Acronyms & Terms
Like most people, I am someone who is constantly on my phone connecting with others via social media & other online platforms. When I started this journey of fertility and trying to conceive, I downloaded an app on my phone to help track my menstrual cycles before I even had my birth control removed. While I was reading questions and connecting with others, I noticed so many people used acronyms I didn't understand. And now that I know what they are I feel so many "newbies" need a helping hand.
In hopes to avoid that frustration for you, I have found a nice list of terms & acronyms from Pregnancy.org that are commonly used on these forms.
This list is greay because it covers both acronyms and terms that are discussed. Unfortunately, so many women don't know enough about their bodies this all seems like a foreign language. Take notes my students! We shall learn together! ;-)
Apps & Forms
Okay, so now that you are prepared for the terms and acronyms used in Apps, you need to decided which app you are going to use! So, a good question would be...what app should I download or use? Just like anything else, no one can decided that for you but it doesn't hurt to do a little research! Well, I guess that's what I am for BUT note that I'm not forcing you to use the App I am. Please use what you feel is right for you. I am just using my personal experience from my App to discuss pros and cons to look for in ANY app.
With that being said...
I think a great question before we go even further would be...WHY should I track anything about my body? Tracking cycles as well as detailed information about cycles will increase you chances of getting pregnant OR decrease the chances getting pregnant (if you are trying NOT to get pregnant). With charting these things about your body it will be easier to determine what is your "norm". If later on you are not having success getting pregnant (over a year of actively trying) it can be extremely beneficial for you to have all the "research" a head of time for any specialists you see in regards to fertility. Not that the App is going to diagnose you with anything but it could really come in handy to help your doctor if/when needed.
Anyway! Back to the Apps. When I first stared tracking my cycles I just randomly picked one but wasn't super fond of it and found myself never using it. I honestly couldnt even tell you which app it was because I don't remeber. That wasn't super helpful or smart on my part. Although, once I got serious about tracking my cycles, I went to good old Google.com for suggestions on Apps. Here is an article I found... check out The 10 Best Fertility Apps written by Melissa Willets from fitPregnancy.com. After a little research I decided to use Ovia.
I started using Ovia at the beginning of March 2016 and have been on it almost everyday since. Here I will go over the pros and cons of it. Please note, I do not have the upgraded version so there may be aspects of it that I would like but don't have access too.
-In the medications section it would be nice if it would save previous ones I have used. Similar to that, there is a section that asks if I have taken my vitamins with only a yes/no answer. I personally would like to be able to see a list of ones I have taken and select the ones I took that particular day.
-There isn't an area to chart my cervix position. Not that I have started doing this yet but it is something I have recently learned about (will blog later about this). I would like to be able to chart this to help identify when I am fertile and when I am not.
-I would like to be able to see a larger/longer version of my fertility chart instead of just scrolling back to see more than two weeks.
-THIS APP IS SOOOO EASY TO USE! I honestly had no problem at all figuring it out. Updating my information daily is quick and painless. The overall layout of the app really contributes to this. Everything is broken down very simply to understand the content better.
-I like the simple format of being able to chat with others anonymously. As you can see from the top middle screenshot, my name is not listed under who is asking the question. It is listed as "Mint Camel" with "lavender hammerhead" responding. This gives users the ability to ask those embarrassing questions. And for each new post or question you are assigned a new "identity". I thought this was a pretty cool feature because not everyone is okay with asking such personal questions if there is even a small chance someone knows them.
-The top right screen shot is of the general feed on my app. I really enjoy when they provide insight to all the data I have been entering. Everything is presented in a very positive way.
-There are helpful tips and articles that I really enjoy reading, too. They also have healthy food recipes for anyone who likes to cook a good healthy meal!
-During the course of using the App I haven't had any issues with it crashing or taking too much space up on my phone, so that is a plus.
Overall: I would defiantly recommend this to others who are looking to try and get pregnant. I will be purchasing the upgraded version at the start of my new cycle and will provide a later review of the app.
For my next cycle I will also be adding a second charting app, Glow. The Glow App is also mentioned in the above article. But wait - why would I add a second app to my daily charting? Well, first off, I would like to try a second app to provide a better overall review of both apps for my readers. Secondly, I would like to see if there is any difference in their predictions of fertility and menstrual cycles. This does not mean you have to use two apps everyday to chart your cycles. I am just doing it out of curiosity and research.
But go ahead - check out the below description of the Glow App. I look forward to providing a full review of it after next month. If you are using this App - let me know what you think about it!
-A very important note for any App user is to be consistent as possible and as thorough as possible with entering your data. It can make all the difference between conceiving or not.
-You do not need to use two apps to chart your cycles! I have just chosen to do so.
-When trying a new App I would suggest using it for a full cycle to see if you like it or not. This may seem like a long time but you may not understand the full potential of the app or the full insights it can provide.
If you have any comments or questions about the Apps or Acronyms - feel free to do so at the bottom of this article.
Thanks for reading!
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