Warning: This one is very much for the ladies. Unless you’re the special kind of guy with a pronounced enthusiasm for tracking your girlfriend/wife’s menstrual cycles, you may want to skip this one.
Okay, ladies, now that we’re alone, let’s just get it out there. Periods suck, and keeping an accurate account of them is a pain. The doctor always asks “When was the last time you had your period?”, and if you’re anything like me, the answer is usually a rough guess, at best. Sound familiar? Thankfully, female-oriented apps like iPeriod are here to help, and they do a much better job of it than occasionally scrawling a red circle on the calendar.
iPeriod is effectively a diary for your uterus, and it makes it very easy to keep track of your period. All you have to do is remember to make your entries and you’ll be able to easily see, track, and even predict your periods and fertile windows. Of course, every cycle can be a little different, so nothing should be taken as set in stone, but it’s handy for getting rough estimates about when you might not want to book that beach vacation.
Once you’ve inputted the start dates for at least 2 periods, iPeriod can use that information to roughly plot out your cycles for the next 12 months. You can adjust the averages to better fit you, and naturally, you can and should adjust the data as you go along, but you can also use the easy to use calendar to track information regarding various symptoms and moods and get a better picture of how those monthly hormones affect migraines, weight gain, chocolate cravings, anxiety, or what have you. And most everything displays on the calendar as neat, discreet icons, so don’t worry about giant screens of flashing tampons or the like.
There are even fields for tracking basal body temperature, cervical fluid, pregnancy tests, etc., all very useful features for women especially interested in tracking their fertility. iPeriod will predict your fertile windows and ovulation based on averages, but it should not be used for birth control. You can, however, use it to keep track of times you’ve been intimate and have it alert you to when you are late.
Additional features include various skins to prettify the app, privacy settings, in case you’re worried about peekers, and more graphs than you can shake a stick at. The interface itself is simple and easy to use, but with so many extra features tucked away, using iPeriod is as easy or as complicated as you want it be.
I’ll admit, I didn’t think I’d really ever need a period tracking app, but now that I’ve tried iPeriod, I don’t see why every iPhone-carrying woman doesn’t have one.
Here is a video demo of the iPeriod Ultimate app on the iPhone
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