As any woman who is trying to conceive will tell you, when she decides that she's ready to have a baby, she wants that baby now. After all, weren't we always warned that we could get pregnant at the drop of a hat? But for many of us, things don't always go as planned. A simple online cry for help brings up countless forums on prime positions, pregnancy tests and the dreaded two week wait, but very little of the info we all need to understand our bodies and fertility and do our best to get those families started.
There are countless apps in the market to track your period and determine peak days of ovulation so when a few friends recommended that I download one, I headed to the web to learn more. After experimenting with Fertility Friend and Glow, I found the perfect match with the simple and user-friendly design of Kindara. Not only does Kindara educate you on FAM, the Fertility Awareness method, but it also serves as a useful journal of your body's changes throughout each monthly cycle (this is super helpful if you require fertility treatments in the future--your doctor will want to know as much about your cycles as possible!).
Once you understand the signs to look for (cervical fluid, cervical position and basal body temperature--I own this basal thermometer), you simply enter the data into your app and toggle to the chart to search for signs that your body is nearing ovulation. You might find that although you have a typical 28 day cycle, you aren't ovulating until day 18 and have been timing things incorrectly all along. Or maybe your cycles are as inconsistent as can be and you want to visit your OB/GYN to find the right tips or supplements to help you regulate your ovulation.
After using Kindara for nearly one year now, I'm a huge fan of the simple daily data entry, alarm reminder to check your basal temperature / cervical fluid and the option to connect with other users, whether to view their charts or share your own as a way to learn more about each cycle. You can also add other measurables to indicate days when you had a few too many drinks (this can affect the next day's temperatures) or to keep track of a vitamin or supplement you've added to your routine. The notes function allows you to add more detailed info (cramping on the left side? feeling really moody?) so that all the specifics you might need to know are in one place. An added bonus is keeping track of when you are intimate with your partner. If I notice that it's been a number of days, I'll go out of my way to make time for my husband and I to be together, no matter how many emails are waiting to be answered (or what time of the month it is!).
And according to FAM, keeping track of these changes in your body isn't just helpful when you're trying to conceive. It's also a great tool for those looking for the opposite but not interested in condoms or the pill. While not 100% fool-proof, many women swear by timed intercourse as a natural form of birth control.
Whatever your path to becoming a mom or holding off on babies for now, you'll go into it with a new and empowering understanding of your body. We're wishing you well!