How Accurate are Fertility Awareness and Period Tracking Apps

We all love it when there is technology that can take the work away and make life more enjoyable. Fertility awareness method (FAM) apps make the work of tracking your period and fertile window a lot easier but the question is: how accurate are period and fertility tracking apps?

Everyone has her own reason for using a fertility awareness app.

Some use it to help increase their chances of getting pregnant; others use it as a form of contraception (though not recommended by a lot of people).

And if you are using some sort of tracking app for women, you are certainly not alone. Statistics show that more and more women continue to download and use period tracking apps every day.

The most popular period and fertility tracking apps out there have at least 10 million users. An article published by BBC in 2016 (3 years ago) showed an estimated 200 million downloads of period tracking apps worldwide.

In 2016, Ava bracelet was born but it really became popular in 2017. Ava Bracelet comes with a smartphone app to help women track cycle, detect their fertile window, and also check pregnancy health with stress level reports and much more.

man with woman wearing ava bracelet for tracking

Though the Ava tracking kit became popular in 2017, its app has gotten over 50,000 installs on Android. So far, many users like the app.

So far, Ava has won several awards and as of July 2018, Ava reported 10,000 pregnancies with the help of its app and Bracelet.

Ava does not just track pregnancy and fertile window. It tells other things about your health like your stress levels. This sort of information is helpful for women especially pregnant women in knowing when to stop engaging in those physical activities.

Because, truth be told, a lot of women having difficulty with making the decision to take a break and just let things be.

How Accurate are Period Tracking Apps?

Research published on Contraception Journal in December 2017 showed that 54% of users discontinue usage of contraceptive mobile apps. This doesn’t look very good. But on the other hand, it is a good number when you consider certain conditions.

Firstly, this report does not show that 54% of women who use tracking apps think they are faulty. It only shows the 54% of women used these apps as contraceptive.

This argument actually seems unnecessary but it is. Most people may easily think that since contraceptive apps are having so many dropouts, fertility window and general period tracking apps won’t work.

This is not true. In most cases, it just depends on how you use them. That being said, contraception mobile apps will most likely fail you. It’s the reason so many people don’t recommend their usage.

Young woman using period tracking app

But before we draw a conclusion, we should consider the fact that we may not have been able to measure the daily activities of the 54% of ladies who discontinued their contraception apps.

Did they read and understand the terms and conditions for these applications? A certain kind of food or lifestyle may affect body functions. When this happens, it is possible for the app to get the wrong information, process it and generate a bad report.

How Accurate are Fertility Awareness Apps

Mobile apps are increasingly becoming part of fertility awareness methods (FAMs). Even when some of them may not be so accurate, they record greater success rates when compared to contraception apps.

But no matter how accurate some of these applications may be proven to be, you will always find few ladies who won’t agree with such findings.

This takes us back to the fact that people are different. When talking about how good these apps perform we should factor in the differences in people’s body functions, and how they use these applications.

Some people’s menstrual cycle can be more irregular while others may have a more uniform cycle. Studies show that females moving away from their thirties upwards may experience more irregular cycles.

Some ladies also report irregularities in reports generated by fertility tracking apps when they take alcohol.

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Why do Fertility Apps work better for some people?

Firstly you cannot just download some free application from an unknown source and expect to get the best from it.

The apps that are more likely going to work for you are those recommended by health professionals – much better if they are personal physicians.

If you are getting an app on your own it is more advisable to go for a paid product created by well known or recommended health professionals.

Other reasons the app may fail could be irregular menstrual cycles and alcohol usage. As such, it is advisable to learn from the makers how to get the best out of your fertility window and period tracking app.

woman conceives and holds tummy

When you install and begin to use your application, it is possible that the app has been programmed to learn certain things from your body to be able to give you more accurate results over time.

So relying completely on this application during the first few weeks may not be the best thing to do.

Whether they are just starting out with a tracking app or have used it for months, most of the ladies who get good results from these apps use them with other methods like the ovulation prediction kit (OPK).

Don’t make the mistake of throwing your primary assessment method or OPK out the window once your new tracking wearable arrives.

A Fertility awareness method (FAM) app works for different people in different ways. But they work better if they are recommended by your health professional, purchased or used as a complement for some other assessment method like your OPK.

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