Gentlemen, unless you have a strong interest in apps relating to women’s health, I suggest you give this one a pass.
Ladies, I know I don’t need to tell you that keeping tabs on one’s period can be a hassle, but it’s important for a variety of medical reasons, especially if you’re trying (or not trying) to get pregnant. Although no period calendar should be used as a means of birth control, keeping an accurate account of your cycles is a terrific tool for better understanding your body and yourself during those more hormonal times of the month.
Like iPeriod, Period Tracker Deluxe provides you with a handy and discreet way of regularly recording important information about your girly bits. At its most basic, it’s a convenient way to enter to keep a calendar record of your periods, but it can be a much more powerful tool than that, and for the more shy out there, you’ll be happy to know there are plenty of privacy settings to keep anyone from prying into your affairs.
You can also use it to keep track of useful details such as various symptoms you experience, like nausea or tenderness, or even moods. This can be especially helpful for things like tracking migraine patterns or even determining when something is out of the ordinary. And once you’ve entered in at least two period start dates, Period Tracker can use the average data collected to predict your next 12 periods, to avoid unfortunate scheduling incidents or just giving you an easy to see heads up.
Although it shouldn’t be relied on as birth control, Period Tracker also displays your projected fertile windows and ovulation, and provides fields for tracking basal body temperature and when you’ve been intimate. Suffice to say, it will also give you a handy notice if it thinks you’re late.
In terms of functionality, Period Tracker Deluxe and iPeriod Ultimate are effectively the same, so it really boils down to personal preference (and there are free versions to try for both), but I found Period Tracker Deluxe to be a bit “friendlier” in tone and simpler to use, while iPeriod is more no-nonsense and slightly more comprehensive.
You might not have thought about using the iPhone to keep track of your cycles, but women’s health is serious stuff, which makes dedicated calendars like Period Tracker an extremely useful tool for women and girls everywhere to have on hand.
Here is a video demo of the Period Tracker Deluxe app on the iPhone
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