Welcome to (H)Appy Parenting with Zoe, where I will be sharing awesome Apps that will make parents and parents-to-be (H)Appy (see what I did there?)! I am the aforementioned Zoe – gamer, geek and new mom to baby girl Harley, who is 2 and a half months old. When I am not on maternity leave, I immerse myself in all things geeky in my job with a popular gaming and technology website and on my personal blog. And now I will be sharing apps that have made an impression on me, with you, here!
February is Reproductive Health Month, so (H)Appy Parenting is reviewing the Clue app that can help track your fertility cycle, amongst other things. From puberty until menopause, menstruation is an important part of a woman’s life. Whether you’re desperately hoping for your period to come and prove you’re not knocked up, or praying to miss it so that you can know a life is growing inside you, tracking periods can be key. However, none of the pre-loaded health apps on iOS or Android allow women to track their monthly cycles. Thankfully, there’s a wonderful app for that.
What is it?
Clue is a tracking app for women’s health. It allows users to enter a range of data, from period flow to PMS to sex drive, and uses it to predict likely ovulation times as well as future cycles. The more you use it, the more accurate it becomes, informing users when to expect their periods to start, when to expect to be moody and even when to get frisky if hoping to fall pregnant.
How does it work?
Users are prompted to fill in relevant data after downloading. From contraception (yes, it can still be useful if you’re on the pill) to last period dates, the app hopes to help by already getting you started on understanding your cycle. The main page, Cycle, shows a circle with the information you’ve tracked so far as well as a prediction of when you’ll ovulate (if applicable), get PMS and start your period. If you head over to Calendar, you can find this information plotted against upcoming dates – I found this extremely helpful when trying to figure out weekends away based on upcoming menstruation, as well as knowing the exact date of my last period when I did fall pregnant.
However, the app also allows users to go deeper. You can view your history of past cycles which helps the app determine your averages, but it’s the options under “more” that make the app even, um, more worthwhile. Users can customize the app to track a variety of factors. By default this includes bleeding, pain, emotions, energy, sleep, sex and pill. However, if you so wish, you can even add exercise, meditation, weight, craving, motivation and many others.
As explained under the section “Cycle Science”, there are many factors that can affect the way your experience your cycle – meditation might help to reduce pain and discomfort, and cravings might be a part of your cycle pattern or a response to other stressors. While the app protects its developers by saying that none of the information is meant to be taken as medical advice, it can be incredibly useful and even shared with your doctor to give insight into how your body changes throughout the month.
– Gives “clues” about monthly cycle
– Easily customized
– Easy to use
– Smart Watch integration
– Based on averages
– Only as accurate as information inputted
– Can only track one woman’s cycle, not suitable if hoping to track other members of your family
Where can I find it?
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