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These are the best period, fertility, and ovulation tracking apps out there

Women’s reproductive health can be pretty complicated and it’s good to keep track of things. Whether you’re planning a family or just want to know when your period is coming, there are a number of great period and fertility tracking apps to choose from.

These apps are much more than period trackers. They’re reproductive health helpers that know your menstrual cycle is more than potential for PMS. So if you’re looking for a handy way to track your dear Aunt Flo in the New Year — and also stay informed about your body — here are a few apps that will make everything about your cycle as painless as possible.

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Clue

Clue

Consistently one of the highest rated period trackers around, Clue is beautiful, simple, and most importantly, effective. Designed to make keeping tabs on your fertility accurate, fast, and friendly, Clue is much more than a calendar counting down to your next start date. Rather, it helps you make informed decisions about your reproductive health, whether that means getting pregnant or staying … not pregnant. You can enter data about your period, pain, mood, fluid, and sexual activity — all of which contribute to a increasingly personalized experience. Best of all, you can ask Clue questions.

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iOS  Android

Period Tracker Lite

Period Tracker Lite

Looking for a no frills, efficient option? Look no further than Period Tracker Lite, the straightforward and no-nonsense app that does everything the name suggests (minus the “lite”). And while it’s simple, it’s by no means skimpy. With features that allow you to track your symptoms, moods, weight, and even basal body temperature, Period Tracker Lite does everything a reproductive health app needs to. The app also includes data visualization, a calendar, email backup and restore, passcode for privacy, and much more. There’s a premium version for $2, but most users will be just fine with the free Lite app.

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iOS Android

Dot

Dot

One of the most comprehensive apps available, the multi-functionality of this period and fertility tracker has earned it a 4.5 star rating. Simply choose your goal — get pregnant, prevent pregnancy, or predict cycles — and let your phone take care of the rest. With its statistical calculations, you’ll instantaneously be privy to information about your conception chances each day of your cycle, simply by way of your period start dates. And with an intuitive interface that features changing color-coded background, symbols, and text, you won’t ever be confused by all the data Dot throws at you. If you’re looking to plan far ahead, Dot has you covered — you can accurately predict your period for the next six months. 

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iOS

myPill

My Pill

Remembering to take a pill every day is hard. But it doesn’t have to be with myPill. The app reminds you to take your contraception every day at the same time, and best of all, automatically stops the reminders during the seven days you’re on your period. It’ll also reschedule on its own, so taking your birth control is now about as mindless an exercise as you can make it. For those who use the patch, ring, or other birth control methods, myPill will remind you when you need to do that, too. The app even reminds you to drink water, which can help with cramps during your cycle. If you’re into planning ahead, myPill lets you see your next pack dates for up to six months in advance.

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iOS or Android

Glow

Glow

Glow offers the holy trinity in reproductive health, with a whole suite of apps specifically designed with women in mind. There’s Eve, “the only app for your real health and sex needs”; Glow Nurture, perfect for your bun in the oven; and the original Glow, which will take you to fertility and beyond. The “partner connected” feature finally breaks down the unnatural moratorium on discussing reproductive health with people other than your doctor. After all, Glow notes, “it’s a shared journey,” so why not keep your partner in the know? So whether you’re looking to calculate fertility, get more information on your developing pregnancy, or just have questions about sex in general, Glow has something for you.

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iOS or Android

Kindara

Kindara

One of the most critically acclaimed fertility apps around is Kindara, which is not only software for your smartphone, but also a connected fertility thermometer. Using the science behind the Fertility Awareness Method, users input detailed information (don’t worry, it only takes a minute a day) about basal body temperature and cervical fluid to determine whether they’re fertile or not, every day. With the app and connected thermometer, you can get feedback and support from Fertility Awareness Method experts to help interpret temperature shifts, ovulation timing, and cervical fluid peak days, and even invite your doctor to view your charts online. Whether you’re looking to become pregnant or avoid it, Kindara is the app you’ve been missing.

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iOS Android