All About Fertility: 24 Online Resources Reviewed

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Before all of the joys that come with new motherhood, even before the excitement that comes with pregnancy, the first topic to address when planning for a child is of course fertility! For some mothers, this is barely a second thought, but for many, many others who are carefully planning their pregnancies or struggling to become pregnant, being able to track and predict periods of maximum fertility is extremely important.

With that in mind, there’s no shortage of tools and resources to help women of all backgrounds increase their chances of becoming pregnant through education, planning, and even technology! Here’s a rundown of 24 fertility resources to choose from:

5 Tools to Check Fertility

1. The Bump – Fertility Chart

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This free and easy-to-use resource from The Bump (brought to you by wedding website The Knot) helps you track the details of your cycle, from ovulation to basal body temperature, cervical fluid descriptions to your shortest and longest cycles throughout the year. This detailed chart is available here as a free PDF, with an example chart filled out for quick reference. Once you’ve been charting for a few months, you’ll have valuable information that shows you the natural patterns of your cycle, and helps you predict times of peak fertility!

2. First Response Ovulation

Calculator

This ovulation calculator from First Response, a trusted name in over the counter pregnancy tests and prenatal vitamins, is a quick, no-frills tool for estimating your best days to conceive in a given month. You simply visit the ovulation calculator website, enter the date your last period began, and select the average number of days in your usual cycle – it’s that easy! The calculator provides the nearest days you’re most likely to be ovulating, as well as a few other projected times of fertility in the months to come. It’s a great resource for a quick check-in, even if you aren’t diligently tracking your ovulation month after month, and it only takes a moment to punch in the numbers and get your results.

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3. Mother’s Space Conception Planner

This conception planner comes from Mother’s Space, a site dedicated to all things pregnancy, parenting, and motherhood. This planner is similar to a basic ovulation calculator – but with some more detailed results.

After entering the day your last period began, as well as the average length of your cycle, you’re presented with a calendar view that predicts your most fertile days (ranked low, medium, and high), as well as your menstrual flow (also ranked light, medium, and heavy). This tool provides a more in depth look at the best days of conception in an easily understood calendar view, with basic color coding for information at a glance. You can use the Conception Planner for free online here.

4. Gynecological Symptoms CheckerHappy couple checking on line in a tablet sitting on a couch in the living room at home

If you’re having trouble getting pregnant, it could be the because of a variety of gynecological conditions. This fantastic tool from Queensland Fertility Group, part of Australia’s leading group of fertility specialists, provides a fairly straightforward questionnaire to help you determine if you’re at risk (or showing symptoms) for a range of gynecological conditions such as endometriosis, PCOS, an ovulation disorder, and others. You simply enter your height and weight, answer a few questions about your medical history and menstruation cycle, and the Symptoms Checker lets you know if your results coincide with symptoms commonly associated with pregnancy-complicating conditions. Of course, this is not the same as a diagnosis from your gynecologist or any other medical professional, but it may provide some early answers, prompting to seek further information from your healthcare provider. The Gynecological Symptoms Checker is free to use on the QFG website here.

5. The Bump – TTC Ticker

Another resource from the people at The Bump, the TTC (Trying to Conceive) Ticker is a fun – and adorable – way to track your best days for conception, as well as the best days for pregnancy testing.

With a variety of options for your ticker’s background and marker (everything from a little peanut to a swaddled baby, images of hand-holding couples to a variety of cute animals), you can customize your ticker in a countless number of ways!

After selecting your background and marker, you simply enter the start of your last period, average cycle length, and luteal phase length (don’t worry if you don’t have that bit of information handy), then you’re provided with a preview of your TTC Ticker and a snippet of HTML for easy sharing via email, around the web, or in forums that allow for that type of code. You’re also provided a snippet of “pseudo HTML,” also referred to as UBBCode or BBCode to use on forums that do not support HTML posts.

When creating your ticker, you can set the counter to measure days to ovulation and days to testing, or just count down the best days for pregnancy testing. Create your own free TTC Ticker here.

