Smart Ways To Track Your Fertility

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Why should you track your fertility? It’s not all about avoiding or achieving pregnancy. Your fertility dictates your menstrual cycle, and that’s important.

Ask any one of your girlfriends about her cycle, and she’ll probably be able to tell you when her period is due. Most girls are happy just knowing that, but your menstrual cycle is more than just PMS and your period. Ovulation and the time between each stage matter too. Basically, your entire menstrual cycle can influence your life in ways you never could have imagined, as this video illustrates:

So yes, knowing your own cycle is important. The American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists recently declared that the menstrual cycle should be treated as a health indicator just like blood pressure, heart rate, and respiratory rate. The menstrual cycle is really that vital to a woman’s health.

Besides that, getting in touch with your body and keeping up with your fertility can be empowering! Knowing what’s happening to your body at any given time can help you feel in control and comfortable.

Thankfully, it’s easier than ever to keep track of your fertility and cycle with the rise of smartphones, apps, and wearable technology. Here are some of your options!

The smart app: Clue (iOS, Android)

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Created by a team of Danish entrepreneurs and scientists, Clue has been called the best menstrual cycle tracking app by the American College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Why? It’s a powerful, simple-to-use period tracking and fertility predicting app that is backed by strong scientific research.

To use Clue, you enter your average period and cycle length into the app. If you’re not sure what they are, don’t worry – the app will start with averages that will get more accurate as you continue to use it. By comparing you to a global data set, Clue will then predict your ovulation, PMS, and period and alert you via notifications on your phone. Of course, Clue’s predictions depend on your data input, so you need to be diligent in logging your symptoms and periods to get the most accurate predictions.

Your cycle in Clue

If you’re a data buff, you’ll love Clue. It lets you choose from a wealth of factors such as mood, digestion, skin condition and more to track throughout your cycle. That means you can track what’s relevant to you and see how it relates to your cycle. You can even choose to share your predicted fertile window, PMS, and periods with your loved ones! Share data with your girlfriends (time to put that synced cycles theory to the test!), or keep your significant other in the know.

You’ll also get an email summary of your last 6 cycles, revealing unique patterns or deviations in your cycle. Another cool thing: if you consent to it, your data will help drive global research to better understand women’s health.

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Clue is free for both iOS and Android.

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