With the release of the 2.0 version of our app we made a lot of visual changes. The reasons for these are plentiful, one of them is that we want to be more educational. Our goal is that our cyclers will learn more about their body from using the application. This will become even more apparent in future releases but a very clear example is the design of the new ovulation pictogram.
The ovulation is the release of an egg from the ovaries, so the obvious symbol to represent this is an egg. But not any egg, the human egg. Let it be known that the human egg—or ovum—does not look anything like a chicken egg, nor a grain of rice. To make it simple, the ovum is and looks like a cell. A roundish shape, approximately 0.12 mm in diameter, consisting of—among other things—an outer membrane and a nucleus. This is what the new ovulation pictogram depicts. You can see a picture of a real ovum below along with our previous and new pictogram. Note that a pictogram is intended to work in black and white, in small sizes and to be clearly visible even if viewed at a distance.
We are hopeful that our new pictogram will remind and/or educate cyclers and their partners on what the ovum is. Even in its simplified appearance.