5 Kindle Books for Fertility

Book of Taking Charge of Your Fertility
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1. Taking Charge of Your Fertility

This national bestseller by Toni Weschler, MPH was first published in 1995 and is now available in its fully revised and updated 20th anniversary edition. The book’s subtitle, The Definitive Guide to Natural Birth Control, Pregnancy Achievement, and Reproductive Health, is an excellent indicator of the material covered, and its history as a go-to source for reproductive information over the last twenty years is a testament to its value! Packed with wisdom and humor alike, this book is over 500 pages of expert knowledge from a nationally recognized women’s health educator, public speaker, and Master’s Degree holding public health professional. The 20th anniversary edition includes an intuitive charting system for birth control, pregnancy achievement, breastfeeding, and menopause, as well as new chapters, a full-color insert highlighting the book’s most important concepts, and much, much more. Taking Charge of Your Fertility is available in Kindle format on Amazon.

2. How to Improve Egg Quality: the Smart Way to Get Pregnant

How to Improve Egg Quality: The Smart Way to Get Pregnant
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This short book from Darja Wagner, Ph.D. focuses on recent research for improving egg quality and fertility, particularly for women over thirty-five. Combining a research-based, scientific approach with personal stories and real-life examples, this book provides you with tools to improve your own egg quality laid out in a simple, step-by-step process.

Written by a cellular biologist with a background in vitamin and hormone study, this book can provide welcome to relief to women who are starting to feel the pressures of their “biological clock” and worrying about their chances to get pregnant. You can learn valuable information about the way your body operates, as well as surprising facts about pregnancy and fertility you may have never considered otherwise. The bestselling How to Improve Egg Quality is available for Kindle on Amazon.

3. It Starts With the Egg

A comprehensive look at the available research on egg quality and fertility, It Starts With The Egg: How The Science of Egg Quality Can Help You Get Pregnant Naturally, Prevent Miscarriage, and Improve Your Odds in IVF is a research-driven look at egg quality and the small steps you can take to improve fertility.

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Author Rebecca Fett holds degrees in molecular biotechnology and biochemistry, and provides direct strategies for improving fertility (as well as boosting IVF success rates) through nutritional advice, vitamin recommendations, and information for reducing exposure to potentially harmful substances.

Available for Kindle download, It Starts With The Egg is full of simple ways to boost health and fertility. A quick read of easy-to-remember, easy-to-implement tips for both men and women.

The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant
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4. The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant

A look at the emotional side of preparing for pregnancy, psychologist and widely published author Jeane M. Twenge’s “guide” reads like the advice of a comforting friend. Addressing the pressures of family and in-laws, social dynamics, even the way biological changes make you feel, she combines humor and wisdom into a pregnancy book that is as fun to read as it is informative.

As the title suggests, this is aimed directly at the impatient mother-to-be, and covers a wide array of topics – all with a compassionate voice that reminds you: there’s not so much to worry about after all.

The Impatient Woman’s Guide to Getting Pregnant is available for Kindle on Amazon here.

5. Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Baby’s First Foods

In Beautiful Babies, nutrition educator Kristen Michaelis lays out a detailed explanation of how nutrition affects pregnancy, your health, and the health of your children in their developmental years.

By examining the effects of many of today’s processed foods, essential nutrients for nourishing your baby in the womb, and even nutritional preparation before pregnancy, Michaelis covers the often ignored importance of the food we eat in every stage of new parenthood, from fertility to breastfeeding and beyond.

Stocked with health tips, recipes, and the author’s deep understanding of traditional and natural diets, Beautiful Babies: Nutrition for Fertility, Pregnancy, Breastfeeding, and Baby’s First Foods is a complete guide to pregnancy nutrition – available for Kindle here.

