For lots of people, conceiving isn't as easy as someone might expect. The journey towards parenthood is often long and full of bumps in the road.
This is where mobile apps can come in handy. They can help you track your ovulation cycles, keep a note on your fertile periods, and some more advanced can even help you take daily temperature readings collected by special wearables.
These apps can analyze all collected data and recommend the best times for you to try to conceive, all from the privacy of your home and your mobile device.
Here, we listed some of the most popular fertility apps that can help you plan your pregnancy.
Ovia Fertility Tracker & Ovulation Calculator App
Ovia Health platform is one of the leaders in digital healthcare technology for women and families. The apps they've created have helped millions of women track their cycles, conceive naturally, and live happier, healthier lives, including Ovia Fertility, Ovia Pregnancy we reviewed here on SteadyHealth and Ovia Parenting.
Ovia Fertility, as its name suggests, is a fertility app that uses algorithms based on cutting-edge fertility research to help users conceive faster by tracking their cycle and predicting the exact ovulation and fertile window.
Besides using traditional methods, such as fertility charting and ovulation calendars, Ovia Fertility app also tries to make customized predictions based on the personal information that users share with the app. This approach helps to make accurate predictions even for women with irregular periods.
Ovia Fertility app also features expert articles on fertility and conception, and it allows users to export, share or sync their data with their partners or doctors.
Fertility Friend app is an advanced ovulation calculator, menstrual calendar, fertility chart and period tracker. It helps you track your period and other fertility signs, including basal body temperature/BBT, cervical fluid, symptoms, and so on, trying to interpret them for each user and provide personalized TTC tips and analysis.
Alongside these tips and analysis, Fertility Friend app also creates an exclusive fertility chart and ovulation calendar for each user, as well as alerts that would notify users about their ovulation date and the best days to conceive.
The app also contains other interesting content, such as educational videos, tutorials, quizzes, eBook, fertility chart interpretation games, and a forum where users can share their experiences.
Another great thing about this app is that once pregnant you won't need separate pregnancy tracker app because Fertility Friend app allows users to keep track of their pregnancy thanks to the integrated Pregnancy Tracker.
Glow app is probably most popular period and ovulation tracker and fertility calendar app among women who are trying to get pregnant. Similar to other fertility apps, it helps women learn about their fertility and improve their reproductive health, not only if they're trying to conceive, but avoiding pregnancy as well.
Glow app is an ovulation tracker that besides ovulation and period, also records your mood, sex, symptoms, and medications, also providing assistance to those undergoing fertility treatments like IVF or IUI.
You should keep in mind that Glow app asks their users to share a lot of personal information including users' sex lives, history of miscarriages, abortions and more. Also, you should be aware that there were a serious privacy flaws discovered in Glow fertility tracker app last year that should be fixed meanwhile.
Period Diary is a free multilingual (translated to 7 languages) app for Android and iPhone. It is also a multifunctional tool, containing menstruation cycle tracker, ovulation and PMS calendar and a general female health and fertility monitor, that allows women track their period, ovulation, over 20 moods, weight, over 30 symptoms, or add notes.
It is a great tool not only for women who're planning to get pregnant. Others who want to avoid pregnancy could use it as a pill tracker, making sure they don't miss their birth control.
Trackers in the app can be synced with the calendar. The app also sends fertility and period notifications and allows exporting and sharing data. There's a forum that connects women worldwide.
Period Diary is free to use, but it also offers Pro version for $1.99.
Kindara app is made to work with the first Bluetooth connected basal body temperature (BBT) thermometer called Wink that syncs with an app. The app, however, can be used as standalone fertility and ovulation tracker on Android and iPhone.
Kindara app helps women understand their cycle, so they can get pregnant faster, avoid pregnancy naturally, manage perimenopause or conditions like PCOS, and generally live healthier lives in-sync with their bodies, using the proven science of the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), which is up to 99.6% effective when used correctly.
Clue app is another period tracker and ovulation app that is backed by science to help women discover the unique patterns in their menstrual cycle.
It is rated as the top free period tracker app by the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, a publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).
Women who are trying to conceive and those who don't want to get pregnant can use Clue app to track their period, PMS, ovulation and fertility, letting app send them reminder notifications about each.
The app can be also used to track sex, moods, cramps, pain level (in certain health conditions, such as PCOS), cervical fluid, hair, skin, sleep, and more. The algorithm the app is based on gets "smarter" the more you use it.
Clue app is available for free on iPhone and Android devices.
Dot period tracker is an app that focuses more on contraception and how to effectively prevent pregnancy, but it can be also used for planning pregnancy by tracking each woman's unique cycle lengths.
The app is based on a new family planning method called Dynamic Optimal Timing, which tells the users their individual conception risks each day of their cycle.
This algorithm compares your data to global data sets, which helps Dot app calculate conception risk or chances for each day of the individual cycle and shows users if they are at low, medium or high risk for pregnancy.
Just like the Clue app, Dot period tracker gets "smarter" the more you use it and can tailor information to each user individually.