I had never heard of Ovatemp until a reader suggested I include it in The Great App Debate. Ovatemp is a relatively new app, with its first version released almost exactly a year ago in 2013. It is competing with a lot of very established apps, so it's got a lot working against it. Overall, one thing I love about Ovatemp is its simplicity in design. The fluff and extra stuff has been discarded, and the interface is simple and includes several gestures and swipes instead of buttons.
Unfortunately, Ovatemp's app seems to have gotten rid of a little bit too much in its quest for simplicity. We'll talk a little bit more about that later.
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INACCURATE FERTILITY PREDICTIONS
There are more than a few things wrong with this prediction, but here are a couple:
Problem #1: the chart didn't record my luteal phase properly, so the graph does not display my actual luteal phase. Ovulation actually occurred on CD12, which is incredibly hard to tell from viewing the chart. Since Ovatemp predicted my ovulation and coverline for me, this means that the coverline was set way too high.
Problem #2: the app is telling me I'm fertile at the LEAST fertile part of my cycle. Seriously, if you could pick the worst and least profitable time to have sex to make a baby, it would be at the very end of your luteal phase right before your period.
Again, for women who practice fertility awareness, it's not a huge deal. We just ignore the message and move on. But isn't the whole point of an app telling you you're fertile so that you can know when you're fertile? For women who don't know as much about fertility awareness, this is horribly misleading and could lead to a major error.
Huge swing and a miss.
I know I've mentioned this in my other reviews of Glow and Ovia, but I'll say it again here just to hit the point home: relying on an app to tell you when you are fertile is not something I recommend. When an app tells you you're fertile when you're not (or vice versa), it can make conception ten times more difficult. If you're trying at the wrong times in your cycle, it can throw a real wrench in the works.
So a fertility app that telling you you're fertile at the wrong times is pretty much an app death sentence. It's one of the major reasons Ovatemp didn't make it further in the Great App Debate. Why would you use an app to help you get pregnant if the app isn't giving you the right information?
Like any new app, it will just take time for those to get worked out. If you do use Ovatemp, I'd recommend submitting feedback to the developers whenever possible--if you like the app and you want to make it better, it's a great way to have your voice heard.
THE TEMPERATURE SLIDER! @$*#!%#*!
One final thing that bothered me to no end while using Ovatemp: the dreaded temperature slider. It was a major pain every day when I would try to put my temperature in. Every time I lifted my finger, the slider would change the temperature and I'd have to start over trying to get the right temperature recorded.
For something that needs to be precisely recorded day by day, you'd think they'd work pretty hard on making that effortless to enter. I know that the app developers know about this and I was told they were working on an update to change it, so hopefully it won't be a problem for too much longer.
SHOULD YOU USE OVATEMP?
Not so. I actually really like Ovatemp, but I think it has a long, long way to go.
The thing I really respect about Ovatemp is their commitment to improve. I had the CEO of Ovatemp reach out for feedback and clarification several times, and even saw changes based on that feedback in a few short months after providing some input. They may be a young app, and it may be worth waiting until the major bugs are resolved, but Ovatemp shows a lot of promise.
GOOD FOR WOMEN WHO:
NOT FOR WOMEN WHO: