I think we are basically accustomed to having an app for everything by now. I actually don’t even have a smart phone (I know, what the hell, right?) and have come up with plenty of my own app ideas. Just a couple of weeks ago I was daydreaming about this perfect app for spacing out your book loans from the library. I’m a die hard library fan, ok? But I digress…
So, you may naturally wonder if there is an app for natural birth control. Can you use one of those period tracking things and go off of what it tells you?
Let me answer the question first: No. Do not expect a period tracking app to tell you when you are fertile. Take it from me – They don’t know crap, they’re just making guesses based off “regular” cycle lengths. Even if they are going by your cycles, they still only have past cycles to go off of. You want to know what is happening in this cycle. After all, that’s when you would get pregnant, right?
But there are apps. And apps that can actually help you use the sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness (since, it’s actually effective). They aren’t all created equal, and you can see more on my views about whether you should be using them at all here. Today, though I want to tell you about some of the specific apps you may want to use or encounter if you have already started using the sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness and just want somewhere better than paper to store your information.
First, the information you want to store is at least 2 fertility signs, cervical fluid and basal body temperature. If your app doesn’t have that.. Oh, girl, trash that thing so fast.
Next, find an app that does not tell you when you are going to be fertile. It’s trying to bullsh*t you into believing it, but you are a sly dog and this app ain’t pulling one over on you.
Finally, make sure that if you are using an app it’s because you have already learned the sympto-thermal method of fertility awareness through another source (like me, your friendly neighborhood fertility awareness educator), because I have never seen a complete education coming from an app. Even if they are supposed to educate you. I know it sounds seductive, but invest in the long term and you will thank yourself later.
So, how ’bout an app round up? Want to know which apps are actually worth using if you are wanting to keep track of your cycle information? There are a couple that I recommend using, but remember my advice from above. An app is meant to be used to store your information, not to determine your fertility for you.
Kindara: Kindara is a app without any kind of interpretation of your data (unless you indicate you are trying to get pregnant, because you don’t need to be quite as precise if that is the case). You can put in cervical fluid, temperature, and cervical position. You can also make notes about other things that you may be keeping track of.
Groove: Groove is a new app that I like the looks of because it’s not pink. Again, I like that they don’t predict when you will be fertile or interpret your fertility signs for you. I know this sounds like a major bummer, but believe me, I have seen so many cycles that have been misinterpreted by apps that you do not want to put your birth control in the hands of an app. Groove is also owned by a lovely lady that wants to help more women love and tune into their cycles. They have the biggies for inputting the data you need.
Sympto: Sympto doesn’t predict when you will be fertile, but it does tell you when you have entered the fertile time and when you have exited it. I tolerate this from sympto because they use cute phrases like calling cervical fluid “life elixer”. Plus, I am acquainted with the creators of sympto and they take their jobs very seriously. They just love fertility awareness and helping women be more in tune with their bodies. They also get bonus points for having an android app.
OvuView: I personally like this app better for the cervical fluid inputs, but it will act almost however you want it. You can enter in different rules and all kinds of things.
So, I want to hear from you? Do you use an app and which is your favorite? Why?