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Period Tracker. It's free. I've been using it for two years and it knows exactly when my cycle's going to start, I can log moods throughout the month, when/if I was intimate, and all kinds of metrics, and now I'm no longer losing my mind when I get weepy during that time. I know exactly what's up and that it'll be over soon. It's made my life so much easier, man.
*edit. Added in the direct link, there's so many of them out there.
I started using a period app 2 years ago and it notifies me when I'm getting close, so I'm way more aware of why my mood suddenly swings. Despite being irregular, the app has been very helpful.
Edit: It's this one if anyone is wondering. The free version has unobtrusive ads and covers what the average women needs. The paid version goes into more depth for people trying to conceive or tracking specific health conditions.
I tried using something like this and it was helpful. However, it required more information than I was capable of providing while I was having the migraine, and I often forgot to enter the migraine if I waited till after the episode.
So for those of you who want something with a few less bells and whistles, I use my period tracker (P Tracker) as a migraine tracker as well. In addition to telling it when you start and stop your period, you can also tell it when you have symptoms, headache being one of maybe 10 to choose from. Now you only get to choose from low, medium and high as far as intensity but there is a section for notes where you can put down more specifics. I like it because I can very quickly note that I'm having a migraine and then go back and write more about it later if I want to. Of course there are no metrics and you can't export things to your doctor, but since my migraines are strongly linked to my periods I find it nice to have everything in one place.
Edit: Period Tracker Android and Period Tracker iPhone
I just went through a scare and subsequent plan b taking and my friend suggested "Period Tracker" an app which tracks your period. It tells you which days you are most fertile. It really helped calm my mind because I realized one of the "incidents" happened on a day I was not fertile and for the first one I took plan b [I know I know not the greatest safe sex haver around here]. PS. not pregnant. very happy.
Edit: This is the one: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.period.tracker.lite&hl=en
Before I just switched to marking it on Google calendar, I liked Period Tracker. Simple, easy on the eyes. I see it has a 4.6 rating on Play, good for them.
Here's the link,since so many are also just called "Period Tracker."
The tracking app helped me so much! I can't change my symptoms, but I can prepare for them now that it's easy to see when they occur.
I use Period Tracker.
I use an app called Period Tracker. It's a little cutesy looking, but I've been using it for a few years now and it's usually right within a day or two as to when my period will start.
I prefer PeriodTracker, myself. It's a fucking awesome little app and it's very discrete. Does all of the things yours does, too!
Plus you can set regular backups so if you lose your phone or it dies, you can just sync it with your next phone and have all that data there for you. yay!
Well, you have a large variety among what type of blood test you can perform.
It's not necessarily a test performed to tell if you are pregnant or not.
Let a few day pass, if you have your period you shouldn't worry.
If you find yourself overly paranoid about pregnancies I recommend you try out apps that track your cycles.
You may find some relief, knowing exact dates.
Also, visit your gynecologist tell her/him about your worries, they are professionals and can offer you knowledge and alternative contraceptives.
Also there are pregnancy tests available at almost any pharmacy store, a bit expensive but can calm a troubled mind.
// Medical student
I've been perfectly happy with this one. I just use the basic account. This is the Google Store link but I had it for iphone at one point also.
It exists! The one I use has a "share with partner" option. They have to turn on alerts themselves, but all the options are there! https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.period.tracker.lite
Yup, this is the one.
I've been using it for years. Super simple, shows ovulation and cycles in a calendar. Has a countdown on the widget.
AND I can share the data with my partner so he knows when to buy chocolate on his way home from work 😂
I've been using this one for a long time, and it's gotten pretty accurate (to the day) with my periods. I don't feel it's pushy with the pregnancy thing (maybe I disabled it?).
Flo was charged by the FTC with deceptive data practices and as part of a settlement had to demand that its partners including Facebook remove the data shared without permission. Would you be open to discussing your concern about this for a story I'm working on? I'll reach out to you via chat now.
