Do a search on “fertility” in the Android Market and 251 apps will show up. For its part, the Apple Store showed 114 iPhone apps with “fertility” in the title or description in a recent search. The vast majority, you won’t be surprised to learn, are variations on ways to track your period and ovulation.Here are a few stand-outs you may want to consider:
Babble.com gave Perfect OB Wheel ($1.99), a sort of electronic replacement for the standard paper wheel you get from your doctor, a thumbs-up; the site ranked the tool among its “Top 25 iPhone Apps for Pregnancy" for 2011. Other top-rated apps include My Days – Period & Ovulation and My Period & Ovulation Tracker (both free), which tracks menstruation, ovulation and fertile days, to optimize your odds of conceiving.
If you don’t mind forking over a little cash, the Pink Pad Pro (Period Tracker) ($2.99 for Droid and iPad; $1.99 for iPhone) not only manages your menstrual calendar, it also tracks weight, cervical mucus, body temperature, ferning, spotting, menstrual flow, emotional and physical health, and connects you to other women for support and information. (A basic version of Pink Pad Free is available at no cost.)
You can take things even further and (possibly) predict the sex of your baby with Maybe Baby 2011 (99 cents to $4.99; Apple products), which claims to show you, if you conceived today, whether you’d have a boy or a girl (along with tracking fertility and ovulation).
Have you found an app you love? Please share which one you use and why you like it.