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The Ovulation Calendar App

If you’re trying to track your ovulation, whether it’s to find out the best time for you try and get pregnant, to look for symptoms of health problems or simply to understand your body and how it behaves a little better, one possible answer is the Ovulation Calendar App. There are plenty of these available, for Apple, Android and Windows devices, and they promise an easy solution to the problem, but are they effective? OvuSense is here to answer your questions with an insight into these technological answers to an age-old question.

What Do These Apps Do?

The promise of ovulation calendar apps is that in return for you entering information about your menstrual cycle, they will plot it, remember it, and predict it. The value here is mostly in knowing when you’re likely to ovulate, so you can focus your attempts to conceive on the time when you’re most likely to succeed, but that’s not all. Knowing where you are in your menstrual cycle can help you make plans and ensure you have everything you need well in advance of your period. It could also help you identify other fertility problems you may be having: ovulation gets a lot of attention, but a short luteal phase (when your uterus builds up a thick endometrial lining for a fertilised egg to lodge in) could cause as many fertility issues.

How Do They Work?

Ovulation Calendar Apps use different methods to produce their calendars and predictions but the one they tend to share in common is the simple logging of days. You note the first day of your period – which is also the first day of your menstrual cycle – and over a number of months, that accumulation of data lets the app, and you, see how regular your cycle is.

If you’re one of the people who has a very regular menstrual cycle (whatever its length), then simply knowing how long it is could be enough to give you all the information you need. If your cycle is more irregular, or you have PCOS, or any of the other health issues that can affect menstruation you might need more information.

Additional Observations

More sophisticated calendar apps allow you to add observations from other ovulation indicators that it can use to build a more robust picture of when you’re ovulating. You might be asked to assess the sight and texture of your cervical mucus, to examine your saliva, looking for fern patterns (caused by an increase in oestrogen, which signals ovulation), and to track your temperature, taken at the moment you wake up in the morning.

Each of these extra indicators adds accuracy to the chart, but they also pile on the work you have to do.

OvuSense’s Solution

OvuSense strikes a balance, using better data to chart your ovulation than simply logging the days since your period, but taking away the burden of measuring and calculating that data. Our thermometer measures your core temperature right through the night to ensure you’re getting accurate readings, and then turns that into firstly a simple yes/no answer to the question ‘am I ovulating now?’, and longer-term predictions of when you can next expect to experience ovulation.

Find out more about core temperature technology and fertility here