As I visit different trying to conceive forums online, I am shocked by the number of women that rely on phone apps to track ovulation and their periods. Yes, having an app to remind you that your period was coming or that you were close to ovulation would be neat, if it were accurate. So if you are going to use an app, use Fertility Friend! When trying to conceive we are willing to try almost anything to make sure we cover all of our bases in hopes to get pregnant quickly. Unfortunately, I have seen too many women rely on apps that only make educated guesses as to when they should expect Aunt Flo or the Big O. Relying on certain apps can cause you to miss your fertile time completely. So lets take a look at what Fertility Friend does!
How Fertility Friend Works
Fertility Friend works by allowing you to enter your cycle information into to it to create a chart. This means you will still have to record your basal body temperature and input the data into the app. Remember, charting your basal body temperature (bbt), is the only way to confirm ovulation at home without using an actual fertility monitor. If you aren’t familiar with charting your bbt, you are in luck! Fertility Friend also has tutorials and videos on how to chart your bbt accurately.
The app also asks you to put in the type of cervical mucous you have throughout your cycle, along with the days you have intercourse. All of this will help you to better understand your cycle if you don’t know already. While this information cannot predict ovulation, so to speak, you will have a better understanding as to when you are ovulating based on past symptoms and signs. Then Fertility Friend will analyze and interpret the information for you so you know what is going on throughout your cycle!
When you sign up for Fertility Friend you have access to the sites educational resources, galleries of other members’ charts, online conceiving forums, and games that will help you learn how to chart like a pro. You can do all of this via desktop or download the app on your phone!
How Much Does It Cost?
The app itself is free to use, but you do have the option to upgrade to what they consider VIP for $45 a year. When you sign up, you are given a free 30-day trial as a VIP member. After that, you are given the option to upgrade or stay on as a free customer. If you aren’t ready to upgrade after 30 days, no worries! You are able to upgrade at anytime within your membership.
As a free member, you have access to the charts, tutorials, and games which is pretty much everything you really need to get started. However, the VIP members get technical support as well as charting support should anything go wrong. In addition to the support, you get more information such as: CM analyzer, sex timing analyzer, temperature corrector, ovulation predictor, conception adviser, message boards, and much more!
Fertility Friend Vs. Other Apps
While you do not need an app to chart your bbt, if you are going to use one I recommend Fertiliy Friend. Unlike other apps that are just taking a guess based on your cycle length, Fertility Friend actually uses your data to interpret and pinpoint ovulation. If you are a beginner and not familiar with how everything works just yet, this app does an excellent job of interpreting your data until you feel completely comfortable to do it on your own! I believe it is a great starting point for people beginning their journey and for women who just aren’t quite sure if they are even ovulating. The cost of the VIP membership is less than purchasing a two-month supply of digital OPK’s!