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Period Tracking: Best Apps to Track Your Menstrual Cycle

There are many period tracking apps available. The type a person chooses will depend on multiple factors, including the type of smart device they own and the reason they want to use the app.

While you don’t necessarily need an app to track your period, technology today has made it super easy for you to know when to expect your next period than doing it by hand.

Period tracking apps are also very helpful when it comes to keeping tabs on symptoms of medical conditions like polycystic ovarian syndrome, detecting cycle irregularities, providing general health advice, or just being able to tell your doctor the first day of your last period when asked.  

Another feature of these apps is being able to predict when you are the most fertile for conceiving plus if you might be pregnant and how far along you are.

While some period tracking apps are free, others may require a one-off payment or ongoing subscription.

I would recommend users entering puberty and those with irregular cycles to utilize these apps. However, you should never use them as a form of birth control since accurately predicting your next cycle start date is far from an exact science. 

If you are interested in using a period tracker app, here are the best period tracking apps:

Flo

Flo is the most comprehensive and like most of the apps that we shall mention on this list, it is free and available on both Android and iOS. It helps users record ovulation and period symptoms, turning their data into super useful graphs that show exactly what your body is doing and when.

Flo also turns into a pregnancy tracker if and when you ever need it to.

Eve by Glow

Eve by Glow is free but should you choose to go premium, you can get premium content, comparative insights, a custom profile, premium support, and private messaging options. Eve by Glow is the best for tracking sexual activity. The app focuses primarily on period tracking, in addition to letting you keep tabs on your sex life and gym habits. It has a clean and attractive interface, which features colorful, eye-catching graphics and icons.

Clue

Clue is one of the best inclusivity apps —and it is marketed as an app that is able to teach you about your body. It is free, but if you are interested in learning even more about how your body works, there’s a premium version dubbed, Clue Plus that offers enhanced period predictions and further analysis of your cycle.

Period Tracker Lite

The Period Tracker Lite app is known as one of the best apps for symptom tracking and it allows you to press a button at the start of each period. It will record this data and use the average of three (3) months’ data to calculate a person’s next period. The app also displays period dates, fertility days, and ovulation in a month-view calendar.

My Calendar

My Calendar is a period tracking app with various customizable features, including tracker start date, reminder style, units of measurement, and a color scheme. Users can password-protect their accounts and choose discreet period reminders.

Glow

Glow is a tried-and-true period app that allows you to track 40 different health signals including but not limited to sexual activity and body basal temperature, all through its easy daily log. It is one of the best fertility tracking apps out there.

Not only can it help you avoid or attempt pregnancy, but it can also help those who are undergoing fertility treatments through their online communities and accessible resources, according to Alyssa Dweck, MD, an ob-gyn in Westchester County, New York.

This app is free, but just like its Eve version, you will need to upgrade to unlock access to premium content, comparative insights, a custom profile, premium support, and private messaging options.

MagicGirl

MagicGirl is free and available on both Android and iOS and is designed with teens in mind, so it makes learning the digital ins and outs of your cycle very easy. The app helps you learn about hygiene product options, chat with other girls and get period advice, and remember to take your birth control pill.

Period Plus

Period Plus helps users predict when their next period will begin. The app helps you to plan ahead by sending reminders for the next period and fertility window. It also features daily affirmations and a video game.

Cycles

The Cycles app allows users to invite their partners to share data. This helps couples to plan pregnancy and sexual activity together. The app provides pill reminders, body and mood tracking plus period and ovulation tracking.

In conclusion
Period tracking apps are a useful tool for monitoring a person’s menstrual cycle and helping them to predict periods and fertility windows. There are many period tracking apps available. The type a person chooses will depend on multiple factors, including the type of smart device they own and the reason they want to use the app.

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Winnie Nantongo

Winnie is a tech reporter passionate about business in tech & media.
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