08 Sep Our Favorite Fertility Apps
Ovulation is the cornerstone of female fertility and, before technological innovations, our clients faithfully tracked their menstrual cycles and symptoms on a calendar. Once we had several months’ worth of data, we could begin to predict their ovulation cycle, note irregularities, and get specific information required to make more accurate infertility diagnoses.
Today, fertility apps make it easier than ever to track all of the information patients used to track by hand, with bonus information included. Plus, the data is readily accessible anytime you go to your OB/GYN or fertility specialist since it is accessible from your phone. The majority of these apps are free, with the option to pay for a subscription to gain “bonus services.” That said, we find most of our clients learn what they need without ever paying for the upgrades.
5 Fertility Apps to Get Your Reproductive System on Track
Here are five of our favorite fertility apps to get your reproductive system on track or to give us the information we need to understand more about why it’s not on track! Most of these have the same essential data-recording functions, so any of them should work.
Even so, they each have their individual strengths, so a review of the following list will help you select the app that resonates best with you and your situation.
Patients who have used the Clue fertility app remark that it is like having a mini-gynecologist living in your pocket. The app is best known as a period tracker/predictor, which is ideal for anyone who has regular periods or to determine what any irregular periods are trying to communicate.
While fertile couples uninterested in hormonal birth control appreciate Clue’s penchant for learning their natural cycles and avoiding sex (or prioritizing condoms) during the most fertile windows, our clients appreciate its almost infallible ability to predict fertile windows so they can time intercourse at home accordingly. This is especially useful for couples who prefer to use Clomid and timed intercourse for a few cycles before upgrading their fertility treatment plan.
Do you experience irregular periods? If so, we recommend Flo. This app is known for helping women with irregular periods to learn more about their cycles. In addition, there is a fairly in-depth quiz to help you select the Flo program that makes the most sense for your age, fertility goals, prior/existing conditions, lifestyle habits, and work-life.
Unlike the majority of period-tracking and fertility apps, largely designed for “the average female,” Flo uses artificial intelligence (AI) that gets to know You. This is a big difference compared to apps that use general algorithms because it’s more likely to pick up on inconsistencies. Therefore, we’re most apt to recommend Flo for patients who have irregular cycles.
3. Period Tracker by GP Apps
Do your period symptoms seem more than or different from those of your friends and family? If so, we recommend using Period Tracker by GP Apps. This one appears more “no-frills” than some of the frillier competitors, but that’s also one of the features we appreciate. Sometimes, you just need the basics.
What Period Tracker does excel at is tracking period symptoms, including cravings and discharge levels. When you have it set to the Trying to Conceive (TTC) mode, you also have the opportunity to input your basal body temperature to learn more about your cycle trends. The basal body temperature (BBT) is taken at its lowest point – in the morning before getting out of bed. Charting BBT is used to predict ovulation and requires the use of a specialized thermometer (available at most drug stores or online) that registers your body temperature to the hundredth of a degree.
Are you a data junky? If so, you’ll love the Kindara fertility app because it has fully customizable data tracking and accessible charts. This is a favorite amongst our patients who work in corporate finance or the sciences. We have to admit we appreciate Kindara’s detailed (almost to a fault) charts because the data provided is a nice complement to our fertility testing results.
The data and charts can be uploaded from your phone to send to your physician or fertility specialist or you can share them with other Kindara users to analyze each others’ rhythms and metrics. We fully believe in the exponential benefits of infertility support and love when our patients come to us, having observed a trend or theme that has shown up in their fertility support groups.
This fertility app may wind the “best all-around app” on the market. We also appreciate that the Glow fertility app algorithms do a fantastic job of paying attention to the user’s age, rather than using general period tracking algorithms. As we all know, age is a major fertility factor.
If you are more than 36 years old or more and have regular periods with no underlying health or reproductive issues, Glow can be a great place to start as you begin searching for “just in case” fertility clinics. Once you get pregnant, the Glow app is designed to continue supporting your reproductive health through babyhood, breastfeeding, perimenopause – and beyond.
Would you like to work with a fertility center that uses the full spectrum of technological and medical innovation to support your family-building goals? Schedule a consultation with the Fertility Center of Dallas.