Every woman knows and dreads that lovely time of the month when her cycle comes and wreaks havoc on her life for at least a week. Your cycle might be timely, or it might pop in for a visit whenever it feels like it; either way, we could all use a little help in predicting the day it might make an appearance. Maybe we might even need a little help remembering to take our birth control.
Here are three apps designed to help you become better acquainted with your body and monthly cycle:
Eve is an app that has recently been redesigned with a more user-friendly interface that helps you track your period, sexual activity, moods, and symptoms. The app will even help you predict your next cycle by identifying patterns and trends unique to your body. Eve, by Glow, aims to make you feel empowered and more comfortable about getting to know your body.
According to its website, “Glow is an ambitious enterprise that uniquely applies the power of data science to health. Our personal health tracking products illuminate health through data, and empower people with new information about their bodies. Though we live in a time when people track everything from diet and weight to the number of steps taken each day, it remains taboo to talk openly about some of the most critical phases of development: menstruation, sex, fertility, pregnancy, parenthood, and beyond.”
It continues, “Glow tackles these topics head-on, harnessing our powerful ability to crunch vast amounts of data to investigate the science behind these life stages. In doing so, we aim to shape discoveries and dialogue around the most innate aspects of our biology and embolden people everywhere to take control of their health.”
Clue is an app that works similarly to Eve in that it also helps you get an accurate prediction for when your next menstrual cycle might come along. The app also includes options to help you keep track of your sexual activity, pain, moods, skin problems, and fertility. Not only do these options help you get to know your body better, but they also help you find out more about the symptoms you experience while menstruating. The app will even set up a reminder in order to make sure you are prepared for your cycle.
According to the app’s description, “Clue is a period tracker and ovulation app that uses science to help you discover the unique patterns in your menstrual cycle. Use Clue to remind you about your period, PMS, ovulation and fertility. Clue is rated as the top free period tracker app by the journal Obstetrics & Gynecology, a publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG).”
MyPill might not help you learn more about your cycle; however, it will help you remember to take your birth control by setting off a loud but clear alarm. The app will also help you record your period history, fill your prescription, plan your next checkup, and plan for vacations.
According to the app’s website, “It reminds you to use your contraception at the desired time every day, stopping reminders automatically on the seven days of period and rescheduling automatically when the next pack starts. It shows you high-resolution realistic pills pack graphics, also provides a monthly view of your pills. You can use it to plan your schedule a half year forward by swiping your finger over a pack to see the next pack dates – this way you can easily tell when your period starts and plan trips and events accordingly.”
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