Gone are the days of drawing little red smiley faces in your planner on the dates your friend Flo was in town. Tech has given tracking your menstrual cycle and many other aspects of women’s health an upgrade.
Just want to track your period and how it makes you feel? There are tons of options to sort through, from clinical-leaning Clue to Period Tracker Lite, which appears to have been designed by a 14-year-old girl who loves flowers and butterflies. There are also many that focus on fertility, and super-specific apps like MyPill, which is just for birth control reminders, or the unfortunately-named Tampon Minder, which sends you alerts to change your tampon (for real?).
It can be a little overwhelming (as if your female body wasn’t complicated enough!). To help, I sorted through and tested some feminine health apps and found these three that stand above the rest, for three slightly different purposes:
For Hormone Balancing and Overall Health: MyFlo
Created by hormonal health expert Alisa Vitti, MyFlo applies a functional medicine perspective to tracking your cycle. You track your periods, sex life, and symptoms, and the app notices patterns and recommends food and lifestyle changes to balance our hormones. It even tells you when, based on your cycle, your body may be craving yoga over a crazy hard HIIT class, for example, or when raw food might feel better than cooked. “Getting in sync with your cycle doesn’t just make you healthier. It also lets you live at your most optimal level, so you can get more done and have more energy to do it,” Vitti says.
For Pregnancy Prevention: Spot On
Not ready for motherhood? You can trust Spot On because it was developed by the most trusted experts in the field: Planned Parenthood. It’s the only tracker that integrates period tracking with whatever form of birth control you might be using—the pill, and IUD, the shot, etc.—in a really smart way. You can also track your moods and activities alongside your cycle. Bonus: Unlike many of the plastered-in-pink apps out there, it makes no assumptions about gender identity, sexual orientation, or reproductive goals.
For getting pregnant: Kindara
If you’re on the other side and are all about making a baby, charting fertility is a strategy many women use, and Kindara is the most sophisticated app that helps you master it. Using Kindara, you go deep into tracking your periods but also your cervical fluid and basal body temperature (BBT), which are both intimately tied to when in your cycle you’re most fertile. They even make a smart thermometer called Wink that auto-syncs to the app via Bluetooth, which you can use to make the BBT part super easy. Kindara does a good job at sharing science, too, on why you’re doing the things you’re doing (you know, in case you need some encouragement in order to feel excited about examining your cervical fluid on a regular basis).
Have you tried any feminine health apps? Which have worked (or not worked) for you? Share with me in the comments below!