As for alternatives, there are lots of basic apps out there that are free to use and don't require people to submit a lot of info. I think it really depends on what you want out of these sorts of apps. Personally, I use one called P tracker and find that it's accurate despite a fluctuating cycle, and I only tell it when I've started and stopped. https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.period.tracker.lite&hl=en\_US&gl=US
I used this, it isn't great, but you can also track symptoms. I think it has a paid version too for a few extra features. I don't get periods right now though, so I haven't used it in a bit.
I use Period Tracker, it has a pink flower icon, and it's from GP International LLC. I've been using it for 6 years, and it notifies me when I'm scheduled to start soon. A random missed period doesn't mess up my average forever because it uses a moving average from recent months, not all the data from the past six years, so it's very accurate for me. It also gives me information about when I'm likely ovulating, and has a feature to track which days I've had sex, if I want to.
Google Play Store link: https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.period.tracker.lite
Also, track your period and symptoms. There are tons of great apps, or just use a calendar. I use this one but there are tons out there (Here's an article with a list of others). This helps you know what's normal for you, and have something concrete for your doctor when something is off.
This is the one I've been using for like 8-9 years now. Can track sex and symptoms and customize how long your cycle is and it will automatically calculate your cycle for you after a few months. I love it!
I used this one https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.period.tracker.lite&hl=en_CA
But I had an endometrial ablation 2 years ago so now I don't need it anymore, but it was very helpful in tracking the changes that lead to treatment. And using a Diva Cup helped me measure the declining quantity so that was useful too.
I've been using Period Tracker for... it's been a long time.
It's got the period prediction down to the day by now. Crazy accurate for me.
I use "period tracker" and "Period Diary" which also has a blog type forum feature for sharing trying to conceive stories. It started having a lot of ads, so that's why I began using Clue, but then clue acted like they do and I deleted it and went back to my period tracker. It does the job and I guess I don't really care all that much about the ads. If you hate them just buy them away for 2 bucks
Apologies for the late one! The one I use is just called Period Tracker. There's a lite version which is free to use and available on Android and iOS A friend recommended this one and I like it, but I'm sure the other ones people have listed are just as good, if not better!
Jesus. Reading these replies is brutal. All of the men in this thread (and you ^ladies too!) need to go get an app for your phone (both Android and iOS) called <strong>Period Tracker</strong> and keep track of your SO's cycle yourself.
This a fucking fantastic way to keep your relationship drama-free. I know when my wife is menstruating, I know when she's going to have bad PMS, I know when she's ovulating (gotta pull out early on those days), I can track her moods and know when she's going to be feeling frisky, I know when to stay the fuck away from her at all costs, I can make sure she's not too late during those 28 days. I can even make notes about what she has said to me or how she's acted towards me or how I might have pissed her off. I know when to have a nice dinner waiting for her after work...
Basically, I can act like a P.I. and gather tons of information on her and her moods, which might be good for me when those emotion - driven arguments break out. My wife uses it too, and she shares the information she collects about herself with me.
I use Period Tracker Lite. It was the one that stood out most to me when I looked through the list. It's easy to use, super adorable, and has quite a few nifty things in it.
Try this. Very accurate
I use the full version of Period Tracker and I love it!
I use Period Tracker and have for many years. It's great
Period Tracker, Clue and Kindara are the ones I have tried and found user friendly and accurate. Though there is a trade off between fast and easy, and accurate. Period Tracker is easy, you just hit a few buttons and the algorithm of the app does it's best to predict your period, But an app like Kindara, which gives you the option of inputting Temperature, cervical position and discharge will give you much, much more accuracy, but it takes a lot of time to get to know the app.
It depends how regular you are in the first place. I'm not regular at all. My cycles are anything from 12-38 days, so Kindara works best for me.
This one is a little ugly but I used it for years and it was good at predicting and logging periods
I use P tracker. You can get the paid version but the free one still has a ton of features.
Tracker app said no to government.
Check with my period tracker app developer and they said "we do not have any info if Court ordered, we don't share with 3rd party".
