Paper or App Charting?

In this day and age of technology, “fertility tracking” device apps are growing in popularity… but are they the best option?

FAM is an awareness practice that supports connecting us with our bodies and its subtle signals. Electronic devices have proven to disconnect us from the natural world around us. As we delve into the practice of FAM, we look to build deeper connections with the world around us, our minds and our bodies. In that respect, paper charting brings us closer to ourselves, while using apps can cause more of a disconnect.

In addition, many fertility tracking apps use algorithms that calculate fertility and predict ovulation based of past cycles, which can be inaccurate for those of you wanting to use FAM for contraception. Many of these apps also have limited descriptions of cervical fluid which can be frustrating for users who do not observe the apps descriptions of cervical fluid. Cervical fluid variations are as different as each individual reading this blog post. Apps are not one size fits all either, some do not allow you to change settings, add notes, change your ovulation day nor coverline. So while fertility tracking apps may sound like a more mobile, easier version to track your fertility, they have limitations and may not be able to give you a full look at your cycle.

*NOTE: There are very few “fertility tracking” apps that are EU or FDA approved for contraception, many of them even have disclaimers stating that their apps are not for contraceptive use. Even the apps that are approved for contraception are proving to be unreliable methods as data is released on their efficacy.

I recommend you use paper charts for at least 3 to 6 months when beginning your journey into FAM so that you have a sound understanding of charting, how FAM works, which rules to apply to yourself and the variations in charting. There are so many beautiful and unique paper charts on the market for you to choose from depending on your individual goals for FAM. You can choose from Celsius or Fahrenheit, simple or in-depth paper charts.

If you have plans to use a device app in the future, a few that work well are Kindara, OvuView and a new and exciting app that I am currently beta testing and falling in love with, Read Your Body. Again, paper charting has proven to be the best way to accurately track your fertile and infertile days but in the end the choice is ultimately yours!

Nina Haley | Yoga Teacher | Reproductive Health Educator | www.ninahaley.com

How to Choose a BBT Thermometer

There are so many basal body thermometers on the market for taking your BBT these days that the choice can be difficult to make. Well I’m here to tell you that you do not need a fancy thermometer for tracking your basal body temperature!  A BBT thermometer is not necessary at all, as a regular digital or mercury thermometer will work well.

Here are a few things to consider when choosing a thermometer for BBT:

  • NOT a Quick Read Thermometer
  • Should take 30 to 60 seconds for an accurate BBT reading
  • Only needs to read to the 10th (37.0 or 98.0) not 100th (37.00 or 98.00)

There are now specific BBT thermometers that sync with apps but since I’m a firm believer in paper charting, those types of thermometers are not necessary and have a huge upfront cost.

If however, you are interested in a wearable BBT thermometer then I recommend ordering Tempdrop. This non-bluetooth wearable thermometer tracks your temperature throughout the night, giving more accurate BBT readings over time as the thermometer algorithm adjusts to your body and BBT. You can receive $10 off your Tempdrop purchase by using my referral code link: TempDrop Discount Code

Nina Haley | Yoga Teacher | Reproductive Health Educator | www.ninahaley.com

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