Ovulation Predictor Apps – What’s all the hype?
What is with all of the ovulation predictor apps? How do you use them? What do they mean? Well, we are here to help you.
These ovulation predictor apps help you determine and keep track of your fertile window. Your fertile window is the couple of days during each cycle that conception is possible and when ovulation is expected to occur. By using fertility charting to track your natural fertility signs you can learn more about when your fertile window will likely be. What in the world is fertility charting? It involves observing and recording your fertility signs. Some of the signs that are recorded include basal body temperature (BBT) or cervical fluid. Using this information the app assists you in determining when your fertile window is.
Not all apps are looking for the same data. Like we mentioned above, some look at BBT, cervical fluid or mucous membrane consistency, but some also use ovulation predictor kit (OPK) test results to help give you precise details about your personal cycle.
So how does this all work? Your fertility is driven by hormones, allowing the cycle to be predicted based on the expected hormone changes. The figure on the right shows you what is going on during your cycle. As many of you know cycle day one is the first day of menstruation. Ovulation happens when the Luteinizing Hormone (LH) surges. This is what OPKs are looking for. The LH surge typically happens on day 14 of your cycle, if you have a “normal” cycle. With your LH surge, the BTT is known to increase as well. After ovulation your progesterone rises providing an optimal environment for attachment of an embryo by thickening the endometrial lining. The lining then sheds in the event implantation does not occur. For this reason these apps are great for tracking your cycle and helping you determine more specific details about your own menstrual cycle. One thing you might notice is that some of the apps become more accurate the longer you are using them. Some will also adjust each month if your cycle started early or late.
Fertility Friend seems to be one of the top and easiest apps to use. This app takes your personal data entry into account to determine your most fertile day’s base on your own personal patterns. It even allows you to track intercourse. Best part is you can use it online to track in addition to the app. Another neat feature is that you can track fertility treatments in the same app including when you take fertility medications, when you have IUI’s, IVF retrievals, and IVF transfers. This app can even help you connect with others within the community who might be going through similar fertility journeys.
There are many great FREE apps. What is your favorite fertility app?