Maybe you have an irregular cycle or are in need of a reminder. A little alarm that rings when you’re ‘late’ might be wise as well. Whatever you want, there are enough to choose from.
Most apps are more than just a calendar that tells you when you need to wear a tampon. For example, the app Clue. Available in English for both Apple and Android devices. Just add data about your previous period and how you currently feel. The app asks you to fill in a short questionnaire every day, to make predictions as precise as possible.
Feeling bloated? Happy or moody? Is your skin greasy or dry? It’s a bit of a task, but the app will track everything for you: when you’re fertile, when you’re temper will be at its worst and of course, when your period will start. Clue also gives a lot of notifications. Is your period a day late? A message from the app. Fertile days starting tomorrow? Ping! Won’t forget to take your pill? These notifications can also be switched off.
There’s so much more …
One of the many other, comparable apps is Eve (Apple). You use it the same way as Clue, but Eve also has an active community where you can talk with other users about having your menstruation, sex and other related topics. The Period Calendar (Apple and Android) also has an Intercourse Report which helps determine your fertile days; might come in handy when you’re trying to get pregnant. Want to take it lightly? The Mood Horoscope and Period Tracker (Apple) links your menstruation cycle to your horoscope.
What these apps have in common is that they’re nicely designed and modern looking, so no pink flowers and cute clouds. They’re also easy to use. Which can’t be said about all the apps. MyPeriod Tracker (Apple and Android) and My Moontime (Apple) are comparable to Eve, Clue and Period Calendar: fill in a lot of data and the app predicts when not to wear white jeans. But the extravagant use of flowers, clouds and the pink design is a bit overkill. MyPeriod Tracker doesn’t work very well and if the moon phase as a metaphor for your menstruation doesn’t work for you, don’t go for My Moontime.
To cut a long story short: most apps just do what they’re supposed to do. Menstruation Agenda Lite (Apple) perfectly keeps track of your cycle. The Cyclus Calendar Period Tracker (Android) focusses on ovulation and pregnancy, but also allows you to map acne, stress, pain and anxiety.
The biggest differences lie in design and user’s comfort. Most apps are available in English. Not your native language? There are a lot of translations in many languages, but you’ll notice they’re not all very well done. Use a well translated app if your English isn’t good enough to make sure you understand every term.
A word of advice
There are a lot of apps that offer you the possibility to keep a precise diary of your physical health before, during and after your menstruation. If you’re not sure if your cycle is going well or your symptoms are normal, notifications can be useful. But never forget to call your doctor when you have doubts. An app isn’t a doctor. Also remember: even if you fill in all the data very precisely and regularly, an app can never guarantee you completely whether or not you’re fertile.