Do you know the ins and outs of your menstrual cycle and the exact day you ovulate each month? Did you know there are apps on mobile devices to help you chart your fertility?
The Future of Fertility Charting?
There are several apps available to help women chart basal body temperature (BBT), track cervical mucus, monitor hormonal fluctuations, help identify one’s fertile window and pinpoint the day of ovulation.
We live in a time where technology allows us access to an unprecedented amount of information in a variety of convenient forms, from hand-held mobile devices, smart phones to tablet computers. These mobile devices have thousands of apps designed for them, for a variety of purposes from shopping for supplements, to finding the best homeopathic remedy for a symptom, to managing weight and yes, tracking your menstrual cycle and detecting ovulation.
Several professors of Obstetrics and Gynecology, contraception experts, medical and natural health professionals have weighed in on the effectiveness of fertility charting apps. An internet search using the phrase ‘fertility charting app” will lead you to a host of articles. So, let me share a bit about several touted as “the best”.
Fertility Charting App Features
Each of the following apps guide you in using the Fertility Awareness Method, or Natural Family Planning. They are used as a fertility tracking tool to document and help you make sense of the following:
- length of your entire menstrual cycle
- days of menstruation
- your fertile window
- the day of ovulation
- tracking basal body temperature (BBT)
- tracking cervical mucus changes
- tracking of sexual intercourse
Each app features an email option, so you can email yourself your fertility chart information to be printed off and then shared with your healthcare provider. Each also have differing additional perks which I will share next…
The Best Fertility Charting Apps Available
In no particular order, here are the 6 Fertility Charting apps that top many lists…
Women Calendar – cost $9.99 – is an iPhone app described as a “powerful Fertility Awareness tool” in its description on iTunes. Women Calendar offers a variety of different ways to view the information you input – a Calendar View, Cycles View, BBT Chart View, Forecast View, Charts View, Lists View, and Preferences View. With Women Calendar, you can use any web browser to backup/restore data on your computer too.
Kindara – cost FREE – Bloomberg TV calls this app “The Future of Reproductive Health.” Kindara offers morning temperature alarms and custom reminders, allows you to chart your BBT in Fahrenheit and Celsius, offers a community you can join for support from other Kindara users, has a custom data feature to track OPK and Pregnancy test results, or whatever data you would like remembered, and allows you to invite your healthcare practitioner to view your charts online.
Fertility Friend – cost FREE – is said to be “an advanced and comprehensive monitor of your menstrual cycle for trying to conceive or health purposes.” The Fertility Friend app offers educational resources because its primary goal is to help women feel educated and empowered (videos, tutorials, quizzes and an eBook) and is fully integrated with FertilityFriend.com (no sync or upload required). There is also an optional alarm, ability to view cycle statistics and advanced data analysis tools. This app integrates with Pregnancy tracker so that once pregnant, you can follow your pregnancy.
MyFertilityMD – cost $9.99 (for a limited time) – is described as “ the new and most innovative women’s health app” created after 10 years of medical research and touted “as effective as chemical contraception” on appcrawler.com. MyFertilityMD is unique in that it allows for charting of saliva ferning, urinary estrogen and luteinizing hormone. There are video tutorials, a knowledge center and an Ask The Doctor feature with this app, and it will be available in Spanish and Mandarin Chinese.
LilyPro – cost $5.99 – is referred to as beautiful and easy. LilyPro’s additional features are the ability to track 12 upcoming cycles, keep a diary, note medications being taken, create a custom menu and track shifts in emotions or moods. It offers a light and dark screen because the makers understand how hard it can be to look at a bright white screen first thing in the morning. LilyPro also shows you detailed important values and averages of all your cycles and claims to offer prompt support.
Ovia Fertility – cost Free – Developed by Harvard researchers and fertility experts, Ovia Fertility claims to be fun, easy and the #1 most accurate fertility app. This app offers expert advice. It offers the ability to ask fertility health questions and receive personalized coaching and feedback on your tracking. It also allows for tracking of exercise, weight, nutrition, sleep, medications and blood pressure, and syncs with a few fitness tracking devices.
There are also many more – iChartMe, Soma, Cycle Plus, Groove, Ovagraph, iFemion, myNFP, Ovulater, Menstrual Calendar, MeFertil, NFP manager – sympto, Femicycle, iOvulation, Nutur, FemCal: Period and Ovulation Calculator, My Cycles and iFertility Log – with varying opinions on effectiveness, accuracy and ease of use.
Options abound for fertility charting on your mobile device and while for some this may be easier and more thorough than paper charts filled out with a pencil, this option is still available too and for free. Download a free Fertility Chart (Fahrenheit) or a Fertility Chart (Celsius) by clicking these links.
Oh and by the way, just in case you were wondering if there would ever be a way not to have to take your BBT every morning, or track ovulation by peeing on a stick, there is. There is an ovulation predictor watch on the market called the OV-Watch that detects ovulation and fertility by monitoring the skin’s secretions of chloride ions (which fluctuates throughout the menstrual cycle). It just touches the skin. It starts notifying you that ovulation may be approaching four days prior to ovulation, but with a hefty pricetag of $130.00.
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Do you use a fertility charting app and what do you think of it? Would you download and use it again if you started over? Share your thoughts and experiences in the comments section below.
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3. Stacey M.Ed LMHC, D. (2014, December 29). Fertility Chart iPhone Apps List and Reviews. Retrieved January 9, 2015, from http://contraception.about.com/od/naturalmethods/tp/fertility_apps.htm
4. Woman Calendar. (n.d.). Retrieved January 9, 2015, from https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/woman-calendar/id290591983