For at least the length of recorded history, humans have been attempting to plan and prevent pregnancy. From the practice of drinking lead in hopes of preventing pregnancy in ancient China, to dumping water on women to boost fertility in Hungary, there's always some wives' tale circulating about how women can harness their reproductive cycle.
Lucky for us, this age of technology has ushered in new and tested ways for us to understand our bodies and fertility like never before. A far cry from the rhythm method that likely resulted in your parents being born, these fertility monitors use science and your vital signs to pinpoint— with surprising accuracy— your date of ovulation.
Understanding the signs that indicate approaching ovulation allows couples to plan intercourse if trying to conceive, or abstain/withdraw/use barrier methods in order to avoid pregnancy. When it comes to fertility, knowledge is absolutely power. I've rounded up some of the most interesting fertility monitors available right now (and even tested a few myself). Here's the low-down.