help Women Get Pregnant

Conceivable brings together traditional Chinese medicine and high tech to help users up their odds of becoming pregnant. Could it work for you?

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When it comes to increasing the chances of conceiving, you have a few options: You could seek out traditional medicine—or you could make use of some very modern technologies and gadgets.

Or you could use Conceivable, which is essentially a blend of both: This new app works on traditional Chinese medical principles and helps you implement lifestyle changes that may make it easier for you to get pregnant.

This isn't the first app out there that claims to help users increase their chances of being pregnant, but it's also unlike anything else we've seen on the market. For one thing, there's the Eastern medicine focus: It was created by Kristen Karchmer, a board certified reproductive acupuncturist, who also founded the The Texas Center for Reproductive Acupuncture.

Karchmer's background in Oriental reproductive medicine serves as the basis for the app's focus on helping users make lifestyle changes that support pregnancy. The app provides a personalized assessment as to why a woman might not be getting pregnant, and once the app identifies a few factors (think diet or sleep cycle), it helps users address them.

The app analyzes each woman's menstrual cycle and suggests appropriate herbal supplements that women can use. Karchmer is no stranger to using Eastern medicine to help women get pregnant. She even told Fox News that 85 percent of her acupuncture center's patients have conceived in a 90-day window. “It’s not a pill, it’s not very hard and it’s not like you can never [eat] anything good— you just have to start being more careful,” Karchmer said of the app. “Your menstrual cycle is feedback to how good you’re doing.”

The method this app uses doesn't sound quite as aggressive as Western fertility treatments are—but as Karchmer points out, using this as a fertility solution would certainly save couples the expenses and pain involved with treatments like IVF.  But while some studies have found that acupuncture and Chinese herbal medicine can increase the odds of achieving pregnancy, that obviously may not solve every scenario.

Ultimately, this app begs the question: Would you try this over a tried-and-true Western method? This isn't the first time we've heard about Eastern medicine's ability to boost fertility—even Molly Sims swears by it! Would you consider this before speaking to a doctor or undergoing IVF?