We’re sure you’re familiar with the phrase ‘There’s probably an app for that!’ Not an internet meme but a fact, now smartphone apps can help track your fertility. To help predict the best time to try getting pregnant, some apps indicate when your body is best primed for conception, others analyse whether the effect your diet and other lifestyle habits are helping or harming your chances of starting a family. And yet others can assist you and your partner by combining and comparing your individual statistics to rate your chances of starting a family, as a couple. Here are M&B’s top six selections for the best help you can get from a mobile phone app
BY SIMONA TERRON
TODAY we’re using our smartphones increasingly for tasks one couldn’t have imagined would be relegated to technology at our fingertips. And yet here we are, ordering our groceries, food, selecting our entertainment, booking appointments for an indulgent spa date in the same breath as a more prosaic dental hygiene session.
While we’re catching up with world events on the news via Twitter or checking the weather to be better prepared, should it really come as a surprise that the very future of our species now depends on using our smartphones effectively? We did the work for you and have narrowed it down to half a dozen apps for tracking your fertility, picking the best time to make a baby, and of course, ensuring you do everything to succeed in expanding your loving family.
HERE ARE THE SIX BEST FERTILITY TRACKING APPS FOR YOUR SMARTPHONE: 1 FERTILITY FRIEND COST:
You can download and access the basic version of this app for nothing at all but we highly recommend that you fork over the dough for a $45-annual (approximately `3,000) premium membership. Even if you choose to go with the free version, you ought to know that this ranks highly among all the well-appreciated free apps in terms of effectiveness and use.
WHAT IT OFFERS: This will buy you VIP access to message boards where you can discuss issues with others in the same boat, and take advantage of advanced features such as the ‘intercourse timing analyser’ and even a detailed analysis of your fertility signals, especially the ones that can indicate a potential pregnancy. Perhaps this must do with the fact that it claims to have pioneered the concept of online fertility charting. And 15-plus years of experience and 650,000+ pregnancies must account for something, right?
USER-FRIENDLY: This is perhaps the least easy to use, but because the algorithm is so scientifi cally superior, this seems to be a small price to pay in the long run.
USER REVIEW STATS: 4.5/5
2KINDARA COST: Free but it works alongside an oral thermometer called Wink, which retails for $129 (approximately `8,700), and syncs automatically to the app.
WHAT IT OFFERS: Kindara uses the information gleaned from monitoring your basal body temperature and cervical fl uid. These give it the lowdown on your body’s current hormone levels and predicts the best time for conception based on this data.
USER-FRIENDLY: Reviewers laud that this app automatically syncs temperature with Wink for better Basal Body Temperaturefriendly tracking. Large numbers of users found it scientific and easy to use but warn that it often takes multiple cycles to understand its patterns. And users who forget to trigger the Save button, the app won’t take auto backup and not sync between devices. But what won the popularity vote were its brief series of articles about how to follow the Fertility Awareness Method, briefly educating users about everything they needed to know, compared to all the masses of literature out there on the subject.
USER REVIEW STATS: 4.1/5
3. OVUVIEW COST: Free but the pro version’s ($4.99 or approximately `340) features include sync between devices, auto cloud back-up, advanced full text search and other such rare, exceedingly useful gems.
WHAT IT OFFERS: This app’s design allows for being as singularly focused on specific markers or it can draw a wider, more intricately detailed overall picture to track your most intimate bioprocesses, omprehend the data and use it to predict more precise patterns and outcomes. The app also allows users to back up their personal data and makes it easily available for sharing with their doctors in formats that are compatible with the clinic database software.
USER-FRIENDLY: A ridiculously simple interface means all you need to do is save your start and end dates of your period for a couple of consecutive months. This helps predict your cycle and track everything you need to predict the best time to get pregnant or avoid doing so. But the feature that has many reviewers gushing is that they appreciate being able to share the data with their partners thus facilitating better communication and combined responsibility.
USER REVIEW STATS: 4.5/5
4. GLOW COST: Free but the premium version is available in monthly, annual and lifetime subscriptions. It has a suite of four apps: Ovulation Fertility, Pregnancy Tracker, Baby for breastfeeding, and Eve Period. While some users
complain that the app is too expensive compared to others in its category, the price tag for each of these are
free, but premium membership of any one, gives you access to the entire Glow family of apps.
WHAT IT OFFERS: This app allows users to add exercise and sleep as factors to track for more informative
results. It is also designed to be used by both men and women, with a feature that links your data and that of
your partner’s to give you a more comprehensive picture of your fertility as a couple. Premium membership
also gets you access to related feature articles from top-rated sources in the whole app family.
The two advanced features are comparative insights and private messaging to other app users. But several
users have reported that this interactive tool resulted in inviting judgement and unsolicited advice from some
members of the community.
USER-FRIENDLY: The interface is sleek, uncluttered, and fast to load. It also happens to be delightfully
intuitive with predictive abilities within two months of use—that’s almost the blink of an eye in this context.
USER REVIEW STATS: 4.6/5
5.CLUE COST: Free. There is no premium version. WHAT IT OFFERS: This app allows for a whole lot of customisation where you ‘teach’ it via inputting your data, and the algorithm uses it to calculate and predict your own unique cycle. For a free app, this high level of tailor-made approach is unusual and thus welcome. But one can expect no less from a German-built tool, considering they are the only medical device industry that is flush with funds for research.
USER-FRIENDLY: The most unusual feature of this app is also what sets it apart from all the apps out there, free or premium. It saves users the time required to input data on a regular basis because Clue sends notifications to your smartphone. All you need to do is click to update the information you’re being prompted for. No need to go into the app or set reminders to do so, at all. A well-designed visual calendar has a layout that gives you everything you need to know at a single glance. And their informative emails are filled with interesting facts in bitesized nuggets.
USER REVIEW STATS: 4.6/5
6. DAYSY COST: $375 (or approximately `25,500) WHAT IT OFFERS: This fertility monitor is synced to an app, which uses machine learning technology to glean information from tracking your menstrual cycle. The device requires you to take your oral temperature daily, and when synced with the app, the readings and data entry will help to confirm if you are fertile or not with an accuracy of 99.3 per cent! The app also makes it easy to share your fertility data with your partner and has the distinction of being certified as a medical device with a European registration.
USER-FRIENDLY: The app itself doesn’t sync well between other devices such as smartphones and computers. Customers find this highly annoying given the steep price of the combination product (app + device).
USER REVIEW STATS: 4.9/5
Compare these apps and feel free to scout around while trying to figure what works best for you and your comfort levels. While some of you may be willing to spend a big packet as an investment in your future bundle of joy, there may be those of you who want to take advantage of the free apps as merely a support system to more traditional methods of observing, recording and documenting your fertility-related statistics. Either way, the power is, quite literally, in your hands. Here’s hoping you find the best app in your quest for happiness. ■