5 Ways to Use Apps to Avoid Pregnancy (or Make It Happen)

Thanks to advances in technology, there’s an app to track just about anything—including your fertility. Thinking about getting pregnant or still wanting to avoid it? We’ve got you covered. With so many options out there we’ve listed some of the best apps that will help you monitor everything from your period and ovulation cycle to your cervical fluid and basal body temperature. Managing your fertility has never been such a breeze.

Kindara

Whether you’re a beginner or an expert at managing your fertility, Kindara has you covered. The app keeps track of the basics: basal body temperature (BBT), cervical fluid, menstruation, and sex. But it also features custom data and a journal to keep track of everything else in between, like ovulation pain, sore breasts, acne breakouts, and test results. The app also sets you up with an online community where you can connect with other women and experts for support.

What Makes It Different: Based on the information you input you receive custom data about your fertility that helps you make sense of your cycle.

Kindara (free)  for iOS and Android

Glow

Learn more about your fertility, whether you’re trying to get pregnant or not, with Glow’s menstrual and ovulation calculator. You get personalized reproductive health and fertility insights based on your ovulation, period timing, and menstrual cycle data you entered in the app. It even provides fertility treatment support for IVF or IUI patients. Keep track of overall health data at ease with email and sync to cloud capabilities. Plus, not only do you get community with the app, but partner support as well—a feature not found in other ovulation calculators.

What Makes It Different: Users can link their partner’s data to the app to get a full view of their fertility as a couple.

Glow (free; offers in-app purchases) for iOS and Android

Natural Cycles

Natural Cycles gives you the power to get to know your body and truly understand how your cycle works. Even though every cycle is different, you can only get pregnant up to six days in one cycle. This app figures out those days for you. By taking your temperature every morning and entering it into the app,  you will receive a red (not fertile) or green (fertile) day determining whether or not you would need to use protection. Essentially “it’s protection with more sexual freedom—minus the side effects.” (But keep in mind the app doesn’t protect against STD’s.)

What Makes It Different: The company states that this is the world’s only fertility app that uses analytics, not chemicals to plan or prevent pregnancies.

Natural Cycles (free; offers in-app purchases) for iOS and Android

Clue

Tracking your fertility quickly and accurately gets easier with Clue. The app allows you to keep track of your monthly cycle by entering data about your period, pain, mood, fluid, sexual activity, and personal notes. The more you use the app, the smarter it gets—allowing you to have more in-depth information about your menstrual cycle, complete with medical and scientific references. The beautifully designed app also guarantees no use of flowers, butterflies, euphemisms, or pink ever. Say bye to sugarcoating your period, it’s time to get serious about your fertility.

What Makes It Different: You get a more tailored approach to conception the more you use it by not only keeping of fertility signs, but the changes in your mood as well.

Clue (free) for iOS and Android

Conceivable

Find out which underlying health factors may be affecting your fertility with Conceivable—the first modern fertility program that improves a woman’s natural ability to get and stay pregnant. Using three key areas—your cycle, lifestyle and mindfulness—the app gives you a complete, customizable fertility wellness program based on the data you provide. Your wellness program includes meal plans, shopping lists, recipes, stress programs, exercises, and more to improve your fertile potential.

What Makes It Different: Subscribers receive 3 herbal formulas each month that "focused on removing specific obstacles to your natural fertility," such as irregular ovulation, painful periods, and weak menstrual cycles.

Conceivable (free with the Conceivable’s Fertility360 Program) for iOS