Fertility apps: the what, why and howMaría Arellano
While app use in self tracking for health has become more and more popular, contributing to a plethora of new ways to get to know more about your own health and your body, it has also contributed to a mix of contradicting outcomes.
Newer mobile technologies and your Fertility
Yes, there is a good side and a bad side even to the boom in health apps.
On the one hand the ocean-wide availability of new health apps means you can basically find a solution for almost any of your health needs.
On the other it also means that there are more and more options when you get to your favorite app store… and more choices can make things really confusing.
What you´ll learn
Here’s what we’ll learn in this post about fertility apps:
What are they and how are they different from pregnancy apps
Who are they for – can men use them?
What makes a fertility app into an AMAZING fertility app
Fertility apps versus pregnancy apps
What is the difference between a pregnancy app and a fertility app?
Pregnancy apps are geared to accompany you once you have already conceived. While fertility apps have to do with your ability to conceive children.
HiMama is a fertility app designed to help you stay on track with your menstrual cycle, pinpoint your fertile window and understand your body’s natural signs that let you know when you are ovulating.
If you want to stay in tune with your body and apps are your friends, there are clear differences and moments when you will best benefit from a fertility app versus a pregnancy app.
When to use a pregnancy app
Pregnancy apps – ok so you are waiting for a new life to form and come into the world, pregnancy apps are exactly what you are looking for.
They help you during all of the stages of pregnancy by helping you get organized for your doc appointments, keep track of the baby’s growth as well as juggle in different aspects of the expectant mama-to-be’s health.
Apps classified as pregnancy apps also vary enormously in terms of the service they provide.
Some are used for very specific moments– here’s looking at you contraction counter!
When to use a fertility app
Fertility – your baby isn’t here yet and you are totally aware of your menstrual cycle because A) you are planning on having a child…
maybe deciding on whether or not it’s the right moment to have a second child or B) you are doing everything to avoid getting pregnant (it’s just not the right time).
Fertility apps are designed to help you know what days of the month correspond with your fertility window. It’s your choice what you do with that information!
Are fertility apps only for women?
So who are fertility apps for, anyway? Can men use fertility apps?
Fertility apps for preventing pregnancy tend to be menstrual cycle apps (and yes that means that they are apps designed specifically for women).
That doesn’t mean men aren’t getting into the fertility ring, though.
Some fertility apps originally designed exclusively for women now offer partner synchronization so you can both receive updates and be on the same page while doing natural family planning.
Your relationship during natural family planning can definitely benefit from these forms of mobile communication.
Men are getting into the fertility game, too. Or so say the team at Trak, the fertility app designed specifically for men who want to become dads.
Trak is an at home male fertility testing system designed to deliver everything men need to test and get to know about their sperm count.
A similar smartphone-based sperm test can be found in the Yo Home Sperm Test.
Absolutely amazing fertility apps
If you are wading through tons of apps and they all look good to you, and you have little time, we are here to give you a quick run through of what’s available in the market and make your life a little easier.
So here goes, quick and painless and totally not an encyclopedia, we will let you know what makes a fertility app work and how you can find a good one.
How fertility apps work
Fertility apps vary according to what they intend to track or how they diagnose fertility.
The best fertility apps work in conjunction with physical devices that monitor body symptoms which serve as natural indicators of ovulation.
These symptoms include:
Rise in body temperature – also known as basal body temperature (BBT)
Cervical mucus changes
Hormones – measured through urine tests or saliva
Breast soreness or tenderness
Changes in the cervix
Light spotting or discharge
The best fertility apps work in conjunction with physical monitors that record data on the symptoms we mentioned above.
What makes a fertility app into a GREAT fertility app has been studied in depth.
Here’s what researchers have found: menstrual cycle apps can be easily classified into three categories and one of these categories rates at the top of the chart as the most reliable.
The categories are calendar-based apps, calculothermal apps and symptothermal apps.
The last of these (symptothermal apps) scored highest on their rating of efficiency in predicting fertile days.
HiMama is a symptothermal fertility app. Symptothermal apps are those that rely on symptoms of the current menstrual cycle you are coursing in order to determine your fertile window.
Calender-based apps and calculothermal apps utilize data from past menstrual cycles and tend to determine more rigid dates for your fertile window.
This is a problem because ovaries don’t work on a fixed schedule… no they do not wait until exactly 12pm on the 16th of the month to release an egg!
Symptothermal fertility apps are always updating your information and giving you news about your fertile window based on your body’s current symptoms.
So if this month your ovaries decide to let loose a few days earlier, symptothermal apps are better prepared to catch the signs and let you know.
The Ocean-wide Fertility App list
Ok, so we’ve mentioned that the app scene health-wise is booming, ocean-wide we said. What does that mean, anyway?
Here’s a superficial look at just how wide is ocean-wide.
The following is a list of fertility related apps that are currently available for download.
Period Tracker Lite
And the best fertility app of them all: hiMama
Don’t believe us? Try it out for yourself!
XXIst Century fertility awareness
At hiMama we believe women have the right to know more about how reproductive health works and to make empowered decisions based on facts, decisions about our future, our family’s future and how we want to keep growing professionally in the Twenty First century.
Newer technologies aid this empowerment and have contributed to facilitating our right to decide when we want to become mothers.
Any questions about how the hiMama fertility app can help you track your fertility? Let us know!