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Mobile Phone Apps to Help with Fertility Planning

If your iPhone has become an essential part of your life, why not use it to assist in Natural Family Planning by charting fertility? Some great fertility chart iPhone apps have been developed to help chart basal body temperature (BBT), predict ovulation, and identify fertile days.Though fertility charts can be helpful resources if you follow the fertility awareness method, please note that these iPhone apps should be used for recreational purposes only. They are intended to gather data and provide approximate fertility predictions, and are not meant to be used exclusively in any natural family planning regimen.

1. Woman Calendar

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Price: $9.99Woman Calendar helps if you’re trying to conceive, or to avoid pregnancy. This iPhone app predicts fertility cycles based on the Fertility Awareness Method (FAM), so you should understand FAM in order to take advantage of all its features. This app allows you to:

    • Keep a log of biological data such as menstrual periods, basal body temperature, ovulation, weight and sexual activities. You can design and track your very own data according to your cycle lengths
    • Plot your daily BBT over a menstrual cycle or over a month. BBT chart view shows your BBT chart with cervical fluid and ovulation day over a menstrual cycle
    • Export data via email or print a hard copy for your next doctor’s appointment

Calendar shows which day you are in your cycle

2. iChartMe

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Price: $2.99The iChartMe iPhone app is quicker than BBT paper charts, allowing you to quickly track and predict fertility and periods. Features include:

  • It stores your daily basal body temperature, cervical fluid information, and personal notes
  • App opens directly to the present day’s chart
  • Graphs BBTs over each cycle (for more accurate ovulation detection)
  • Predicts likely fertile days and when your next menstrual cycle should start
  • Customizable cycle length (set this app to your own individual cycle length)
  • Can email printable versions of your charts to yourself or your doctor

3. MeFertil

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Price: $4.99This iPhone app is for women who use natural family planning as their contraceptive method, and for those trying to get pregnant. MeFertil provides easy fertility monitoring. This app features:

  • No more paper charting: keep track of your medications, cervical mucus, BBT and timing of intercourse in one place (and have it handy during doctors’ visits)
  • Analyzes all data and displays an easy to read color-coded BBT chart showing your fertile period
  • Red line marks your period days; yellow line indicates days when you’re unlikely to be fertile, and pink line shows your fertile time with peak day emphasized in bright pink
  • A cover line appears after ovulation. If BBT remains higher than this line, it may be time to buy a home pregnancy test

4. NFP Manager – sympto

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Price: FreeThis unlimited version iPhone app is designed for women who understand Natural Family Planning and don’t need any help. This app claims to be the “only fertility indicator on internet capable to determine your fertile days precisely; sympto guarantees a perfectly efficient sympothermal contraception for competent users.” Features:

  • Tracks all pertinent fertility signs and notes
  • Error and help messages
  • Special program for breastfeeding and premenopause
  • Charts can be posted on forums or sent to your doctor

This app relies on the Symptothermal Method of NFP, which includes observing all fertility indicators: cervical mucus, BBT, cervix’s position/feel, calendar methods and noting ovulatory pain (mittelschmerz) and/or breast tenderness.

5. FemiCycle

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Price: $2.99FemiCycle is an iPhone app for women who either want to conceive or naturally prevent pregnancy. This app has been recommended by health professionals around the world and has received positive reviews. Features include:

  • Calculation of the time of ovulation
  • Produces a personal fertility calendar simply by entering the date of last period, menstrual cycle length and luteal phase (the time from ovulation to the start of your next period)
  • Data is presented in a color-coded calendar that indicates both fertile and non-fertile days

The FemiCycle app allows for natural contraception as it assists in avoiding pregnancy by abstaining from unprotected sex during your fertile days. A simple tab indicates the icons accordingly.

6. iOvulation

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Price: $.99iOvulation calculates ovulation date and generates a personal fertility calendar. Knowing when you ovulate can help you pick the best days to naturally avoid pregnancy (since you’re most fertile the day of ovulation and the day before). This app lets you:

  • Enter the length of your menstrual cycle and date of your last period
  • Calculate your fertile days and display them on a calendar, indicating fertile and non-fertile periods in different colors

iOvulation calculates your fertile days, taking into account possible variations in your menstrual cycle, to help assist you in natural contraception.Please Note: the app calculates ovulation based on a regular menstrual cycle, so it’s not recommended for women who have irregular periods.

7. Nurtur

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Price: $9.99Nurtur is an easy-to-use iPhone app for fertility charting, a central part of the Fertility Awareness Method. To use this app, just log your period cycles and basal body temperature, and Nurtur will graph your data. This app:

  • Will identify temperature variables and attempt to predict your next ovulation date after two cycles worth of data has been entered
  • Allows one touch access to data entry/records
  • Provides a monthly calendar overview of menstruation dates and potential optimal fertility dates
  • Offers a Basal Chart that visualizes your record of daily temperatures, period cycles and potential ovulation times (based on your temperature entries)
  • Has a comments section to document other fertility signals or make notes

8. FemCal: Period and Ovulation Calendar

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Price: $6.99

The FemCal app is a portable way to track your cycles. Never be surprised by your period again as this app will:

  • Estimate when your period will start and alert you with an icon
  • Adapt to your cycle length
  • Generate and email downloadable reports

FemCal suggests using the book Taking Charge of Your Fertility as this app allows you to input fertility indicators associated with FAM. Enter daily info on:

  • Menses flow
  • Symptoms and medications
  • Comments or reminders
  • Waking BBT
  • Cervical fluid
  • Cervix firmness
  • Intercourse dates
  • Ovulation and Pregnancy tests (name and result)

FemCal generates a calendar to display fertile days and lower fertility days. This app can estimate peak day and plot coverline temperature helping you better understand your cycle.

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