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Perhaps you’ve used a period-tracking app for years and now you’re ready to start trying to conceive. Or maybe you’ve been trying and you’re considering downloading a fertility app. It seems simple and clear, all neatly marked on a calendar grid: fertile, or not.
There are over a thousand of these apps available, from simple period trackers to ones specifically designed to help plan or prevent pregnancy.They fall into two main categories: calendar-based, where users input the start and end of their periods (like Flo, Dot, and Clue, the latter of which can be synced with Apple’s HealthKit) and sympto-thermal, based on physical signs of ovulation such as cervical mucus, levels of luteinizing hormone (measured by home ovulation tests) or, most commonly, basal body temperature (the body’s temperature on waking). Read more…
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