Trying to conceive can be a stressful time, especially if it's taking longer than you expected and your period isn't exactly regular.
There are various different ways to track your fertility, including natural methods like monitoring your temperature throughout your cycle.
But if that seems like hard work, why not download an app and let it do the hard work for you?
Fertility tracker apps
There are many different fertility, period and ovulation trackers available to download that could help you get pregnant.
But basically what you want to track is your fertile window and when ovulation is going to occur.
So here are 9 of the best FREE apps for you to choose from.
- Clue: Plugging your data into an algorithm that calculates and predicts your own unique cycle, Clue tracks cramps, emotions, skin, hair, sleep, sex, pain, moods, cervical fluid and more.
- Period Tracker: You simply input your data and this app predicts when your period will arrive. That makes it easier to work out your fertile window. Its unique selling point is how detailed its tracking is.
- Ovia: Ovia incorporates multiple fertility and key health indicators, like eating and sleeping habits, to predict ovulation and claims it can get users pregnant faster.
- Kindara: Not only does Kindara track your period and ovulation through charts, but it can monitor basal body temperature (body temperature at rest) and cervical fluid to learn about hormone levels in your body and tell you the best time to conceive.
- Flo: This popular app tracks your period, ovulation, and fertility. It also notifies you about your most fertile days, which are the most ideal for conception. It tracks your cycle, period, and PMS symptoms, and presents all of your data in handy charts.
- Natural Cycles: This app identifies ovulation by analyzing your basal body temperature. This is a key factor in tracking ovulation because your basal body temperature tends to rise after you ovulate. Learn about your own cycle with daily updates that tell you where you are in your cycle, when you’re in the fertile phase, when ovulation is detected and predicted, and when to expect a period.
- Ovulation Calendar & Fertility: This app lets you know when you’re most likely to get pregnant using your body temperature, presence of cervical mucus, and where you are in your ovulation calendar.
- Eve Period Tracker: Eve includes a 28-day ovulation calendar, plenty of tools to log your sexual experiences, and a mood tracker.
- Bellabeat Period Diary: Track your ovulation and all the symptoms and moods that come along with it, and you can export your data at any time to share with family, friends, or a healthcare professional.
When should you see a doctor?
Fertility tracking apps can provide useful information to make family planning and cycle-tracking easier, but they're no substitute for medical advice from your OB-GYN.
If you’re having trouble conceiving or are experiencing any unusual symptoms related to your menstrual cycle and reproductive health, you should make an appointment to see a healthcare professional as soon as possible.
The information you've been tracking in your app can be very useful for your doctor.