Its a little embarrassing as to how little I knew about the existence of Period Apps. 🙈 I stumbled upon these by accident and boy was I surprised! I have been brought up in a community where even mentioning anything about menstruation in public is still pretty taboo <cue to Sanitary Napkin ads and the infamous “blue” fluids>. 🤦♀️
A research conducted in India last year found that 3.5 million girls/women skip school or work during their period and that is indeed alarming data! 😳 As a single woman (or if you’re in a relationship), you may not need apps to track fertility cycles – So why do we need it? Here’s your answer.
As someone who has been diagnosed with PCOS, irregular cycles is nothing new. 🤷 Having lived with it all these years made me ignorant towards the delay or sometimes even the high tides in my moods – as often observed by my peers. Period apps not only help you track your periods but also help you realize irregularities in your system such as weight gain, unknown bloating, sudden cramps, loss of appetite, etc. which might be warning signals for another issue. 😮
Have you wondered why you feel moody or low on some days – you may be ovulating. Having that extra sugar/salt craving – you may be close to your period. Can’t remember when you last got your period – your app may be able to help you there 📱
Here’s a fact! While there has been a widespread discussion about Data leaks, ELLE! mentions that the CLUE apps actually use the data for good! 😀 They share these data anonymously with research centers that work on studies in Menstrual Health across the globe because otherwise, they wouldn’t get people to share such personal data due to the existing silence around the topic, even in 2018. It’s kind of amazing that the data is being put to good use, with your permission of course!
Here are some free apps (may have in-app purchases), that have gained popularity over the years:
This one is quite the best of the lot! It makes your life a lot easier and I have been loving it since I’ve gotten my hands on it. It’s THAT convenient! 😍
You need to be honest and share even the minutest of details in regard to your health with this app. You can share details like what meds you are on, how heavy your bleeding was, how bloated you feel, etc. This app can actually help you get through the most uncomfortable week of the month much easier. 🙌
This app also comes with an inbuilt tracker for your Ovulation Cycle – helps to log your birth control, or plan for pregnancy. It helps to understand what causes irregular bleeding and if it requires attention. 🏥
Experts around the globe can’t stop raving about this app. Dot is like your personal gynac and knows your moods better than your bestie. 🤣 and yes, this app also has an excellent ovulation tracker – a blessing in case if you’re planning to have a baby soon! It also tracks down any irregularities in your cycle and gives you the red flag – which is when you need to be more alert and seek help. 🚩
Also known as an all-round health assistant for women, Maya is an app developed by Plackal Tech. It tracks menstrual health and has over 3M downloads on the App Store. It helps users track their mood and irregularities such as weight gain, bloating, swelling, etc. 🤒
There is also an option to sync the app with your calendar, just so that you don’t plan your beach holiday during your period (a major bummer, I know! 😭). Maya also recommends products and services related to women’s health and hygiene in partnership with personal care companies around the globe. It is also offered in several Indian languages as well.
The Ovulation Tracker also acts as your personal assistant with its Pill Reminder feature: a nudge so that you remember to take your hormone/contraceptive pills. 😄
4. Magic Girl
If you are someone in your early or late teens and words like ovulation and pregnancy freak you out, fret not. Here’s an app made exclusively for teenagers with anime-like characters. 🤩 If you know someone who has just gotten her first period and is absolutely petrified – you might wanna suggest this to them because I definitely wish this existed back in the day. There is also an FAQ and Chat feature that helps you speak to someone about your doubts and trust me, nothing is more reassuring for a young teen! 🤗
Note – Magic Girl App is exclusively designed for teenagers, so the ovulation tracker is an optional feature.
5. Period Calendar by Always
Always is a household name when it comes to sanitary napkins. They have also come up with an app to track your period. There is a feature that helps you choose what kind of Always product you should be using depending on your flow! Say no to those leaks! 🙅
Period Calendar by Always is available on Android.
Written and Researched by Sweta Swaminathan