The Right Way to Track Your Fertility

Fertility tracking apps, femme tech, period trackers - the mistakes you might be making

In 2019, we see more fertility tracking apps, femme tech and period tracking apps popping up left and right then we know what to do with. It can often leave people feeling overwhelmed and lost. Although, we are fortunate to see such big strides toward women’s health it can also leave many feeling anxious about where to even begin or trust which is the best choice for them. Choosing the best birth control that fits you is hard enough, now this? In this post, I will cover the right way to track your fertility and the mistakes you might be making. By the end of this blog post you’ll be able to correct any mistakes you were unaware of and what to look out for next time you see the latest fertility or period tracking app.

Some apps you might be familiar with like Clue, Period Tracker, Period Diary, Glow Cycle & Fertility Tracker, Flo promise to tell you when you are ovulating. What many people are unaware of is that these apps are often based on an algorithm that estimates your fertile window or predicts when it thinks you will ovulate. Whether you are trying to avoid pregnancy or trying to conceive this can pose several inaccuracies and undesired results. Why you may ask? Because any app that claims to predict ovulation based on period data alone should not be trusted.

Period tracking apps are the digital rhythm method meaning they cannot predict ovulation.

The rhythm method is the antiquated belief and calculation that all menstrual cycles are 28 days long and ovulation occurs on day 14. Read more here. Unless the fertility or period tracking app or device asks for other fertility signs or biomarkers besides the start date and end date of your period then use with caution.

Here are 3 things to look out for when deciding on what fertility tracking apps to use:

  1. Does it ask you for basal body temperature?

  2. Does it ask for cervical fluid or mucus?

  3. Does it ask for vaginal sensation or cervical position?

These three signs are known as fertility biomarkers and must be observed daily for the most accurate representation of your fertility. Without these daily observations it’s basically a guessing game and that’s not setting you up for success. With these daily observations you can then clearly start to interpret your body’s language and identify when you’re truly fertile or ovulating and when you’re not. A more accurate name for this method is called the fertility awareness method (FAM, for short) and its been proven to be just as effective as hormonal contraceptive with proper instruction. Read more here.

Before you decide to start practicing this method please always seek a FAM instructor to work with you. This will ensure the best education to understand your fertility. Also, be sure to always use a barrier method such as condoms as you start learning the fertility awareness method for extra insurance and peace of mind if you’re trying to avoid pregnancy.

To recap:

  • Don’t rely on period or fertility tracking apps that don’t ask for biomarkers.

  • Find a Fertility Awareness Method instructor for the best education.

  • For more information on how to learn the fertility awareness method and other fertility coaching services from me I invite you to sign up to my email list.