3 Must-Have Period Tracker Apps
Posted byMartha Garcia
Period tracker? You may scoff at the idea. Who needs an app for that? The answer: you! Many women don’t record the start and end of their periods, leaving them unprepared when their next one hits.
Your mom’s old-fashioned method may have included counting 28 days from her last period and circling the date on a wall calendar in bright red ink. We don’t live in our mothers’ world anymore, so why not approach periods with technology? Apps may more accurately predict your next period or your next 12 periods. They can also calculate the date for irregular, non-28-day cycles.
No more being caught without a spare tampon. Technology helps keep you prepared, plus you can track symptoms and moods to help identify PMS patterns or problems your doc should be aware of. Check out these three super smart apps to download on your phone today.
1. Clue (free, iOS, Android)
A great and sleek period app is Clue. Clue isn’t decorated with pink flowers and butterflies. The app has a clean and simple red design icon and is discreetly labeled Clue.
According to the developers, it uses “science and data to provide insights into female health.” It uses an algorithm to track and project a woman’s cycle, becoming more accurate each month you input data.1 Clue tracks the start and end of menstruation, offers reminders, tracks flow, emotions, discomfort, cervical fluids, birth control, and can help plan a pregnancy. It reminds users of their projected cycles and fertility windows, giving women the best time to avoid pregnancy or get pregnant, based on their goals.
Interestingly, the app also has a connectivity feature, allowing women to share the data with friends, family and partners. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant or simply want a heads up for symptoms and PMS, sharing data informs those around you.
2. Flo Period Tracker (free, iOS, Android)
Flo is another app with a simple appearance, using a feather as its app icon, but Flo Period Tracker is anything but simple. This app is advanced in its calculations of future menstrual cycles. It may help identify irregular cycles, too.
Its name is a nod to personification of menstruation: Aunt Flo. The app tracks moods, symptoms, basal temperature for conceiving, and logs sleep and water consumption. It also analyzes your menstrual and ovulation history, revealing patterns in intuitive graphs
The app can be password protected to keep your most intimate data secret and is compatible with Apple Touch ID.
3. Period Tracker Lite (free, iOS, Android)
Looking for a simple, no-frills app that gets the job done? Then Period Tracker Lite is what you want. Not only does it predict future periods, it does so even for women who have irregular periods. It calculates periods based on the average length of the last three cycles, instead of using a typical 28-day menstrual cycle.
Like others, it monitors fertility and records moods and symptoms, like breast tenderness, weight, temperature, spotting and cramps. It displays much of the period data in easy-to-understand charts and everything can be exported or emailed to your doctor.
This app leaves the guesswork out of periods and conception. It has a simple home screen indicating your cycle day and eight-day fertility window. The calendar view is color-coded and icons indicate whether the day is a period, ovulation or fertile day.
1 BioWin GmbH, “Clue Period Tracker: Period & Ovulation Tracker,” iTunes. https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/clue-period-ovulation-tracker/id657189652.
- Posted by Martha Garcia
- On September 6, 2017