Yes, you got me right: For a modern Goddess living in the urban Babylon jungle, a period tracker for connecting with the magical powers of your menstrual cycle could be very useful. We understand the nitty gritty of our smartphone calendar and the circadian rhythms of our Farmville crops, so why not understand our menstrual cycle with all its ups and downs and special moments? I am a big fan of quantified fertility tools, and that’s why I want to encourage you to check them out. Besides, a woman will spend approximately 3,500 days of her life menstruating. Let’s spend those days in awareness!
Why Would a Period Tracker Improve Your Life?
- You might be at the point in your life where you want to have a baby and for that you need to know when ovulation is due.
- You might also want to be prepared and decide to cancel romantic dates you might have scheduled on days where you prefer a warm water bottle.
- To prepare our partner and close friends for some intense emotional menstrual days in case we show the fierce side of our feminine beast! ;)
- It can be used to get babies but also to avoid them (handle with care! read more below!).
- It helps you understand what’s going on inside your body.
Using quantified fertility tools for contraception is considered unreliable compared to condoms and pills. Nevertheless it can work very well. A study conducted by Georgetown University in 2002 found the “standard days” method is over 95 per cent effective at preventing pregnancy when used correctly. The university has since developed the method into trademarked tool CycleBeads and digital app version iCycleBeads.
Besides, don’t you want to be an aware, conscious woman, knowing what’s going on with your body, your mind and your soul? I certainly do. OK, a period tracker won’t solve all you awareness troubles, but at least it brings awareness to one part of our lives – the period. Period.
Wanna Know the Magical Powers of Our Menstrual Cycle?
I promised you magical powers. Here they come. You already have the following superpowers, and with a period tracker app for your smartphone you can become more aware of them.
I want to know when my ovulation is due, in case I want to consciously conceive and also to be aware of this magical moment.
Did you know that during ovulation women are superheroines! I am not exaggerating. We are more intelligent, more beautiful and we even smell better. Our lips, breasts, eyes and soft tissues become slightly bigger and more symmetrical to make us look physically more attractive. And that’s all done by nature – isn’t that awesome? Read here more about why ovulation is pretty much magical.
You have probably always wondered when the first day of your period would be. Having this knowledge has truly changed my life, because I can make up my timetable around those days and also know exactly when I should just give myself my monthly period vacation.
In the Tantric tradition menstruation meant the time for spiritual practice and the coming together with other women. Some say that women are more sensitive to subtle energies and that meditation can go very deep during our menstruation. Ladies, let’s start red tent groups!
Cycle Length Magic
Isn’t it interesting that many women have their menstruation either around the full moon or new moon? Menstruation in some ancient cultures is also called “moontime”. There is a great connectedness to the natural cycles in nature and we are all synced in. I think that’s quite magical.
When using a period tracker app you might notice that you’re sometimes more in tune with the natural cycles, and sometimes a bit off. It’s exciting trying to find out what’s causing this.
Super Health Data
Tracking our menstruation with a period tracker might enlighten us with interesting insights into our health and hormonal balance. Data can be collected which might lead to discovering certain diseases we were not aware of. When was the last time your boobs were sore and swollen? How strongly do you experience PMS? What color is your menstrual blood, light red or dark red? Do you have leukorrhea? Are you emotional before, during or after your menstruation?
All in All
I am sure now you understand why it’s so important to know the magical powers within our cycle. I did some research for you and found 6 great period tracker apps which have all the features you need to become aware of your cycles.
6 Best Period Trackers Apps for Your iPhone or Android
1. Clue (Free)
Design meets female health. Clue is a menstrual app for everyone who likes simplicity and beautiful design. The makers made sure to combine all most important features you need to have it all under control. From inserting different data into the calendar to knowing when your ovulation and menstruation are due. You can even enter your own tags, for any kind of extra information you want to track. I have used it for almost a year and a half and every time I open it I really like its simplicity and tranquility.
Plus they are really proud for not using any pink color (ever), which is indeed standing out :)
2. Cycles (Free)
A friend of mine recommended I check out this app. Similar to Clue it’s one of the more elegant and minimalistic apps with no flowers or pink hearts.
