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Most women spend so many years actively trying not to get pregnant that it never occurs to them that getting pregnant might take some time. Because of this, it can be a hard pill to swallow when that first month of trying (or those first several months) doesn’t result in a positive pregnancy test.
When that happens, a lot of women find themselves searching for answers and tools that might help to make the next month a success. Then there are the women who don’t want to get pregnant, but would also prefer to manage that naturally. Thankfully, there’s an app for both situations! Actually, there are several. Here are the best ones out there this year.
Clue Period Tracker
If you’re looking for a better understanding of your body and cycle, who better to look to than one of the top obstetrics and gynecological organizations? This is a free app put together by the Obstetrics & Gynecology Journal. It’s published by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). It helps users track their periods and ovulation and learn about their unique menstrual patterns.
Unlike other ovulation and period trackers, Glow provides community and partner support. The aim is to deliver “personalized reproductive health and fertility insights.” This app also reminds users to take their medications (including birth control and contraception) if they aren’t yet ready to conceive. Added bonus? You can sync Glow with other health apps like MyFitnessPal and Google Fit.
Kindara calls itself the “most sophisticated fertility app available.” It pairs with a wireless basal body temperature thermometer to make charting a breeze. Using advanced analytics, Kindara claims to help users identify health conditions that could be preventing pregnancy (like PCOS) as well as to simply become more in tune with their own bodies. To assist in achieving this goal, the app also aids in tracking cervical changes, PMS symptoms, spotting, moods, and doctors’ appointments.
If you’re looking to predict your future periods and ovulation cycles, this may be the app for you. Period Tracker syncs your upcoming 12 periods and fertile days (with predictions based on your previous periods) to help you plan into the future. This makes it easier to plan everything from vacations to doctor’s appointments around when you might be most fertile — and to avoid making big plans when you might be dealing with that uncomfortable period bloat.
This is an app that not only tracks your periods and ovulation days. It also helps you recognize the signs your body provides that you may be ovulating. Fertility Friend is intent on empowering women with knowledge. The app really is that friend you might be looking for while trying to conceive — the kind of friend with an extensive knowledge base who can help you figure out exactly when you’ll be most fertile.
Developed by Harvard scientists and the nation’s leading fertility experts, Ovia Fertility claims to be the most accurate and data-driven fertility predictor app. If you’re looking for precise predictions and expert articles to guide you in your quest to conceive, this is the app. You’ll also find support for women with irregular periods and the ability to synch with Fitbit and Withings Fitness tracking devices.
Natural Cycles is clinically tested to be 99.5 percent effective. It’s actually certified for use as birth control. The app analyzes your temperature and period days and aims to tell you when you’re most fertile so you can avoid having sex on those days. You’ll need a basal thermometer for measuring your temperature every morning.
This is not a simple period tracker. Instead, the Conceivable app is part of a broader program aimed at helping women identify the underlying cause of their fertility issues and combat them in order to become pregnant naturally. The app works in conjunction with their program, guiding women with a natural wellness approach.
Dot utilizes a patent pending method called Dynamic Optimal Timing. The app calculates your individual conception risks for each day of your cycle. There’s a sophisticated algorithm involved that shows you instantly whether you’re at low, medium, or high risk for pregnancy on any given day. This information can then help you avoid or try for a pregnancy. Your unique cycle is analyzed, but there’s no need for complex charting or additional hardware.
Period Tracker Lite
Period Tracker calculates the average of your past three months’ menstrual cycles. It only requires you to input the start and end of your period in order to provide predictions for the future. You’re able to take notes regarding menstrual symptoms, weight, and temperature changes for your own records or to share with your doctor. You can even add custom symptoms and moods.
Irregular cycles? No problem. Flo uses artificial intelligence to make accurate and reliable predictions about menstruation and ovulation. All you have to do is log your period days for the app to begin compiling data and making predictions. You can schedule notifications to remind you of upcoming period and ovulation days and track other lifestyle details, like sleep duration, physical activity, and water consumption.