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OBGYN Doctor Develops Fertility App For Women

July 13, 2017

Dr. Jerisa Berry met her husband when she was 34-years-old, and expanding the family wasn't their first priority. 

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Little did Dr. Berry know, she, like many other women around the world would have difficulties getting pregnant and carrying a viable pregnancy. After going through the painful experience of miscarriage, Jerisa and her husband decided to use their medical expertise as practicing physicians to bring awareness and knowledge to the fertility struggles that so many face. 

In 2015, they began to develop Secure Your Fertility--the web app designed to help women learn more about their biological clock and what they can do to preserve it. 

Dr. Berry says that women have to realize when their mind is ready, and they feel emotionally and mentally ready to have a child, that their body may not be ready. It may take three months for the ovaries to mature and eggs to ovulation. Alot of women think, 'Okay, I'm ready to have a baby now' but there's things that you should do to your body if you're over 35. You should really be doing things to increase your chances by making lifestyle modifications but Dr. Berry doesn't want women to fall into the thought perception that they have time, when they may not and that's where knowing your status comes in. You don't have to just assume that you'll be okay, because you may unfortunately, not be okay.

The app is designed to help women learn more about their anti-mullerian hormone (AMH, a protein hormone produced by cells in the ovary) level. Various levels of AMH in a woman's body can influence her probablity of conception. The lower it is, the harder pregnancy becomes.

An AMH reading of but 1.5 and up is considered normal. The higher the number is you do have a good egg reserve. When you're 1.5 and lower definitely lower than 1.0, then that is a concern. It needs to raise a flag, of course the lower it is the more of a concern.

When going through this process, Dr. Berry advises that all women should keep in mind that everyone's body is not the same--what may be easy or difficult for others doesn't translate for all. 

Every woman is different. Every woman has their own set of eggs, their own set of ovaries, numbers and your girlfriend who might have had no problems getting pregnant at 39, you may have problems getting pregnant at 29. We really shouldn't compare ourselves to other women that may have advaced maternal age that unfortunately may not be misleading.

Watch the video below of Dr. Jerisa Berry as she further discusses her story: