Tech Talk Tuesdays: Looking for an NFP App


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In May this year, we moved to a new house. It’s great! It’s grand! And…it’s messed up my NFP charting system.

The baby’s old enough now and it’s time for me to get back in the groove with charting (I’m probably, in fact, a bit late jumping back in the saddle). At the risk of TMI (so you can tune out now if you want), here’s what we used to do: I’d record the information on the chart in the bathroom. It was an easy place for both my husband and I, our kids were too little to pay any attention to it, and we kept the chart on a clipboard underneath a pile of magazines, so visitors didn’t really notice it.

In our new home, this system won’t work. At all.

Plus I have an iPad now. And he has an iPad for work and a Droid phone. So there should be an app for that.


A few weeks ago, I put the call out on Twitter, Facebook, and Google +, asking for recommendations.

I was astounded by the number of people who were in the same boat as me, wanting a good NFP app.

Lacking any kind of good “this is the best thing ever and works great” recommendation, I downloaded the nine free apps I found in the iTunes app store.

And you know what? I’m sort of “enh” on all of them.

So this week, I come to you. HELP A SISTER OUT! I’m not opposed to spending money on an app, but it was beyond my intellectual capacity (which is, granted, a lot diminished of late) to discern which one I should buy or if the free ones would suit us.

We learned the sympto-thermal method, but I’m not opposed to trying out some other system of NFP. So…

What app(s) do you recommend for NFP charting?


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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.


  1. While not a Phone App, you can check out the Couple to Couple League Computer Program – That works on a PC.

    Also, please check out If there isn’t something similar in your area, everything on the site is available. If you have someone that knows how to do web pages, they can copy them, add local contact and put it up. It’s a great way to keep something on NFP available in your area.

    God Bless

  2. We use Creighton, I just kept the chart on my night stand and it seemed like a good place. Chart before bed, turn out the lights. Then again, we don’t have any kids in the house yet (one bun in oven) so an app would seem like a good idea. What about using a program like excel or paint and making your own template for the ipad? Sorry I’m not much help. I really hope you find something worth trying.

    • I use a custom-made android app called DonnaMobile. I used to chart on paper but it usually ended up with one- or two-day gaps because I would fall asleep at the thought of making notes in bed and eventually forget my temperature readings. The popular apps were too complex: I had no need for most of the functions and the mess was annoying. Finally, I had DonnaMobile made and now I record my temperature and mucus on coloured fertility stamps with two clicks (literally!) and what’s more I can easily print my pdf chart to take it to my doctor. Now the app is available at GooglePlay so you can learn how it works, leave a comment or make a suggestion –

  3. We use MeFertile. It’s not free. It tracks both temp and mucus. I do wish that CCLI would develop an app for their charting software, but MeFertile is nice because I can enter the info as soon as I take my temp each morning and it is color coded for non-fertile and fertile phases.

  4. I would also be interested in a good iPad or iPod Touch/iPhone app for my wife and I to use so I did a little Googling last night. I found an app called Lily for $5.99. It appears to be a nice looking app and had a lot of good reviews. I’m considering purchasing this one.

  5. It’s my understanding that due to FDA regulations, they can actually market them for pregnancy avoidance, only pregnancy aids. Given that we’re all trying to pinpoint ovulation that shouldn’t be a big deal but it can affect how the app works.

    I don’t have a specific app to recommend, but I can say that I know that a group of diocesan directors of NFP counseling are collaborating with a programmer to develop an app, so something specifically compatible Catholic teaching that incorporates the most common charting techniques is coming.

  6. I use “sympto” – a free app – on my iTouch. It takes a bit to load, and you must be able to get online to use it (so, no data input while offline or bringing the iTouch along to the OB to give them first day of last period info). It’s also written by a European, I think, so the wording is a bit odd at times. But it works and is uses the sympto method. And it’s free. I think if you pay to upgrade you can view charts online. I don’t know how it would look on the iPad, but on the iTouch, you can’t see more than about 10 days at a time, and scrolling to different time periods or different cycles is awkward, slow, cumbersome. If you find a better, more user friendly app, I’d love to know. But for now, this one, free, is fine. More convenient than paper.

  7. It seems like there are few nfp apps and certainly no “official” apps. I had an Andriod phone and used one called “ovaview” (sp?) I liked it a lot. You could select rules and it was very easy to you. Since then I have gotten an iPhone and unfortunately they do not have it for iPhone and do not plan on creating an apple app. So right now I am using “Lily”. This is my first cycle so the verdict is still out however my initial impression is that it is not nearly as good. It does not have a way to customize rules and is not very intuitive.
    However it did get good reviews so maybe it will grow on me. One thing I can say is the fertile/ not fertile coding is confusing. They color code it in blue vs turquoise… okay because those colors aren’t easy to confuse. So in summary, they kind of have some but there is definitely a market for a great user friendly apple app. Maybe it I didn!t already have a ton of kids and no time I’d create one……

  8. We use Creighton. My husband looked online to see what people had to say about an App for it. Someone had said that he created an app for the Creighton model, but did not get permission from the Pope Paul VI Institute to post it (which makes sense–they would want to make sure it was extremely accurate from the start). The PPVI Institute (all second hand, of course, from a post on-line somewhere, so take this with a grain of salt, perhaps) had said that they had people working on a Creighton Model app but it was not ready yet. It will be great when it is!

  9. I’m hoping the new app that’s forthcoming from Pauline will solve all my problems. So far, no go. And folks, I NEED TO BE CHARTING. Siiiigh. But I hesitate to spend money on something that’s not just what I want, you know?

  10. I just started learning Creighton and my instructor said an app is being developed. She also told me it’ll be Cloud-based so you can share charts w/ your instructor (and of course between spouses in real time). No news on when it’ll be out tho…

  11. I use “Woman Calendar” on my iPhone. It’s expensive ($10!) but has a lot of functionality – tracks your weight, bbt, mucus, and has fields you can use for customization (e.g., ovulation test readings).

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  13. I used lily before I got pregnant, and I’m on my second cycle since I started getting them again and have been trying kindara too. Lily has gotten easier to use, and kindara seems easy too

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