How to Use a Fertility App to Get Pregnant
Whether you’re just starting out or you’ve spent years trying to avoid getting pregnant, you probably don’t want to spend more than a year trying to conceive. In general, if you’re younger than 35, in good health, and having intercourse regularly (at least three times per week), you should get pregnant within six to 12 months. If you’re older, you should consider seeing your doctor after six months of trying.
The baby making process can be a little more complicated if you and your spouse have tight working schedules or are living in different cities. In such cases, timing is everything.
From calendar methods, to basal thermometers and ovulation predictor kits or fertility monitors, you now have everything to help you maximize your chances of getting pregnant very fast. What more? You also have apps (some free) to help you conceive soon after you start trying.
These apps are can help you track signs and symptoms of fertility. But before delving into the world of apps, a few words of caution. Don’t forget to boost your fertility (more on that in this post) and don’t rely heavily on these apps. It is important that you also learn to understand your body and changes that may occur in your body during your cycles.
The video below provides information (besides using a fertility app) that you should consider when trying to conceive.
How Do Fertility Apps Work?
Although all apps basically help you track your fertility, they do not function in the same way. Some measure your basal body temperature and store the information whereas others check your saliva and cervical mucus during your cycles.
Others helps you check your overall health by tracking your sleep patterns as well as other habits such as exercise and diet. Some apps have amazing features that can synchronize you and your partner’s data to give you details of your fertility health as a couple.
Each of the apps reviewed in this post tells you exactly what each can do and what you should expect. You should bear in mind that fertility apps are not 100% accurate and most of them rely on the data that you enter to give you results.
How to Get the Best Results with Fertility Apps
1. Enter Accurate Data
Some apps require that you examine your cervical mucus, for example, and enter your observations to help determine your most fertile period. This said, if you enter erroneous data, you will definitely not get reliable results.
In some cases, an app will require that you enter subjective information such as your mood on different days of your cycle, weight, sexual activity, and breast tenderness, etc.
2. Enter Your Data Regularly
You need to enter your information regularly so that the app can use these data to track your cycles and determine when you’re most likely to ovulate.
You can’t completely rely on the calendar (app) since your cycle lengths can vary each month. However, some apps permit you to enter more data, so they can do more than tracking your periods. Some apps will also notify you about the best time to have intercourse based on the data that you entered.
3. Take Some Time to Analyze Your Data
These apps, especially those that permit you to do more than just track your periods, can provide helpful information to help you understand your cycles. Some apps feature many beautiful charts to show weight and temperature changes, period and cycle length and more.
By taking some time to study your charts, you might notice patterns that you might have otherwise missed if you weren’t tracking your cycles. This can help you understand what is happening in your body and, consequently, you might be able to determine when the app gets things wrong.
What Are the Advantages and Disadvantages of Using A Fertility App to Get Pregnant?
If you feel like technology is something that you fancy and are comfortable about using an app to get pregnant quickly, it would help that you research the different apps available and what these can and can’t do. After everything, more than 30 apps are currently available and you want to find out what might work best for you.
Fertility Apps Can Help You Determine Your Fertile Window
By tracking your cycles, a fertility app can help you determine when you’re most fertile during your cycle. By knowing when you’re most fertile, you can increase your chances of getting pregnant by having intercourse on your most fertile days.
In addition, if you’ve had difficulties conceiving, you might want to know whether you’re doing things correctly or whether you and/or your partner need to be examined by a physician for an underlying health condition that can affect your reproductive health. By using an app to track your fertility, you can gain insight into your fertility and avoid spending several years trying in vain.
Fertility Apps Can Store Your Information
The information that you enter is stored in a cloud and you can always log in to analyze your data so that you can better understand your cycles. These apps are designed such that you have a calendar, where you can record your periods, basal body temperature, and cervical mucus consistency. Some are more advanced and would also permit you to enter information such as premenstrual symptoms or mood changes. Together, information can help you better understand your reproductive system even if your initial aim was to track your cycles.
Apps Are Not 100% Accurate
It is impossible to determine when exactly you’re going to ovulate. This is because your cycles can differ in length and a variance of even one day can change the day you’re going to ovulate. This said, it is difficult for an app to always correctly determine your most fertile days.
Besides, an app uses the data that you input to calculate your fertile periods. So, if you enter incorrect data, you are most likely going to get erroneous results.
If you’re entering your basal body temperature readings, for example, you need to make sure that you take your temperature at about the same time every day before getting put of bed.
There’re other precautions that you have to take when measuring your body temperature (more in this post).
You Need to Know What App to Use
Not all apps can provide the information that you need, which explains why you need to do a bit of research (read reviews and/or talk to friends or a health care practitioner) before downloading (and purchasing an app). You need to enter the right information into an app so that it can calculate the data correctly.
Note that some apps are not available on all platforms. This is the case of the Glow Ovulation App By Glow, which is only available on the App Store for iOS devices.
It can be challenging to find the right fertility app given the number of apps that have been developed to help couples struggling to get pregnant. In addition, some apps won’t give you the results that you desire either because you fail to enter your data accurately and consistently or because the app was poorly developed. Besides, other factors such as cycle variability can affect the results provided by these apps.
While an app can help you to get pregnant faster, you should bear in mind that other factors can affect your fertility and it is important that you take these into consideration when using an app to help you conceive.