For any couple trying to conceive, it can be a scary and stressful situation. And being stressed can impact your ability to get pregnant, as well as your mindset and that of your husband or partner.
While you can guess when you might be ovulating based on knowing when you are menstruating and doing the calculations in your head, there are actually lots of apps and devices that can chart the data for you, and let you know exactly when your five-day fertility window is likely to be, your hormone levels, and provide advice and guidance.
Some of the apps work with specific tracking devices, like smartwatches and fitness bands. Others can work on their own, too. And then there are fertility-specific devices that are designed specifically for couples who are trying to bring a beautiful new bundle of joy into the world.
10 Fitbit App
If you have a Fitbit activity tracker or smartwatch, one of the things you can track using the app is your menstrual cycle. Once you enter your period, it will calculate not only when you can expect to get your next period so you are prepared, but also each day of your cycle, including your one-week fertile window. Knowing when you are most likely to be fertile can help with conception. If the predicted period is incorrect, you can adjust the dates using a slider. You can also log specific details, such as flow and what other symptoms you had, like cramps, tender breasts, mood changes, acne, and more. And the Fitbit app measures other things that can impact your overall health, including activity, sleep, hydration, heart rate (with compatible trackers), and general level of fitness.
9 Garmin Connect
Within the Garmin Connect app, which contains apps you can use with various compatible Garmin activity trackers and smartwatches, is a menstrual tracker that helps you better understand your cycle, and thus determine the best times to try and conceive. You can identify patterns, and make changes to help improve your mood, alleviate stress, and hopefully make conception happen. Once you start logging, you’ll get predictions on when your next period might come, as well as when you’re likely to be most fertile. The more data you log, the more accurate the predictions will become.
8 Apple Watch App
New in the latest Apple Watch OS, watchOS6, is a Cycle Tracking app that works much the same as Garmin’s and Fitbit’s app. Manually log your period, and the app will predict when the next one will come, as well as your fertile window, making adjustments as time passes and you advise if the predictions were right or wrong.
Add other details as well, just as with the other apps, including the flow and symptoms, as well as results from ovulation prediction kits and other elements of fertility tracking. It works with an Apple Watch and any iPhone on iOS 13.
7 Bellabeat Leaf Urban Fitness Tracker
This stylish tracker can be worn around your neck, wrist, or clipped to your shirt and measures activity, steps, stress, and sleep – all factors that can impact your ability to conceive. Optimized for use by women (and fashionable!) it also tracks your period, fertility, and ovulation. You can also track when you have to take pills through reminders, and track pregnancy once conception has successfully occurred. The newest Bellabeat, the Leaf Chakra, adds features like energizing and relaxation techniques that can get you into the right mindset for successful conception.
6 Ava Fertility Tracking Bracelet
This bracelet is designed specifically for helping women who are trying to conceive keep track of their monthly cycle and discover their five-day fertile window each month. Wear it at night and sync it with the app in the morning. It measures physiological parameters like pulse rate, breathing rate, heart rate variability, and temperature, all of which are impacted by reproductive hormones estradiol and progesterone. Using this data, it can predict an average of 5.3 fertile days per cycle with 89% accuracy, says the company based on a clinical study it conducted at the University Hospital in Zurich.
There’s a reason the term “Netflix and Chill” has become so popular. There’s nothing like cuddling up on the couch and binge-watching a hot new series to get you in the mood to do the deed.
Forget romantic music: put on the latest drama like Dead To Me, thriller like Stranger Things or Black Mirror, or romantic comedy like Always Be My Maybe, and “chill.” Before you know it, you might have a little bambino between you, and be binge-watching cartoons instead.
4 Clue Fertility App
Before Apple launched menstrual cycle tracking on its Watch, many female users were using the Clue app instead, downloaded to the smartwatch. Created by the Obstetrics & Gynecology Journal, the app uses an algorithm to calculate and predict your next cycle. You can also record your mood and sexual activity each month, allowing you to get a better understanding of patterns over time. The Website also provides really useful and educational articles on topics like spotting or bleeding during ovulation and what that might mean.
3 Glow Fertility App
This app includes a menstrual and ovulation calculator, as well as basal body temperature chart, allowing you to accurately predict when you’re most likely to get pregnant. Like the other apps, women can also track mood, symptoms, and other cycle-related details. Additionally, those using IVF and IUI can also connect with a community of others doing the same. And the app can track male fertility, too.
2 Mira Fertility Tracker
Using this wand, you can measure your urine for the presence of LH and determine how much of the hormone is detected to identify spikes that might indicate you are ovulating. Using the app with it, you can also keep track of your cycle, predict when you are most likely to be ovulating next, and log irregularities that you can discuss with your doctor at the next visit. It uses artificial intelligence (AI) to learn how your hormone patterns change over time, and even provides fertility advice.
1 Wink Oral Thermometer
Pop this thermometer into your mouth to track your basal body temperature at the same time each morning before you get out of bed and determine fertility patterns based on the information. It works with the Kindara app where you can log other details, like the consistency of your cervical fluid, when you had sex, and other data to help you determine the right time to try and conceive. You can also chat with the supportive community of other users who are, like you, trying to conceive, to see how their progress is coming along, and cheer them along once they succeed.