Updated: May 13
In this article, you will understand the benefits of using a period tracker and the best period tracker apps available on the market in 2021.
Using a period tracker or menstrual cycle tracker involves describing noting down and reviewing information about your:
Period (the time when you experience a vaginal bleed) and associated events or symptoms.
Menstrual cycle (which includes your period plus the days after your period between your next bleed. The period signals the start of your menstrual cycle) and associated events or symptoms.
Period tracking can be done using a menstrual cycle planner, by writing on pieces of paper, using a journal, a spreadsheet or mobile app; whatever suits you best.
Your Trusted Squad focuses on using Tech for Health, I will be focusing on Mobile apps in this article.
The main take-home message is that Period Tracking helps you understand your menstrual and reproductive health which is empowering. Period tracking alone isn’t quite enough; you will also require general knowledge about how the reproductive system works, the common issues and problems to look out for and how to manage them.
This article is intended for you if you menstruate or if you know people who menstruate.
Yes, it’s another article which everyone should read. Why is that?
For starters, periods almost affect everyone!
Periods affect you
· If you have them (of course!)
· If you have a partner who has periods.
· If you have a child who has periods.
· If you live with someone who has periods.
Your child may be experiencing pain during menstruation or be confused as to what's happening with their body, your partner may have a heavy flow and want to avoid sex when they are bleeding, your lovely friend may have bled on the dining chair in your home (yes, these things happen).
Considering how many people have them, which is a considerable percentage of the population, it’s sad that people feel uncomfortable talking openly about them.
If you do not have periods, please share this article with someone you know who does.
Over the last 15 years I have seen patients in sexual health clinics, family planning clinics, antenatal and postnatal, gynaecology clinics and wards and in General Practice. So many of the patients I’ve seen have been unaware of how their bodies work.
These people may include your friends, your children, your colleagues and many do not openly discuss any problems they may be experiencing.
So, please help them by encouraging them to use tools that can help them become better informed so they can understand their bodies better, use self-care appropriately and seek help when they need it.
Benefits of period tracking
Period and Menstrual cycle tracking can be used to:
1. Better understand your period, menstrual cycle and associated symptoms. Additionally, entering information into a menstrual calendar can help estimate when your next period is due.
2. To gain information on the reproductive aspects of your cycle. Period tracking can provide an estimate of the most ‘fertile’ time during your cycle. This estimated fertile time covers the number of days that you are most likely to ovulate and therefore have the higher chances of conception if you have sexual intercourse during this time.