Cue the bleeding, cramps and mood changes. Though menstruation occurs around a dozen times a year for many who experience periods, their side effects may still take us by surprise.Tracking your period helps you understand yourself better, so you’ll feel more prepared for the changes in your body.
Take a look at our selection of some of the best period tracking apps on the market—from those offering insight on mood and sex drive to one created to optimise workouts.
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Best for: Those in search of insight on ovulation dates
Using an algorithm through daily temperature measurements and period cycle tracking, Natural Cycles predicts users’ ovulation days and tells you when it’s necessary to use protection on “fertile” days.
Aside from offering a daily reading on your fertility status, the app also helps you track potential PMS symptoms, sex drive and more. It can be used in conjunction with products such as the Oura smart ring, a device created by Finnish tech firm Oura Health that tracks sleep and physical activities.
Natural Cycles was approved by the United States Food and Drug Administration (FDA) to be used as a method of birth control in 2018. The developers state that the app is 93 per cent effective with typical use, and 98 per cent effective with perfect use.
Note that the FDA states that “no form of contraception works perfectly, so an unplanned pregnancy could still result from correct usage of this device.”
Learn more at naturalcycles.com