Best Fertility Apps

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Best Fertility Apps

Most adult women know about the pregnancy waiting game. That expanse of time between your last intimate encounter and the first day of your expected period is nerve-wracking regardless of whether you’re eagerly awaiting a bun in the oven or dreading the prospect. Many women turn to Google to look over the checklist of frustratingly ambiguous pregnancy symptoms. Is it baby bloat, or just that last glass of water? Most of us end up wishing for a way to know right now.

For you, ladies, we have bad news and good news. The bad news is that, until you get those two little lines on the home pregnancy test, there is no 100% surefire method to discern whether or not you’re pregnant. But the good news? Natural family planning is on the rise, and is very rapidly being studied and validated by scientists the world over. In fact, the scientific journal Contraception claims that, based on their own research along with studies conducted by the World Health Organization, nearly 95% of women fall within the correct menstrual cycle patterns necessary to use natural family planning. This makes the method both effective and widely useful.

What is Natural Family Planning?

In short, Natural Family Planning (NFP) is about educating couples on how our bodies ready themselves to procreate, so we know when or when not to get it while it’s hot. NFP goes by different names but essentially it’s fertility awareness to the power of 3, methods that is. NFP is calculated by the use of 3 methods: calendar/rhythm, basal body temperature, and cervical mucus. The more we know about ourselves and our bodies, the more effective we can be at planning to have a family, or preventing it from getting any larger.

Best Fertility Apps to Help You Track

In the last five years or so, there has been an influx of phone apps that help women track their menstrual cycles, daily feelings, changes in diet or lifestyle, etc. to help increase their chances of getting pregnant, or alternatively, help them figure out when date night ought to be avoided. That being said, women are likely the most complex beings ever to inhabit the planet, and one size usually does not fit all. Additionally, not every app is of the proper quality to handle such a significant event as your pregnancy. So for you ladies with yay or nay hopes out there, here is a little bit of insight on some of the most popular fertility apps available today.

Fertility Friend

This app relies on external signs – the ones perhaps some of you have been Googling obsessively for three days now – to calculate what is referred to as “the fertile window.”  Ladies who use this app can plug in data like measurements of cervical fluid and basal body temperature to make their own Fertility Chart. The app then analyzes the symptoms you’ve recorded to help you map out how your body is currently doing and how your fertility cycle will play out over the next weeks and months. Plus, the app is free with the option for a $45 subscription. It is also worth noting that Fertility Friend has been around for over 15 years, making it one of the first easily accessible online fertility tools.

Kindara

This app serves well to a wider spectrum of women both to interests and age. Particularly for those ladies whom are on the preventing pregnancy side and often feel like they have to reverse-engineer some of the information provided out there on pregnancy symptoms and fertility. Not so with Kindara. On their website they actually recognize this main difference in motives and cater well to it. Additionally, Kindara provides an abundance of easy-to-understand scientific data. The whole process of understanding fertility is broken down into digestible steps, and they avoid using overly complicated terms. It is also worth noting that the site frequently adds the phrase “Knowledge is Power” to their pages in order to empower women to learn more about their bodies. Anything that empowers women is usually a good thing.

Conceivable

Conceivable really has it all. The app employs a similar format as many of the others, with one very helpful departure: it puts a major emphasis on customization for each individual woman. Conceivable also includes plentiful information on other factors that can improve fertility, such as guides for crafting a pregnancy-friendly diet and which supplements might prove useful for mommies-to-be. Overall, the tone of the website communicates sincere care for women endeavoring to understand their bodies for the sake of their health.

Glow

This one works in many of the same ways as Fertility Friend, with one very important difference: Glow claims to be the only fertility app that also charts male fertility stats, to make fertility planning a couples venture. Based on our experience downloading the app, there are some areas of opportunity with user navigation. However, once you get the hang of it, the unique male fertility feature and overall NFP feel to it may prove to be very resourceful.

Clue

This app is very similar to Fertility Friend. It absolutely will help you track your body’s signs in order to help you understand your fertility and optimize your chances of getting pregnant. That being said, we found Clue to be somewhat ironic in regards to its value proposition. There appears to be a strong emphasis on the complexity and science involved, but remains somewhat vague about explaining said science. The graphics are pleasant and the app seems to be well designed. They do have a feature called “Clue Connect” which is rather interesting. Apparently there may be women out there wanting to share intimate details about their ovulation and fertility to partners, family, and friends. If any of you ladies out there have a Clue, let us know what you found out.

Conclusion

In seeking out the best fertility apps available for women, we evaluated a number of factors: was the information clearly communicated? Was the app easy to use? Most importantly, did we want to use it as opposed to a hundred others? Those apps that passed our checklist, we have now passed unto you. Too often, women discredit the signs their own bodies give in favor of more “comforting” methods of contraception or by running to a doctor every few weeks. Now, this is not to suggest that there is something wrong with either of those choices. It is merely to inform about a proven, if a tad more analytical, method of family planning. As well as encouragement to you all, whether you choose fertility awareness such as Natural Family Planning or not, to listen to your own bodies because you are beautifully and wonderfully made. With self-education and a little help from fertility monitoring apps, your bodies will tell you everything you need to know. Good luck to you all!

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