What are the Best Trying-to-Conceive Apps?

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When you’re trying to conceive, a smart app can be a smart choice. The best ovulation trackers – also called fertility tracker apps – turn your phone into a personal assistant. They track your body’s natural cycles, including period start and stop dates, symptoms, and estimated ovulation. Fertility tracker apps identify windows of time when you’re most fertile and likely to conceive.

According to the National Institutes of Health (NIH), your chances of getting pregnant are highest for just six days out of every menstrual cycle. Natural cycles are 28 days long but vary from woman to woman and month to month.

Apps automate the process of predicting ovulation – when ovaries have formed and released an egg. They’re not fail-safe, but by enhancing accuracy and ease, they could help increase your chances of getting pregnant.

While keeping track, count your blessings, too!

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4, NIV

 

When you’re trying to get pregnant, you can’t know God’s will, but you can continue to rejoice in His providence and love. Detours and delays can try your patience, test your faith or increase marital stress. App or no app, remember that in all things God works for the good of those who love Him (Romans 8:28). When it comes to the blessings of life in Christ, there’s no app for that.

 

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Features to Consider

Some apps may be more compatible with your favorite operating system, software, and devices. Some permit sharing with multiple users. Other variables include:

  1.  Cost – When budgeting for a baby, choose free fertility apps or low-cost upgrades. Some women use free ovulation calculators, one of which can be found in our Preparing for Baby Checklist.
  2.  Ease of use – You may like bells and whistles or prefer a no-frills experience. Choose what’s right for you.
  3.  Fun extras – Expressive emoticons may keep you motivated. Other extras like color-coded calendars and backgrounds might tip the scales when choosing an app.
  4.  Filters, graphs, and reports – Some apps offer at-a-glance graphs, custom filters, and preferred formats, such as Excel or pdf.
  5.  Personal notes and auto-reminders – Most apps have room for notes about what’s important to you and can nudge you about important dates.
  6.  Security – Apps have lengthy terms of use to review before downloading. Protections are offered, but no app offers a 100% guarantee against data breaches. Look for HIPAA-compliant terms from developers with full disclosure and transparency about data usage and security measures.

“Take delight in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4 (NIV)

Top 5 Fertility Apps and Tools

When searching for the best fertility tracker, there are many choices, and developers continually introduce new apps and features. Researching these popular, tried-and-true fertility trackers is a good place to start:

Kindara

If you like data, this free fertility app delivers. It turns your information into highly detailed charts. This can be helpful for related health issues such as irregular or missed periods and perimenopause. The app tracks basal body temperature and cervical changes and uses color-coded displays. For advanced tracking, upgrade to premium for a fee. Other options include buying the Wink digital thermometer, which links to the app and automatically enters daily temps. Learn more about Kindara.

Period Tracker by GP Apps

Many women love this app’s simple, fun style. You input data from your past three cycles to predict your period start date. Period Tracker’s calendar view shows period, ovulation, and fertile days, and data such as temperature, symptoms, weight changes, and notes. Features include online data backup, touch-ID or password privacy, data-sharing, and email data export. Additional features are available via paid subscription. Learn more about Period Tracker.

Ovia

Once you enter data, Ovia estimates daily fertility scores showing the probability of getting pregnant each day. It charts menstrual flow and symptoms and tracks health information, such as nutrition. You can customize backgrounds and colors. For convenience and sharing, export your information to an Excel file. Ovia includes a library of fertility and conception articles. Learn more about Ovia.

Flo

This widely used Flo period tracker is nominally priced and may be a good choice if you have irregular cycles. Flo offers a full range of features beyond basic tracking and predicting period and ovulation days. You can track multiple metrics such as basal body temperature, menstrual flow, PMS symptoms, and over 70 different details for enhanced accuracy. If your cycles vary or sometimes go beyond 30 days, the app’s algorithm factors in variances when estimating fertility. Learn more about Flo.

Clue

This fertility tracking app is free, with upgrades for a fee. Clue provides multiple data-entry options and a place to log basal (resting) body temperature – a metric that can increase ovulation-prediction accuracy. A simple calendar format displays data. Download Clue at the Apple Store or Google Play.

 

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