5 Smartphone Apps to Help Track Fertility

Image adapted via Flickr / Cristiano Betta
Image adapted via Flickr / Cristiano Betta

When you decide that you and your partner are ready to expand your family, and you're looking to get pregnant, the process may sound simple enough. I mean, for many years, we've likely been spending time doing what we can to not get pregnant, so getting pregnant can't be that hard, right? 

Except for some people it is. 

I didn't have any issues with getting pregnant until I tried to conceive my fourth child. Thankfully, my battle was relatively small compared to others', but those 14 months seemed like forever to me. I had always used smartphone apps to help plan conception, doing things like keeping track of basal body temperatures and estimating when the best times to try to conceive would be by using all the information available. I believe it's helped me get pregnant for each of my children and could help you, too, if you're trying (or not trying) to get pregnant.

Gone are the days of taking pen to paper, graphing, and guessing the interpretations yourself.

Keeping track of your fertility signs is a lot easier now, thanks to applications available on smartphones. Gone are the days of taking pen to paper, graphing, and guessing the interpretations yourself – because phones can do it all for us. If you're on the hunt for a fertility app, here are some that offer a little something different so you can choose the right one for your needs.

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Fertility Friend

I've been using Fertility Friend for years, and it's, in my opinion, the best app both for trying to get pregnant and for family planning. This program keeps track of your basal body temperatures and interprets your most fertile days, plus you have access to many great features in the free app. If you upgrade to the VIP package, even more amazing tools become available to you. If you do get pregnant, the app is still useful, as it tracks all you need for your pregnancy as well. 

Available for iPhone and Android
Cost: Free with VIP upgrades

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iVitro

Not everyone can get pregnant the “old fashioned” way, and in vitro is an option many couples are using to grow their family. Going through the process requires a lot of appointments and keeping track of medication needed to achieve pregnancy, which can all get easily lost. This app helps you organize all those important details and keeps you up to speed on all you need to make the process a little less stressful.  

Available for iPhone
Cost: $9.99

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Woman Calendar

This app offers a lot of the same features as Fertility Friend, including tracking your temperatures, physical symptoms, and fertile windows. One perk of this app is it also has the option of password protection, keeping your private information private. 

Available for iPhone
Cost: $9.99

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Period Plus

If you're looking for an app that has a lot more fun and colors, this is a good option. This free app offers a lot of great tools including keeping track of your menstrual cycle, the length and flow of your period, as well as a fun game to help keep the humor in all your tracking. 

Available for iPhone
Cost: Free

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WomanLog Calendar

A great free app that is only available for the Android devices, this has everything you need to help you track your fertility. It's available in many different languages, keeps track of your temperatures and physical symptoms, and a big bonus is that you get to view up to three months at a time on the screen. 

Available for Android
Cost: Free

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5 Smartphone Apps to Help Track Fertility

Devan McGuinness is the founder of the online resource Unspoken Grief, which is dedicated to breaking the silence of perinatal grief for those directly and indirectly affected by miscarriage, stillbirth and neonatal death. Using her own experience of surviving 12 miscarriages, Devan has been actively supporting and encouraging others who are wading through the challenges associated with perinatal and neonatal loss. Winner of the 2012 Bloganthropy Award and named one of Babble's “25 bloggers wh ... More

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2 comments

  1. Profile photo of TaKeisha TaKeisha says:

    March of Dimes also offers a calendar/ovulation tracker on their website.

  2. Profile photo of Michelle Michelle says:

    Have you tried Pink Pad? I used it simply to track my period, but it also tracks your expected ovulation. You can also track weight, temp, mood, and sick days, and days you’ve been intimate. There are two version one is free, the other costs $2.99. It’s available go the from the Amazon app store and Google play. I don’t know about iPad and iPhone.

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