Maybe you’ve been tracking your own BBT on your trusty notepad for a few months. Maybe your periods are all over the place and you are just one unexpected bleed away from losing your sh*t. Or maybe you’re actually trying not to get pregnant and want to be extra careful that you don’t get it on during your most fertile. If one of these sounds like you, it’s probably time to download a fertility app.
Downloading a fertility app can save you time and keep you way more organized. Over time, they can also help you understand trends and data on your menstrual cycle that you might not otherwise see.
But what’s the best app for tracking periods and fertility? We’re so glad you asked. There are so many out there, but here’s a roundup of a few tried-and-true fertility apps that we recommend checking out.
|Cost||BBT Chart||Custom Logs||Community|
|Kindara||Basic: Free; Premium: $4.99/month, $49.99/year||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Glow||Basic: Free; Premium: $7.99/month, $47.99/year, $59.99/lifetime||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|MyFLO||$1.99 one-time fee||No||Yes||No|
|Clue||Basic: Free; Clue Plus: $0.99/month, $9.99/year||Yes||Yes||Yes|
At its most basic—based on self-reported fertility data—Kindara provides ovulation monitoring, BBT charting, and period tracking. Users can monitor their own fertility based on a variety of factors, including cervical fluid, sex and period dates, and pregnancy test results.
Kindara also allows users to create custom data logs, like acne breakouts, emotions, sore breasts, or anything else that may indicate patterns in their cycles. In addition, users can keep a journal of any other relevant information, like test results or travel dates that may impact precious babymaking time. The more data you enter, the smarter and more predictive the app becomes for ovulation and period dates.
The app offers a Premium version that allows unlimited custom data logs as well as some additional data fields and the ability to create, join, and share your chart in private groups.
The Basic version is free, while the Premium version costs $4.99/month or $49.99/year.
What makes it unique
After plugging in your data, Kindara’s chart and all of its data points may appear a bit overwhelming. But we promise, once you get used to reading it, it’ll start look less like hieroglyphics and can can give you some pretty valuable insights about your cycle. In fact, 96% of women surveyed by Kindara said that the app helped them better understand their body. We’ll take it.
As one of the most established fertility apps out there, Ovia has over 10 million users. Yeah, that’s a lot. Used by our #ttcsisters as well as those actively trying not to get pregnant, Ovia provides comprehensive cycle tracking with a myriad of self-reported factors, including:
- Period and cycle
- Moods and physical symptoms
- Nutrition and weight
- Activity and exercise
- Ovulation and pregnancy test results
- Cervical fluid
- Blood pressure
You can also export data as an Excel spreadsheet and share it with your partner or doctor.
Free! Which is actually pretty awesome, considering how robust the app is.
What makes it unique
Ovia touts that it helps users get pregnant up to 3x faster than the national average. TBH, that’s a pretty aggressive statement, but Ovia’s algorithm backs it up—it incorporates billions of data points from what Ovia claims is “the largest data set that’s ever been collected on this population.”
Users can also share their tracked cycle data from Ovia to the Apple Health app, and sync their Fitbits to share steps, sleep, and weight with Ovia.
Glow claims to improve users’ fertility in 3 main ways:
- The ability to track 40 different health signals, ranging from BBT to intercourse and more
- Access to personalized data with its cycle charts, ovulation test analyzers, and pattern detection features
- A library of “Glow Scoops,” featuring articles on all things fertility—almost as comprehensive as our content 😉
Upgrading to Glow Premium gets you access to comparative insights (ability to ask millions of women, “is this normal?”), premium articles, private messaging among the Glow community, a custom profile, and Premium customer support.
The Basic version is free, with the Premium version costing $7.99/month, $47.99/year, or $59.99 for lifetime access.
What makes it unique
Glow is one of the only fertility apps out there that provides support for men—who, as we know, are equally affected by infertility and need to monitor their health just as much as the ladies. Men can use Glow to log data about their health, which is meant to reveal factors that may impact their fertility. A man’s data can also be synced to his female partner’s, to provide a more complete picture of your overall fertility sitch.
Glow also offers several guided meditations specifically geared towards fertility, which is awesome on its own, but also allows users to avoid the cost of using a separate meditation app during their fertility journey.
One other feature about Glow that we love is its in-app ovulation test Strip Analyzer. Simply take a photo of your OPK strip, select the brand, and Glow will auto-analyze it to tell you what the ovulation test means.
MyFLO is actually more of a period tracking app than one that’s focused on TTC, but your period and menstrual symptoms can say a lot about what’s going on hormonally.
MyFLO goes one step beyond predicting periods and ovulation to actually make lifestyle recommendations based on cycle data. It’ll tell you when you should:
- Go out vs. stay in
- Eat raw food vs. cooked food
- Do bootcamp vs. yoga
- Give a presentation vs. brainstorm and research
- Take mommy time (if applicable) vs. play with the kids
- Make out vs. get a quickie in
- Socialize with friends vs. go on a date night
The app claims its recommendations will help users manage and alleviate homone-related symptoms of PCOS, Endometriosis, PMS, fibroids, acne, bloating, fatigue, low sex drive, and otherwise out-of-whack cycles.
One-time fee of $1.99.
What makes it unique
MyFLO’s proprietary “Cycle Syncing” allows users to automatically add the app’s diet, exercise, sex and lifestyle recommendations into their regular calendar system. We love that this app goes beyond the standard TTC data to look at its users as whole people, with lives, jobs, places to go, and people to see. MyFLO claims to help you be your best self with your cycle in mind.
Clue allows users to track over 30 health categories and analyze algorithmic patterns in their hormones and menstrual cycle. Similar to other fertility apps, the more you use it, the smarter it gets.
Clue allows users to:
- Track periods, flow heaviness and menstrual products needed (because we all know a “super tampon day” is quite different than a “liner only day”)
- Receive predictions and calendar reminders before periods, PMS and ovulation
- Monitor and track mood, sex, energy levels, cervical fluid and more
- Log your BBT and know your ovulation and fertile days
- Log birth control and set pill reminders
The basic version is free. Clue also offers a paid version, Clue Plus, which grants access to:
- A Forecast feature that predicts your period, ovulation, PMS, as well as other symptoms like cravings, cramps, energy levels, and more.
- An enhanced Analysis tab that gives you a detailed look at your period length, menstrual cycle length and cycle variation, and alerts you when anything is outside of normal range for your age and birth control type.
What makes it unique
Clue uses gender-neutral language in order to make the app more accessible for anyone with a cycle. Their goal is to advance menstrual health for everyone. Right on. Clue is also optimized to sync with a user’s Apple Watch to provide certain cycle notifications on-the-go.
What’s more, Clue been labeled “the top free period tracker app” by Obstetrics and Gynecology, a publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG). So, um, yeah…that’s pretty legit.
Let’s get tracking!
So there you have it. What are you waiting for? Time to track she sh*t out of that cycle of yours. Good luck!