I turned off the baby stuff, i only track active periods here.
Android Period Tracker app.
You may also refer to this blog post https://gpapps.com/2022/05/19/on-data-privacy/
No matter what app you choose always read the policies regarding this stuff.
I use period tracker. It has note section and symptoms section and very easy to use.
https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.period.tracker.lite here the link if you're on Android
No worries! :)
> Sometimes I over analyze things and my feelings.
Me too. Both good and bad but I think it can provide a lot of insight to your and other's behaviours. I think way too much about things but I've learned to be less anxious about it and have found it really helps in tough situations. Instead of flying off the hook in anger, I'm a lot more reflective: "I feel anger over this action because of these root problems."
> It’s my preferred way of eating, and now that I think of it, I felt a lot more centred and stable when I cut out sugar and carbs. I’m trying to get back on the wagon.
Yup, me too again! I tried going vegan and I felt so faint and light headed, that I needed to get back to red meat. Going through that month of lettuce really helped me figure out what my body likes and how different foods affect my mood. (I'll throw out here too, that tracking my period has helped a great deal on that too. I'd get in these really dark places and before tracking, I thought the world is ending and lashed out. Now with my tracker, I know it's just hormones and allows me to be level headed.)
> Re: weight training, do you have any easy-to-learn, but effective exercises I could do in my own home?
It'll depend on your goals. What I did before going to a gym, was P90X. It's a decent well rounded all body workout routine. You can pick up the original pretty easily and can do it with just bands. eBay has lots of listings. I already had weights at home: 2, 7, 10, 25 and 45lbs that were fine for the months that I did P90X, so I never bothered with trying the bands. Before I did P90X, I did meme at home yoga work outs and was always disappointed. P90X came with guidelines on food, which I really needed help with. (I eat too little and was very scrawny.) Doing it for, six months?, I think, really helped boost my confidence to go to an actual gym. A bit of a humble brag, but P90X helped me go from -2 pull ups to 8-10 pull ups no problem, and when I did them the first time at the gym, I caught a lot of eyes, one pair belonging to an actual body builder who had trophies at the front desk. So, if you put in the effort, you'll get some great results. The downside is that there's only one leg day which will put you at a disadvantage, but if you switch over to a gym with a power cage you can focus on your lower body.
I'm running short on time but wanted to do a reply before I left. Sorry if the post is all over!
Period Tracker! It's free and it'll save your sanity.
I've only been on Microgestin 1/20 and Gildess (a generic of Micro), so my experience is limited. That said, I'd say that Microgestin could be behind your mood symptoms. I was on it for two years and while I had very minimal side effects, I did have continual problems with moods, particularly with PMS where it did nothing for me. Reflecting on it now I want to say I felt more stressed out and "down" overall when I was on the pill, but I was also going through a couple of tough years at university. It did almost entirely eliminate my period (barely one spotting day, if that).
Definitely talk to your doctor and see what they say. There's a lot of different formulations of the pill, what you want to keep an eye on is 1) what type of progesterone it has and 2) the level of estrogen (I know Microgestin comes in a 1/20 or 1/30 version). I'd also recommend keeping track of your symptoms/side effects/moods through a diary (period tracker is just one app that does this, comes with charts and everything!). I've had one the last eight months and it's taught me a lot about my moods.
I'll add a couple of links here - I really liked these when I was trying to figure out what was going on with my birth control, they talk about different formulations, what particular side effects might be caused by, which birth control may be better for particular side effects. I feel your pain on trying to figure out whether the moods are BC related or not, I wish you luck!
Selecting and Monitoring Hormonal Contraceptives: An Overview of Available Products
Which Oral Contraceptive Pill is Best for Me?
Incoming Android links!
Period Tracker (free version) $0.00
Period Tracker (Deluxe Version) $1.96
Also, this is the one my fiancee uses - My Cycles (MC) $0.00. It's come a long way over the last few years. It'll leave a VERY inconspicuous icon called "MC" and presents itself with a very clean interface.
Period Tracker for Android