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IOS Apps for Fertility Tracking

1. Woman Calendar

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An app that has been around in various versions since 2009, the Woman Calendar is exactly what you would expect – a calendar built around all things womanhood. You can track menstrual cycles, ovulation, times of peak fertility, avoiding pregnancy, and beyond. This useful tool helps you log biological information about cycle lengths, body temperature, and weight, as well as experiential data about cramps, PMS, sexual activity, etc. All built into an easy-to-navigate calendar, Woman Calendar can help you organize, predict, and even schedule the best times for fertility and conception. The app is available for $9.99 in the iTunes store.

2. Glow

This fertility tracking app does far more than offer ideal dates for conception. As with many other applications of this kind, you can track average period length, cycle length, and ovulation – but it also helps you collect data on so much more! You can input your diet and weight, count your steps each day, keep track of sex and attempts to get pregnant, even monitor sleep and exercise habits. All of this data is presented in calendars for your convenience, as well as a variety of graphs and charts so you can easily compare month-to-month, look at specific metrics, and see how you’re doing with your health and pregnancy goals. Glow also helps women connect to one another to share stories and concerns, provide one another with tips and support, and join a community of fertility and health-conscious people around the world! Glow is available in the iTunes store for free, and there’s also a Premium version with more features, Glow Nurture for tracking your pregnancy, and Glow Baby for your baby’s first year. Glow is available for Android users too!

3. Fertility Friend

Some of the most in-depth fertility charting available, Fertility Friend is a science-driven, analytical approach to predicting ovulation and the best times to conceive. It only takes a few minutes each day to input essential information about your body, and this app provides an accurate interpretation of your fertility signs! Fertility Friend helps you track your basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical fluid to create a hormonal profile – which can, in turn, predict your most fertile times of the month with precision and consistency. The app provides you with fully annotated fertility chart and calendar, as well as access to a range of supplemental information. Available for both iOS and Android, this accurate and straightforward tool provides truly valuable insights. Find Fertility Friend in the iTunes store here.

4. Clue

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A beautifully designed and easy to use app, Clue tracks periods, ovulation, and fertility like many of the other tracking applications we’ve covered here but with a bit of a twist. Clue is programmed with a unique algorithm that picks up on the subtle variations unique to you and your cycle. The longer you use it, the more accurate it becomes!

More than just a tracker, Clue also includes a variety of educational material about PMS, mood swings, menstrual pain, and more. This elegant app can be used to make informed decisions about pregnancy and fertility, as well as track and predict periods, understand hormonal changes, and see how other areas of your life are affecting your body. Clue is available for both Android and iOS. Find it in the iTunes store here.

5. Dot

A simple app from Cycle Technologies, Dot is a straightforward way to gain information about planning or preventing pregnancy. Choose your goals and enter your information, and Dot gives you daily updates on period prediction, fertility, and likely days for conception. It even provides your conception chances as a percentage for quick, easy-to-understand reference.

Users can add notes, track dates in the included calendar, or simply check for your daily prediction and recommendation. While this app might not have some of the frills and features of the others, it’s very easy to use and provides information quickly and accurately. Dot is currently only available for Apple devices. Find it in the iTunes store here.

Android Apps for Fertility

1. WomanLog Calendar

WomanLog Calendar
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Perfect for women who love cutesy design and simple functionality, WomanLog Calendar is a menstrual and fertility tracking app that allows you to track not only the days of your period and length of your cycle but also the symptoms you experience. An easy checklist for inflammation, acne, increased appetite, bloating, cravings, headaches, cramps, and so on allows you to track the specifics of your period then look back with comparative analysis to find trends. WomanLog Calendar includes a fertility calendar, of course, and also provides charts, graphs, a 3-month overview, weight tracking, and a variety of other features. The Pro version of the app allows for even more detailed tracking and reporting. Currently available for Android devices only, WomanLog Calendar can be customized with different “skins” and is available in a wide range of languages. Find the app in the Google Play store here.

2. Kindara

While this app certainly has the functionality of a fertility tracking app, there’s so much more going on! Kindara is designed to help you better understand your body, whether you’re trying to get pregnant, avoid pregnancy, predict periods, or just gain increased awareness of your body’s complex systems.