The great thing about this one is that you can share your data with your boyfriend (requires an In-App Purchase). To keep him informed and integrate him into menstrual awareness. And you can involve him more intimately into your pregnancy plans. This can be life changing for some relationships. The app is designed for iPhone & iPad but is unfortunately not available for Android.
You have some discreet reminders built in and optional passcode lock for keeping everything secure.
Side note: What is a little unusual is the long fertile phase after ovulation that the app is displaying. Typically it lasts around 1-2 days after the ovulation, while Cycles displays ware more days as “fertile” days.
3. Monthly Cycles – Period Tracker (Free)
Monthly Cycles, or M. Cycles as it’s called discretely on the home screen, went through a major overhaul since I last reviewed it. It adapted the round cycle overview design of “Clue” and “Cycles”, which I like a lot. But this simple yet effective overview is just an entry gate for more detailed information. It comes with an extra feature for measuring your basal temperature and weight, and is able to draw a chart from all the collected weight and temperature data, which is especially helpful for women who want to conceive. While other apps only collect the data, they won’t show you the chart in the free version. Monthly cycle does. And it really looks classy.
A very good update for Monthly Cycles, that’s why it climbs up to #3 of the charts.
4. Kindara (Free)
Kindara is for you if you are the charting kind of girl. Right now it’s the best app I know for basal body temperature charts (please let me know if you know a better one). But of course this app also has a normal ovulation calculator build in. Basal body temperature charting is highly accurate and tells you every single day whether you are fertile or not, but it requires a certain discipline and practice. The app itself also has lots of other features regarding cervical control, texture, position and openness. All can be tracked. The cool thing about Kindara is that there is community support if you have any questions that come up in the charting process.
5. Period Tracker Lite (Free)
I have used this app in the past. It’s free to download. If you are looking for an accurate and simple app with cute girly design, try this one – I am sure you will be happy with it.
It tells you how many days you have left until your period starts. Lots of apps predict your period’s monthly due date. But Period Tracker doesn’t base its projections on the standard, 28-day calendar—since so few women’s bodies actually adhere to it. Instead, after 3 months it calculates the average length of your last three cycles, so it can more accurately predict the date your flow is going to show up. In the calendar you have an overview of your last period, your fertile days and your Ovulation. Moods, PMS symptoms, temperature and weight and when you’re intimate can be tracked all together. I used the moods and PMS symptoms, only when it was very obvious. I liked the Notes, because I could write down some personal data which was important to me. For example whether I was bleeding during full moon, the color of my blood and other relevant health issues. I don’t know what I would have done without it!
If you’re a girlie girl, you are going to love the cute, feminine design of this app. Available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android. There’s also a paid version of the app, which has a few extra features. But the free version works just great.
6. Pink Pad Period Tracker (Free)
This app is made by the makers of Babybump, a free comprehensive pregnancy app. It has everything in one, it is available for iPhone, iPod touch, iPad and Android. And guess what? -for free of course. It comes in a girly colored skin, where you upload your picture. All features needed to track your fertile days, ovulation, moods, PMS symptoms, weight and basal temperature are included, but without the chart function in the free version. It links you to a Women’s Group Network, which answers many questions around women’s topics. Plus it’s the first period tracker which can sync your predicted period and fertile days to your native calendar on your iPhone device. You can customize an alert notification to be prepared even when the app isn’t running.
Don’t have a Smartphone?
In this case you can simply do it the good old-fashioned way. Get a calendar from your gynecologist and track it by hand. You will need to do the maths yourself. If you are too lazy you can use one of these free online menstrual cycle calendars:
- http://ladytimer.com/ (They offer a free text message reminder on your mobile device.)
 Grahn, Judy. 1993. Blood, Bread, and Roses: How Menstruation Created the World  Reducing Unintended Pregnancy in the United States: http://www.arhp.org/Publications-and-Resources/Contraception-Journal/January-2008
 Efficacy of a new method of family planning: the Standard Days Method: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/12057784