They say that getting pregnant nowadays involves a lot of effort - and a lot of tech! This might seem cynical, but let's face it, most of us spend the majority of our young adult lives trying to ward off pregnancy, so when it comes to planning your perfect family, we never expect it to take very long. But trust us when we say, falling pregnant is not as easy as you might think, so don't feel too let down if there's still no positive pregnancy test after only a month or two of trying.
Something that can really improve your chances of pregnancy is a fertility app. These apps track your period cycle, allowing women to learn about their ovulation patterns and feel more connected to their bodies as a whole. But with so many on the market, it can be hard to know which one to try and how exactly the app can help you.
Before we begin reviewing our top 5 - just a word of warning. Most of these apps ask you to log your sexual activity so that they can track how often you have sex on a weekly basis and predict how likely you are to concieve. While this is helpful, you shouldn't let it kill the romance in your relationship. If you find yourself reaching for your phone the moment you've finished having sex, you risk compromising the intimacy and excitement in your couple. Remember to prioritise this too! There's no rush, you can always log your sexual activity the next day.
Now that we're all debriefed, here are the four apps Mother & Baby recommend:
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Glow is a free menstrual and ovulation calculator as well as a basal body temperature (BBT) chart that records your period dates, mood, symptoms, sex and medications. Uniquely, it also provides support for women undergoing fertility treatments such as IVF or IUI. The daily health log allows users to record their emotions, stress level, weight, exercise and more.
Having read a lot of reviews, we can see that the reason Glow is so popular is due to it's simple, user-friendly nature. For fertility app newbies, this is a great one to start with as it spoon-feeds you all the information you need about your ovulation cycle, without requiring too much effort or taking over your life. Women report it to be useful, effective and straightforward.
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If you’re trying to conceive, Ovia is a reliable way to go. The free app lets you record all sorts of details like your cycle type, length, how long you’ve been trying to conceive, and even cervical fluid. It gives you a fertility score between one and 10 on how likely you are to conceive on a particular day and will also tell you what your ovaries are doing, or preparing to do, at each stage in your cycle.
Ovia fertility has been praised for its precision in tracking a whole host of intimate details about its users. This includes the option to add fields for food and water intake, making baby planning even more meticulous. Ovia is great for those who monitor what they eat closely. It also tracks your blood pressure, weight and sleep cycle.
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Based on the fertility awareness method, Kindara is a free ovulation calculator, BBT chart and period calendar. It allows users to track their periods, when they have sex, pregnancy test results and gives them ovulation predictions. And for those looking for even more detail, you can even record cervical height, firmness and fluid. Kindara gives users the chance to create daily journal entries detailing whatever they think is relevant.
The one downside of Kindara is that it operates using a lot of charts and graphs, so if you prefer something more visually accessible, this is perhaps not the one for you. However, the real USP of Kindara is that it offers a wireless, oral fertility thermometer called Wink, that syncs with the app via Bluetooth. Whereas with other apps, you take your own temperature manually and enter it into the app, this direct method is perhaps more reliable.
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Natural Cycles is a powerful fertility tool to get to know your body and truly understand how your cycle works, helping you to work out when you are at your most fertile, by tracking your basal body temperature every day. Every day it will give you a clear indication as to your fertility status - whether that's "peak fertility" or "not fertile".
Natural Cycles is really clear and straightforward to get your head round visually. For that reason we really like it. It's also one of the only apps that has two different modes for preventing and planning pregnancy, which is conveniently adaptable to the stage of life you find yourself. The only slight downside is that it isn't free - you can pay either £5.99 a month or £39.99 a year with an oral basal thermometer included.
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