By tracking period start dates, cervical fluid, and basal body temperature, Kindara provides an easy to follow fertility chart that you can keep updated with just a minute or two a day. The major difference with this app, however, is the connection to the Kindara community. Users can post questions and join in discussions with other women to learn from their experiences, share their own stories, and create a network of support for women looking to build a deeper understanding of how their bodies operate. Kindara is available for both Android and iOS devices. You can find the app in the Google Play store here.

The company is also in the process of developing the Wink Thermometer, a handheld oral thermometer that works in sync with the app to measure and track your BBT. The device has a digital readout for reference and automatically incorporates the body temp data into your app, making it even easier to stay on top of this critical part of pregnancy planning.

3. Conceivable

Conceivable APP on iPhone
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More than just an app, Conceivable is a full program designed to help women improve their menstrual cycles, boost fertility, and greatly increase your chances for getting pregnant. After years of collecting data from a wide range of women, CEO Kirsten Karchmer has developed the Conceivable Cycle to help women understand the optimal conditions for getting pregnant – as well as techniques for “overhauling” reproductive health to get closer to these peak conditions for pregnancy.

Through clinical expertise, Conceivable offers a subscription based program to help you not only understand the best chances for conception, but a tremendous amount of support and direct care as well. The Conceivable Program includes a personal consultation, a 12-week nutrition plan, unlimited support from Conceivable experts, and a custom tailored supply of all-natural supplements. This falls into our “Apps” category because the most recent development at Conceivable is a fully functional smartphone app for accessing all of your information, Fertile Life Plan, community support, and so much more. The incorporation of this app makes the Conceivable Program fully interactive at the touch of a button! The app is available for Android and iOS devices, and in conjunction with the Conceivable Program, it practically puts an entire team of fertility experts in your back pocket! Using the app will require a Conceivable subscription plan. Learn more about their program here.

4. Ovia Fertility

A different approach to the standard fertility app, this fairly simple app from Ovuline presents results in the form of a “fertility score” to help users understand their best days for conception – or, if you’re trying to prevent pregnancy, the days when you’re least fertile. With standard features like an ovulation calculator and a fertility calendar, Ovia Fertility is simple to use and easy to keep up with.

The app allows you to see an overview at a glance, with a dashboard that shows your daily fertility score, cycle day, days until pregnancy testing, and even daily tips – all right in front of you when you open the app. Ovia Fertility, as well as its sister app, Ovia Pregnancy, are available for both Android and iOS devices. Find Ovia Fertility in the Google Play store here.

5. Natural Cycles

Natural Cycles APP on iPhone with purple pregnancy test
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This clinically tested app analyzes the data you input to provide a clear picture of your unique, natural cycles. By tracking the dates you provide about your menstrual cycle, Natural Cycles can pinpoint the days you’re fertile, predict periods, even help identify if you’re pregnant!

Natural Cycles regularly conducts ongoing research in reproductive health to make sure your results are as accurate as possible. In order to provide you with immediate daily results, you simply take your temperature each morning and enter the results into the app. Combined with the cycle data you’ve provided, the application will instantly will return a “red day” or “green day” – indicating whether or not you’re currently fertile! This means you can use Natural Cycles to both plan and prevent pregnancies. Natural cycles offers a free one-month trial, then moves a monthly subscription model. Special offers often include discounted monthly pricing and a free thermometer! Find Natural Cycles in the Google Play store here.

5 Blogs about Fertility

1. Stirrup Queens

Stirrup Queens Blog
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Written by a long-time author of several hugely successful blogs, Stirrup Queens is a multifaceted look at women’s health, parenting, pregnancy, and family life (among many other topics). Melissa is the mother of twins conceived via fertility treatments, has written novels and a book on infertility and pregnancy loss, and has a huge backlog of posts to explore. With an informative and often funny tone, this blog tackles diagnosis of infertility causing conditions, fertility treatments, dealing with loss, medications, recipes, adoption, and so much more. It is truly a treasure trove of personal experience and diligent, well presented research. As informative as it easy to identify with, this is a great blog for expecting and planning mothers-to-be, women coping with pregnancy loss or miscarriage, current parents, and really, any curious mind! Visit the Stirrup Queens website here.

