I've been looking for an app to chart my body's fertility for quite a while. Remember my begging? No? Well, I assure you, I even used this space to try to find something, and never had any luck.
My days of searching are over, though, and I'm excited to share a brand-new app with you: MyFertilityMD.
Here's a brief intro via YouTube:
I've been using this for one cycle, so I'm very much a novice user, but I was so excited about it, I just had to write about it and share it here.
Natural Family Planning--or, as the MyFertilityMD folks have repackaged it, Organic Family Planning--teaches you to pay attention to and keep track of your body's signs to avoid or achieve pregnancy.
When I say this is an answer to a prayer of mine, I'm not exaggerating. And, from what I've learned in my communications with the founders, it's an answer to their prayers too.
Easy to use
I did spend the time to watch the introductory videos. For one thing, I was curious. For another thing, it's been a while since our NFP class (which was a correspondence class, not an in-person class). And for something else, I haven't been charting for about two years.
The videos are easy to find and they're short. They're also well-done, professional and informative.
When you have questions, there are easy to find and easy to use FAQ sections, or, if you're lazy (like cough me), you can send a message through the app or the website.
And using it each day? It's less work than putting on my socks in the morning. The app even gives me a reminder at the time I set it for.
Answers = found
Not sure if this sign you're having is normal? Worried about something? Just confused by your body?
Or any number of other things...there are real doctors (like people with MD after their name, not theologians, mind you) on hand. They'll look at your charts, answer your questions, pass you the coffee--oh, wait, I'm getting my apps confused...
The FAQs and instructional videos are very good, too. (Yes, I already mentioned that, but it bears repeating.)
In the event that you want to share your chart with your own medical professional or someone else (like your spouse?), you can easily export them.
The cost of classes? Between $100-200. The cost of ongoing learning? I don't know.
Right now, the app costs $4.99 in iTunes. That's a special introductory price, and I think this app is worth at least three times that (or more).
Best of the best
Using this app (and the method behind it) involves no chemicals. No pills. So it's completely green in all the best ways.
And hey! Being in line with Church teaching doesn't hurt anything, either!
It's based on over ten years of medical research and the wisdom of Natural Family Planning, but it goes beyond that, because incorporating the on-the-go and instant updating abilities of the web and devices like iPhones changes the game completely.
Whether you're into Creighton or sympto-thermal or Billings or any of the other types of NFP, it doesn't matter. This app supports them all. And if you don't know what that sentence just meant (welcome to my world), then no worries. This is the app for that. :)
If you find yourself not sure about this whole NFP thing, this is a way to start. You'll learn about your body, and in doing that, you'll learn a lot about both yourself and your relationship with your family. (Sounds crazy, I know, but there you have it.)
Copyright 2013 Sarah Reinhard
About the Author
When she’s not chasing kids, chugging coffee, or juggling work, Sarah Reinhard’s usually trying to stay up read just one…more…chapter. She writes and works in the midst of rural farm life with little ones underfoot. She is part of the team for the award-winning Catholic Mom’s Prayer Companion, as well as the author of a number of books. You can join her for a weekday take on Catholic life by subscribing to Three Shots and follow her writing at Snoring Scholar.