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The Best Period and Ovulation Tracker App

Tracking your period and the dates you ovulate is a helpful way to get some insight into your health. It’s well known that this is important when you’re trying to conceive, but it’s also useful to simply understand how your body is behaving. Changes to your menstrual cycle could be an early indicator of a systemic problem, so it’s well worth tracking them.

Previously, this required a lot of record keeping – marking the dates of key events like the days of your period on a paper calendar. If you didn’t want your intimate biological information hanging up in the kitchen next to the dates of parties you’re going to, and when bills are due, then you’d need a separate calendar or diary, and remember to keep it up to date. Fortunately, since the advent of smart phones, you have plenty of options for tracking that make it convenient and private. Choosing the right app can be difficult – there’s a large range available, all offering subtly different features. Today OvuSense is here to help by explaining some of the functions you need to look for if you’re going to choose the best period and ovulation tracker app for you.

Date Tracking

The most basic thing you need is the ability to track the time between the key dates like the first day of your period. This is an important date for the understanding of your fertility: the first day of your period is the first day of your menstrual cycle. It tells you your body has also begun gearing up for ovulation, maturing eggs in small sacs called follicles, of which the most healthy will be ejected in roughly two weeks.

The data you need easy access to is not the date your period begins, but the time since your last one. The number of days from period to period is the duration of your cycle, and it’s this information that’s important.

Predictive Abilities

An even better tracking app will use the data you put in to predict when your next period will be, and when you can expect to ovulate next. This helps you to conceive – if that’s what you’re trying to do – by helping you target your ‘fertile window’, the days around when you ovulate where your fertility is at its peak.

Relying only on data from your period means an app’s predictive abilities are limited. To get better output, you need more input.

More Data Sources

The best ovulation and period tracking apps take in more data – from the results of ovulation predictor kits, showing your hormone levels, to the changes your Basal Body Temperature goes through over the course of your cycle.

The most accurate date comes from an app that’s linked to OPK or even better, a BBT thermometer, like OvuSense – this gets you predictions you can rely on, and notifications if your cycle begins to drift away from what’s normal for your body.

Find out more about core temperature technology and fertility here