For some women, getting pregnant can at times be difficult.
You may, for example, fall into that category of women, who have had successful careers before deciding in their late 30s/early 40s to have a baby, but are now finding that nothing is happening.
Alternatively, you may be a woman, who has already had one baby but can’t seem to get pregnant with another one.
If you are trying to get pregnant, you’ll know that very often you can increase your chances by determining your fertile ‘window’ each month. Until recently, you would have done this by tracking the changes in your body around ovulation, a slight spike in body temperature, for example, or an increase in vaginal discharge as the cervix releases thin, clear mucus.
But now technology has stepped in and there’s now a growing selection of fertility apps that you can download onto your phone and which will help you work out when you’re most likely to get pregnant.
Here’s just a selection of the best ones – and the most popular – on the market!
Easy to use, this colour-coded app helps you to predict and record the best days for baby making! Free for iPhone.
This free app helps to pinpoint your fertility cycle using personalised data. Has an additional feature that links your partner’s data to yours, producing a full picture of your joint fertility.
The Clue app plugs your data into an algorithm that calculates and predicts your own unique cycle. The free app promises a more tailored approach to conception, boasting that ‘The more you use it, the smarter it gets’.
At a cost of just £1.28 for Android and also available on iPhone, this clear and easy-to-use app takes the guesswork out of when to expect your period and makes it easier to work out when you’re at your most fertile.
Another free app, Ovia incorporates multiple fertility and key health indicators, such as eating and sleeping habits, to predict ovulation.
Free on Android, this app not only does the usual, but tracks your weight, mood, appetite and symptoms. It also comes with a great range of info and fertility signs.
Free for both Android and iPhone, this is one of the most popular fertility apps.
Rated as the ‘top iPhone app for busy women’ by Forbes and a ‘simple yet ingenious application’ by Popular Science, this app’s credentials speak for themselves. £1.99 to download.
A word of caution
While the number or apps continues to grow, a word of warning was sounded last year by researchers from the Weill Cornell Medicine and New York Presbyterian Hospital in New York, who said that women using fertility apps could be getting bad advice.
The researchers’ study assessed which of 33 apps correctly predicted a woman’s fertility ‘window’. Normally, a woman who has a regular, standard 28-day menstrual cycle will ovulate around day fifteen – the last day of a six-day fertile window.
While most of the apps, which were tested on a woman meeting the above criteria, reliably predicted the day of ovulation, only three – iPeriod, My Days and Clue – managed to provide the correct fertile window.
That, according to researcher Dr Robert Setton, suggests that thousands of women are being wrongly informed about when they are most likely to conceive.
‘Before using any website or app,’ Dr Setton said at the time, ‘women need to understand that the actual fertile window consists of the day of ovulation plus the preceding five cycle days. They can use the app to help them predict their ovulation date and then use that as a guide for the rest of the fertile window.’