My Samsung Galaxy IIs died about a week ago. I wasn’t that upset about losing some of my contacts but I was upset about losing my period tracking app. I had no idea when I was going to start again.
I was using a free app that only allowed you to store three months at a time. It was great to help me remember when I would start next but with only three months of data for free it didn’t help me show my doctor trends – like my cycles getting shorter or spotting that wasn’t mid-cycle, which can be bad.
At one point I transferred some of the older data to a paper calendar, which I promptly lost. And it doesn’t work as well on just your Google calendar because you have to hunt for it. The apps are usually color coded and make it easy to see when you’re ovulating or when your period should start.
So I’m on a new phone with a different operating system – iPhone so I can Face Time with Michael in Russia – and have a new app called Period Log. (Tells you exactly what it is.)
This one let’s you track, gives you your ovulation days, track flow, mood, symptoms, spotting and then other notes. I’m not sure how many months the free version lets you store so I may have the same issue.
I am sure women who are trying to get pregnant find the apps very convenient – as long as it will hold more than a few months data. I used to have paper charts to enter temperatures, fluid and cervical information.
I want my almost 13-year-old to load a tracker app onto her iPod. Her cycle is a little wacky, and I never know when she is going to start until she’s yelling at me.
Are you using one of these apps to track your cycle or to help you get pregnant? How did it work for the pregnancy? What about tracking the start of menopause if your cycle is wacky? Or if you’re a teen and your cycle is wacky? Would you pay for one of these apps or would you only use it if it were free?