By Tanya Smith
Keeping track of your period seems simple enough. Sometimes though, keeping track of your period can be anything but simple. Smartphone and tablet apps (for iOS and Android) can make it easy for women to track their period and fertility. They can help predict your cycles and monitor your mood, symptoms, weight, and temperature
Tracking apps enable women to record their periods, see their peak fertile days, track intimate moments, record PMS symptoms, and record notes pertaining to their health. Some apps have period and ovulation predictors and maintain a record of dates of most recent cycles – very handy when the nurse or doctor asks when your last period began. Other apps enable women to connect with other women around the world. Period and fertility tracking apps may not be foolproof but they certainly help women to be more knowledgeable about their monthly cycles and their bodies.
Who can benefit?
ALL women that experience a menstrual period. Young women new to menstruating can track their cycles and start to see trends. Women using the natural family planning method can record temperature readings and see exactly when their fertile window may begin and end. Women in peri-menopause can track their sporadic periods. Tracker apps can help if you want to get pregnant or if you do not want to become pregnant right now. Find the app that works best for you and fits your budget.
Many period tracker apps are available at no cost to the user. Versions without ads that may offer additional functionality range from $0.99 to $3.99. The most common period tracker apps include Clue, Period Tracker, and Life – Period Tracker. Other common period tracker apps are Cycles, Eve, Menstrual Period Tracker, Monthly Cycles, My Calendar, Period Calendar, Period Diary, Pink Pad, and more.
Apps specific to fertility tracking tend to be more expensive than period tracking apps. Some are touted as fertility monitors that have attachments and high-tech readings. Fees for fertility tracking apps often range from $0 to $375. Some have monthly rate plans so carefully review pricing before making your final selection. The most common fertility tracker apps include Fertility Friend, Glow, and Kindara. Other common fertility apps are Clue, Conceivable, Daysy, Maybe Baby, Natural Cycles, OvaCue, Ovia, Period Tracker, and more.
Period and Fertility tracking apps can make it easier to track your menstrual cycle. These may be excellent apps but you shouldn’t rely 100% on an application because you know your body best and can make the best decisions in conjunction with an app. Apps are great tools to help you in your process.
Period and fertility tracker apps can be a wonderful tool to help you. If you have questions about your menstrual cycle or would like to talk one-on-one with a nurse, click here. You can also schedule an appointment at one of our medical clinics in Oakland, Redwood City or San Francisco. Call 1-888-252-1822 or visit http://www.supportcircle.org – walk-ins welcome!