WomanLog Calendar: Tracking Your Ovulation Cycle for Fertility

Other forms of fertility tracking may work better for some women. Image by Alvimann.

Other forms of fertility tracking may work better for some women. Image by Alvimann.

Fertility apps are extremely popular but there are so many of them – which do you pick? Choosing between the different options will depend on the things you need help with the most. Some simply track your monthly calendar to pinpoint the best days for intercourse, while others will help with weight and mood tracking, so you can look back to see your pattern.

WomanLog Calendar is one fertility app available on both the iPhone and Android systems. There are two versions: the paid and free versions. The question that many women have is whether the paid version is worth it. How does the technology work, and what does this fertility app tell you about your monthly cycle?

WomanLog Calendar: What Does It Offer to Women?

The fertility app is simply a calendar with extra functions. You are able to enter your weight, mood changes and track your menstrual cycle day by day. As you track, you will see a forecast to help tell you when you are more likely to conceive. This is something that many women can do on a physical calendar. The benefit of the phone app is that you can take it anywhere and update it more discreetly.

The free app is quite limited in the things that it can do. Those who are willing to pay for the premium app will gain much more functionality, including receiving notifications about more than just about the best time to try for a baby. The app can send reminders to take a contraceptive pill, do a breast exam and even to help remember to take health supplements. It also monitors the cervical mucus based on the information given, which also helps to time intercourse right.

Need help conceiving? There's an app for that!

Need help conceiving? There’s an app for that! Image by Bart Claeys.


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App Technology: How Does it Work?

The technology behind WomanLog Calendar is very similar to other calendar apps and event timers. It is possible to do your own calendar tracking and set up your own notifications to help remember things.

The main benefit of the fertility app is the way that it analyses the data using the algorithms formulated by the app developers. The app uses this data to predict future months, so you can see when you are more likely to get pregnant and when you are likely to have your period.

It is also possible to have the app on multiple devices and link the content. For example, a husband and wife can see the same information, which ensures both partners know the best time for intercourse if they are trying to get pregnant.

On WomanLog Calendar’s website there is a disclaimer stating that it is not 100% accurate and just gives a general idea of the dates.

Limitations of WomanLog Calendar App

The main limitation of this fertility app is that you can start getting hooked on the technology. Peter Bowen-Simpkins, London Women’s Clinic medical director, explained to Stylist Magazine that people start to follow fertility apps to tell them when to have intercourse and it can do more harm than good.

Another limitation is the fact that this app offers just a general idea of your dates. You still need to keep an eye on other signs of fertility to find your ovulation dates. Over time, the app may become more accurate since it will have more data to analyse for predicting the future but there is nothing to currently confirm this.

Unless you buy the paid version, this app is quite basic. The calendar and tracking options are activities you could already do on your phone. You can even set up notifications without the app. The main benefit is the app can share the information between the couple to help time it right. There is no automatic syncing though. The user must share the data manually through the backup/restore system.

Women who buy the app and then get new phones may also find themselves at a disadvantage. Those migrating between iPhone and Android will find that they have to pay for the app again. The good news is that all of the backed up information is available as soon as the app is on the new phone.

Getting Pregnant: Is WomanLog Calendar Worth It?

With the limitations, some people may not find this fertility app worth getting – especially since you can already do a lot of the data inputting through normal calendars. The app does give a general idea of your future dates, however, and you can also share the data with others and on other devices. Fertility app technology is continually advancing to help people conceive.

Resources

WomanLog. WomanLog. Accessed November 17, 2013.

Stylist Magazine. Fertility Apps: Would You Use Them. Accessed November 17, 2013.

iTunes Preview. WomanLog Calendar. Accessed November 17,2013.

Google Play Store. WomanLog Calendar. Accessed November 17, 2013.

WomanLog. Frequently Asked Questions. Accessed November 17, 2013.

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