Historically, menstrual periods had been a taboo. It’s something that if most women had a chance to choose, they’d rather be without. Cramps, bloated stomach, mood swings, constipation, diarrhea, tender breasts, headache, nausea, backache, fatigue, loss of appetite or the opposite; cravings, insomnia,swelling, abdominal pain, perineum pain, hell yeah, acne! Having to deal with these symptoms is already hard enough, now add having to track your period, just so you are better prepared for the next, understand your cycle, or so you don’t at least miss it when you should not, that’s quite a job. Thankfully, technology has come to make things a lot easier and better, so you spend less time tracking your period, and more time caring for yourself. We handpicked some of the best apps that we know out there for you. Without any particular order, below are apps to help you track your period. No, it’s fine, you can thank us later:)
- Flo: Yes, we said without any particular order, but this, this takes our number 1 spot, and our 5* rating. This app is what many women would describe as a “Godsent”. Bagging a whooping 4.7 star rating (from 1 million reviews) on the Google Play Store (which we by the way don’t think does justice to this app), with over 50 million downloads, Flo not only helps you track your period, but also your fertility window (pregnancy calculator), irregular menstrual cycle, lifestyle and fitness (comes with a bunch of exercises to help you through the period), health assistant; preparing personalised graphs and helping you understand your cycle better. So the app basically tells you when to stay calm and not freak out when your period hasn’t come yet. So say for instance, you’re 3 days late, the app tells you it’s fine to be 3 days late, there’s no need to panic. At least just not yet:), reminders; to help you get notified on your period, ovulation days, fertility window, also to log your fitness information; steps, sleep time, water intake, weight, when to take your medications or contraceptives. That’s not all, to top it up, there’s the “Secret Chats” feature where you can join the Flo community and share your story/experience or just read other women’s, discuss intimate topics, ask questions anonymously, and get support from other women worldwide. Sounds a lot like a “Women-helping-women” type thing. How can you rate this app less?
- My Calendar: Not the best UI, but has some really cool features. If we’re to go by rating, this one takes it all; 100 million+ downloads, 4.9* rating. This one helps with period and fertility/fertility symptoms tracking, birth control, symptoms and mood tracking, pill and period reminder. It also backs up your data in the cloud so that in a case of device theft, damage or malfunction, you can still easily access your data and charts. The app also comes with an app lock security feature, allowing you to protect your data from unwanted eyes.
- Clue: One of the first things to note about the Clue tracker is its rather simple, easy to use UI. with a 4.7* rating, and well over 10 million downloads, this app lets you;
- Customise your tracking
- Set period and pill reminders
- Observe health trends over time
- Week-by-week pregnancy tracker
- Find patterns in your cycle
- Period, PMS and fertility predictions
- Update/expand your health education
- Grace Health – Fertility & Period Tracker: With a 4.7 star rating from 714 reviews, one of the first things to notice about Grace is the user interface which is quite different. Grace is structured in a chat format, so you’ll be asked a couple of questions by Grace and you provide answers to them, then she analyses your responses and gives you feedback. Some people can find this stressful and rather unconventional, but if you enjoy having conversations with strangers, then you’d like this. Haha. Grace is actually a good app, helping you track your period, fertility and symptoms, and other health information so you always know how you’re doing. Also, she predicts your next period, optimised to be low on data, and provides answers to questions around menstruation, fertility, PMS, bodily hygiene, collection methods and usages, sex and sexuality, breast cancer, cervical cancer, home screenings, etc.
Finally, for Samsung users, the Samsung Health is a good place to start as this feature is one of the many features of the application. To enable this, log in to the application, scroll to the bottom where you will see the “Manage items” option. Click on it, then click on “Women’s health”, click on the “+” sign by it and log your period.