First steps with your trackle fertility tracker

The first steps are best taken together. That's why we have summarized everything you need to know when it comes to putting the trackle into operation.

We'll start from the very beginning with the first login, pairing your sensor and how you start measuring. We will explain how to insert and remove the sensor, how trackle evaluates, and explain your daily trackle routine to you.

Here's how you register, step by step

1. Download the "trackle" app from the Apple App Store or the Google Play Store.
2. Open the app and click on "Create a new account".
3. Enter your email address and click on "Next".

4. You will now receive a passphrase - very important: write it down somewhere!
5. Click "Yes" and enter your passphrase in the next step.
6. By clicking on "Next" you will be logged in and will be able to connect your sensor.

How to connect the sensor - step by step

1. After registering, the app will ask you to connect the sensor. If you have an Android smartphone, turn on location services in addition to Bluetooth and the internet and allow the trackle app to access your location.
2. Unpack the sensor and open the trackle app.
3. Put it in the box to connect with the app.
4. At this point the sensor will blink three times long and twice short term and will be visible in the app.
5. Click on "Connect the sensor": the sensor will be registered and connected.

  • Congratulations, you are now logged in and your trackle is ready to measure!

    But when and how do you actually start?

    Especially at the beginning you should wear the sensor every night if possible so that it can collect meaningful data.
    It doesn't matter if you don't wear it for a night, but try to wear it every night if possible.
    Start measuring after your menstrual period. The measurement should begin when the bleeding has stopped. You should start on day 5 of your cycle at the latest, i.e. five days after the first day of menstruation.

    Don't worry: If you are still bleeding slightly, you can use your trackle, in combination with a pad, for example.

  • How long should I wear the trackle? Can I remove it in between?

    In order for trackle to determine your basal value you should wear the trackle sensor for at least 4 hours while you sleep.

    You can remove the sensor in between when you need to go to the bathroom or have sex. trackle can simply exclude these small measurement pauses from the calculation.

  • Can I add data from my previous cycle?

    You can enter the dates of your previous menstruation in the app before the first measurement.

    The same goes for your comments from the cervical mucus.

    As soon as you enter something, the first trackle loop begins. And not just a cycle is complete, you will receive your predictions about the future.

How to remove the trackle? - Tips and tricks

Remove the sensor in the morning when you get up. It may take some practice, but it gets easier with time. As you can see in the photo, in a position that is comfortable for you, insert two fingers – preferably thumb and forefinger – into the vagina and grasp the sensor at its bridge.

Then just pull out!

What do you do if you can't get the trackle out?

First of all: Don't panic!

The sensor cannot be lost and you will definitely be able to remove it.

One trick is to push it forward so that you can grab it better. This is easily done by exerting a little pressure with the pelvic floor - similar to having a bowel movement.

Another trick is to push a little while in the squat position and then grab it. You can also let gravity work for you and move around a bit.

Sometimes it also helps if you just try it a little later.

What you should always know: It is absolutely not bad for your health if the sensor stays in for more than one. Nothing can happen or anything can break.

  • The daily routine actually begins in the evening: when the sensor is inserted

    1. Take the sensor out of the white box.
    2. Check if the trackle is damaged in any place: if you notice deformation or damage, do not use it.
    3. Insert the trackle into your vagina like a tampon - if it's in the right place, you shouldn't even feel it.
    4. Now go to bed and goodnight! The sensor measures while you sleep.
    5. In the morning, remove the sensor by pulling the handy tab.

  • How to sync the sensor with the app:

    1. Bluetooth and WIFI activated.
    2.
    With an Android smartphone: GPS activated.
    3. Open the trackle app and go to the yellow tab.
    4. Now place your trackle in the storage box with the recessed grip facing up.
    5. Wait until the sensor has synchronized.
    6.
    Observe your cervical mucus several times throughout the day and enter the best quality that you were able to observe into the app in the evening.
    7. The sensor and app do the rest!

    You simply leave the sensor in its storage box until you wear it again.

How to clean your trackle

Clean your trackle  with plenty of water or use a little soap immediately after removing it, before transmitting the temperature to the app. When using soap, however, make sure that no soap residue remains on the outer surface.

It is important that you do not use harsh detergents or abrasive products to clean your trackle. If necessary, you can also disinfect your trackle, but this is not mandatory. To do so, please follow the cleaning instructions in the user manual.

How to observe the cervical mucus

For the evaluation of your cycle, trackle needs your input on the cervical mucus. Here  you can read again what exactly cervical mucus is and where it comes from.

Observe your cervical mucus daily and take a close look at it: What does it look like? Is it slippery or slithery? What color is it? How does the vaginal entrance feel? Is it dry, moist or maybe even wet?

Enter your observations in the app. Here you will find an explanation of the individual abbreviations in the app:

  • Trackle's rating is based on the syntothermic method.

    trackle evaluates every day considering your entries of the quality of the cervical mucus and your basal temperature, where exactly are you in your cycle and whetherovulation has already happened or not.

    Your ovulation occurred when your body reached a high temperature and when your cervical mucus changed from best quality to worst quality. Who you can read the exact rules. 

  • What your first tracked cycle looks like before the assessment

    In the first cycle, trackle does not know you and your cycle yet and therefore shows you “Today is a fertile day” - until enough information has been collected to perform a recalculation.

    Every day trackle checks your entries for cervical mucus and your basal body temperature to find out whether you have ovulated yet.

    For evaluating your cycle trackle therefore requires your input of cervical mucus, your menstrual input and your basal temperature. As soon as ovulation has been detected according to the rules of the symptothermal method, the display in your app will change accordingly.

  • What your cycles look like after trackle detects ovulation

    As soon as trackle has evaluated your temperature peak and your cervical mucus peak, you will see your ovulation. The turquoise marked days around your ovulation indicate when you were actually fertile. The yellow color marks the day of ovulation.

    Starting with your 2nd cycle, trackle also shows you a cycle forecast in the calendar view. Here trackle shows you when your ovulation will probably take place in the next cycles.

    Important: the forecasts are not a basis for contraception! If you use trackle for contraception, please check your fertility status on the start screen every day. Only the current, daily display may be the basis for your contraception decision!

  • How the cycle forecasts look like

    In the days between menstruation and before ovulation occurs trackle will show you "Today is a fertile day" in the first cycle. The reason is that the day of ovulation can vary depending on external influences (stress, travel, illness...).

    Forecasts can help you see when you're likely to ovulate.

  • When exactly am I fertile?

    The egg cell can only be fertilized for 12 to a maximum of 18 hours after ovulation. However, the body has found an ingenious way to extend this period: the cervical mucus changes its consistency around ovulation due to the hormone estrogen - it becomes drwable and increasingly resembles the appearance of egg white.
    This protein-like cervical mucus changes the pH of the vagina and allows sperm to survive in the female body for up to 5 days.
    You are actually fertile only in your fertile time window, i.e. 4 days before ovulation, the day of ovulation itself, and 2 days after.

  • When does trackle show you the fertile window?

    The forecasts of trace show you when your ovulation is likely to take place in the next cycle. After ovulation has taken place, trackle can confirm exactly when your fertile window was.

    The more cycles you measure with trackle, the more accurate the predictions for your ovulation and therefore for your fertile window will be.