Today a seventeen year old patient showed me "My Days", an app for android phones that allows women and girls to track their periods in as much detail as they might want. It certainly makes it easier on the doctor when she asks: "So when was your last period?" and the young patient whips out her phone to show me this:
A Google search of the best apps for keeping track of periods revealed that all of them have ovulation, mostly hitting it rather than avoiding it, as the goal. I have not found a simple app that is appropriate to teenage girls. Other concerns I have with the apps I saw online at this review are that they emphasize PINK and feel ridiculously girly-girl; they hover on PMS, moodiness, and other pre-menstrual symptoms in a way I am not sure is productive; and some of them even have warnings for men to avoid their partners during certain "times of the month."
|Come on! Your "fertile window"? Yikes!|
Anyone want to work with me on an app for teenagers that is more developmentally appropriate? Kotex are you there? I remember the pamphlet I read from you about periods in the 60's. We can do so much better with technology in our hands.