Is 2021 the year you plan to get pregnant, or get serious about trying to get pregnant? If so, we have two pieces of advice for you; first, learn all you can to prepare your body for pregnancy. Second, we recommend downloading one of our favorite fertility apps.
Top 5 Fertility Apps to Help Your Body Conceive
These five fertility apps are some of the best out there, and they make it easier than ever to determine your optimal fertility window. It takes a solid three to six months of consistent tracking to get precise about when to time sex for optimal conception – or to recognize that any irregularity in your cycle needs to be addressed ASAP.
By tracking your menstrual cycle, which ranges from 21 to 40 days, allows you to learn about when you’re most likely to be ovulating. Using that information, you and your partner can become more informed baby makers because you’ll know when to time sex for optimal success.
The Clue period and ovulation tracker is one of the best and most respected fertility apps on the market. It’s easy to use the app’s interface and their website is also chock full of important information pertaining to female sexual health, sexuality, and reproduction.
The casual user may only check in to report the start, flow, and end to a period to yield basic menstrual cycle information. Women serious about getting pregnant should use the app every day – even things like changes in discharge, mood swings, or physical symptoms.
The large majority of the app’s features are free, but users can pay a small fee for in-app features such as monthly email-based fertility reports.
This app, and all of its features, are 100% free. Like Clue, Ovia provides algorithmically-generated statistics for your fertility road map on a daily basis. The longer and more often you use it, the more accurate the data will be. You can also sync data and share reports – including daily fertility scores – with your partner.
Ovia also tracks other important aspects of your health, such as your sleep habits and diet. However, one of our very favorite features is that you can use Ovia’s fertility app to connect anonymously with their community of women, which can become a tremendous support along your fertility journey – especially if it takes much longer than planned.
Glow has some tenure behind it, and used to have the #1 spot on our period tracking app list. One thing we love about Glow is that they have branched out to go far beyond a period tracking and fertility tool. It has expanded its app repertoire to include:
- Eve by Glow (to track your period)
- Glow (the fertility-specific feature to help you get pregnant by determining your most-likely ovulation window)
- Glow Nature (to provide up-to-date prenatal information after your pregnant, so you feel completely connected to baby and body development through this crucial time)
- Glow Baby (to support your baby and toddler’s ever-changing needs)
If you are someone who prefers to choose one great app and stick with it, then Glow is the way to go.
4. Period Tracker
Are you someone who tends to have more intense periods, suffer from PMS symptoms, have a heavier flow, etc.? If so, we recommend downloading Period Tracker. Because it’s labeled under the GP Apps label, it often disappears in online search results, which is a shame.
This app seems to do the best job of taking all of the seemingly random symptoms that are often overlooked but provide vital information about what’s going on for you in terms of hormones, periods (or not), and detecting potential reproductive issues such as endometriosis, PCOS, or potential hormone imbalance.
From what you’re currently craving to mild headaches, bloating, or irritability – the Period Tracker app can provide important information that will better inform your gynecologist or fertility specialist if an infertility factor is at work.
Flo also acts as a multi-stage fertility app, bridging the pre-conception and then pregnancy stages. We have found Flo is the best app for women who have irregular periods, or whose menstrual cycles are on the longer or shorter side of the “average” 21-40 day window. It seems to be better at taking your stats – rather than assimilating it with other women’s info – to create more pertinent data for women whose periods are on the 32+ day cycle. That said, you should always check in with your gynecologist if you have an irregular period.
We also appreciate the app’s chat feature, which allows you to anonymously share intimate information and get feedback, ideas, hypotheses, answers, etc., from the Flo community.
The team here at Reproductive Resource Center hopes that one of our favorite apps will help you learn more about yourself and your cycle. More importantly, we hope it helps you conceive. If not, and it’s taking longer than you think it should to get pregnant, schedule a consultation with us.