2. Fertility Authority

Fertility Authority Blog
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A collaborative effort, the Fertility Blogs section of Fertility Authority’s website isn’t just one blog, but three separate perspectives on fertility sharing the same online home. Site visitors can read the articles chronologically, with the different authors’ posts mixed together, or navigate to each individual’s collection of material. Dear Infertility is written by Kim Griffiths, a former fertility patient who went on to volunteer for RESOLVE: The National Infertility Association, and has worked as a spokesperson for infertility awareness. Scrambled Eggs is written by Genna Banafato, a registered nurse with an extensive personal history with infertility and the mother of two girls conceived through IVF and ICSI. She combines medical expertise and personal experience into compassion and insight for patients and readers.

The Fertile Future is written by Dr. Eric Levens, M.D., an Ob/Gyn with extensive training in Reproductive Endocrinology. With numerous publications in the field and a current practice as a board-certified infertility physician, Dr. Levens offers his expertise on a wide range of subjects, addressing many of the most common questions couples and individuals face when struggling to conceive.

Find all three blogs here.

3. Fertility Community

A website all about community and connection, Fertility.org features forums, articles, blog entries, photos, and videos curated by fertility-minded people from around the world. This is a great place to delve into the more personal side of infertility, treatments and specialist visits, early parenthood, and beyond. People share their stores in forum posts and blogs, and act as a support system for users who are currently trying to conceive, receiving fertility treatments, or having any other kind of trouble! Not every post is specific to fertility, but the sense of community is apparent in the comments and personal updates provided by users. The site is free to join, and can be a great source for both education and support. Start exploring here.

4. The Bump

A site previously mentioned for its TTC Ticker and tracking app, The Bump is a well-organized and thorough site dedicated to all things pregnancy and parenting. The articles provided are organized by category for easy navigation, with most of the material acting as an introduction and “overview” of the topic at hand.

“Listicle” style blogs give you a quick rundown of topics such as common fertility mistakes, signs you’re fertile, fertility myths, and much more, and the site’s numerous other resources and range of topics mean you can surf through checklists, articles, “Q&A” sections, news, etc., all right here at The Bump.

5. A Little Pregnant

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An extremely clever and insightful blog, A Little Pregnant isn’t afraid to dive into the emotional struggles or sometimes graphic realities of infertility, pregnancy complications, and the whole world of conception. The writer, Julie, conceived her first child after four rounds of IVF, and experienced a range of difficulties over the course of pregnancy, including delivering ten weeks premature. The blog began as a personal journal, and has since grown into a valuable resource for information and support. Equal parts personal and clinical, this blog isn’t necessarily a source of raw information, but rather a place to understand the experiences people can have when treating infertility, facing reproductive health problems, and raising children! It’s also a great “jumping off” point for many terms and topics, pointing you in the right direction for further research of your own. Julie also provides links to many important fertility resources throughout her posts and in the sidebar of the website. A Little Pregnant is entertaining and informative reading that personalizes this often sensitive subject. Start reading the blog here.

Wherever you are in your pregnancy planning, from first exploring options for fertility treatment to considering a second or third child, first trying to conceive or struggling for months and years to become pregnant, the resources available online can be truly invaluable. While you should also be talking to your healthcare providers about these topics, being able to do your own ovulation calculations, cycle tracking, and research to understand terms and techniques will only further prepare you to follow your doctor or specialist’s advice. It can be an emotionally tumultuous journey, full of joy and disappointment, hope and fear, and the more prepared you are for potential outcomes and possible treatments, the more confidently you can pursue the goal of parenthood. Good luck!

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