Tracking when your period's coming — or not — could be frustrating. But luckily, there are a ton of period-tracking apps that can help you with fertility, as well as your overall sexual and reproductive health. Whether you want to get pregnant soon or down the line, these apps can help you determine when the best time is to try, as well as what's really going on with your body. And who wouldn't want to know that?
"Period tracking can be very powerful and is empowering," Leslie Heyer, Founder and President of Cycle Technologies, that created the Dot app, tells Bustle. "Period trackers give women a better sense of what's going on with their bodies, and help them know when their periods are likely to come next. And with new technologies and approaches, I think we're finding that it also gives us a lot of actionable information." The more you know about your body and reproductive health, the better.
"The majority of women will have regular monthly periods lasting a normal four to five days," Dr. Sherry A. Ross, women's health expert and author of she-ology. The Definitive Guide to Women's Intimate Health, tells Bustle. "There are women who are not so lucky who have irregular periods with erratic bleeding, so period-tracking apps are especially helpful for women who have no idea when and for how long [your period] will stay. Your healthcare provider will especially find it useful to look at a period tracker over a period of three to six months to see what is really happening with your hormones. Clue and Glow are two of my favorite period-tracking apps."
That said, here are seven period-tracking apps that can help you determine your fertility, and help you, overall, when it comes to tracking your monthly menstrual cycles.