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Numerous apps have been designed to help women track their menstrual cycles and predict ovulation. Accessible by downloading from i-tunes or google play onto smartphones and tablets, these apps can assist women to determine the optimal timing to improve chances for conception. Dozens of fertility apps exist offering various features. The most popular ones are free, although some contain advertisements for in-app enhancements, while several require fees to download.
A 2012 survey indicated that fewer than 50% of women are aware of when they are ovulating. Fertility apps are appealing because they offer busy women a discreet, convenient tool to better understand their cycles and improve their chances of pregnancy by more accurately timing their attempts to conceive with their peak fertility window.
Fertility Friend, available for both iPhone and android platforms, is a menstrual calendar tracker designed to predict peak fertility days. Women can input information including temperature, cervical mucous, symptoms, and medications. If offers data evaluation tools, cycle analysis, and educational resources. The app received a 5-star rating from reviewers. The basic version is free but in-app enhancements are associated with a fee.
Kindara features an interactive calendar and reminder alarm. A custom data section allows users to input information from ovulation kits, cervical mucous changes, spotting as well as daily temperature results. Kindara received a 5-star rating. Also popular, Pink Pad was reviewed by more than 1,200 users and received a 5-star rating as well. The app allows women to input mood, symptoms, spotting and temperature, create self-reminders and connect with other women from various on line communities.
In addition to forecasting ovulation by tracking symptoms, Glow offers premium features without in-app advertising or fees. The app offers a 5-day calendar view predicting chances for conception, a mirror app for partners, daily fertility recommendations and the opportunity to join Glow First, a community offering financial assistance to cover the cost of an initial evaluation with a fertility specialist for couples who lack insurance benefits.
Fertility apps are generally accurate and reliable for women whose menstrual cycles are regular. However for women whose cycles are closer than 24 days apart, further than 35 days apart, have unpredictable cycles as well as women who are under the age of 35 attempting to conceive for more than 12 months or age 35 and above who have not used any form of prevention for more than 6 months and have not become pregnant should be seen by their gynecologist or a fertility specialist. Delaying an evaluation can decrease chances of success since fertility declines with increasing age.
The Reproductive Medicine Group specializes in the evaluation and treatment of ovulation disorders and infertility. They review your history and recommend tests to assess ovulation as well as other health issues that may be decreasing your chances of conception. They offer treatments that vary from simple, minimally invasive interventions or lifestyle changes to the most advanced sophisticated interventions with success rates that are among the highest in the country.
The Reproductive Medicine Group has been serving the Tampa Bay area for more than 30 years. With offices in North and South Tampa, Brandon and Clearwater, they have helped thousands of couples overcome their infertility and achieve their dream of becoming parents. For more information, got to floridafertility.com.