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Period Calendar and Tracking App

Our Favorite Period Tracking Methods

We know it can sometimes be difficult to track your menstrual cycle, and there are plenty of reasons women choose to do so. Whether you’re seeing your doctor, looking to better understand your flow, trying to conceive, or maybe just planning a family vacation; there are tools out there to help you get your period on track.

No school like the old school

One of the easiest ways to keep track of your periods is to simply write down the dates that they start and stop. Some women keep a small calendar in their purse to note the days of the month when they have their period. This method can help you prepare for your period the following month and plan accordingly. Remember: the first day you begin to bleed is the first day of your menstrual cycle. On average, bleeding typically lasts three to five days but a healthy period can range anywhere from two to seven days.

Your first day of bleeding is called cycle day 1. Count the days until the first day of your next period. This length of time is called your menstrual cycle. The average menstrual cycle is about 28 days, but it varies between women. The range for adults is every 21-35 days and for young women, the menstrual cycle can range from every 21-45 days. Bring your calendar with you when you see your OBGYN and primary health care provider.

1. Period Calendar

For you forgetful ladies:

Period Calendar is an app designed to help you track and even predict your period. It also provides information on your fertile window and potential date of ovulation.

In addition to basic menstrual cycle tracking, Period Calendar can be used to record temperature, intercourse, birth control, weight, cervical mucus, mood, and other symptoms. 

The pill reminder is a handy tool and can be adjusted to remind you to take medications, supplements, birth control pills, and injections.

*Free for Android and iPhone

2. Clue

This one’s for the science nerds.

Rated the top period and ovulation tracking app by the Obstetrics & Gynecology journal, a publication of the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG), Clue uses science to help users recognize patterns in their menstrual cycles.

In addition to your menstrual cycle, Clue allows users to log overall health, exercise, and mood for the most accurate results. The app's unique algorithm “learns” from the data that’s added, so the more you use it, the smarter it gets!

*Free for Android and iPhone

3. Eve

Looking for a little support from your fellow woman? 

Eve is a period tracker that predicts upcoming periods and your chances of pregnancy. Discover trends in your cycle by logging your moods and symptoms. Users like the attractive design and interactive visualization features.

The app also provides access to a community message board where you can discuss periods, sex, and health. No subject is off limits, and you can learn from those who have had similar experiences.

*Free for Android and iPhone

Share with your doctors

Don’t forget to bring your calendars to your OBGYN and primary health care provider appointments. If you choose to take advantage of a handy app, chances are you’ll already have that necessary information with you.

Talk to your OBGYN if you notice abnormalities or have any questions about tracking your menstrual cycle.