Thursday, September 15, 2011

The Period Tracker Plus

For many girls it is important to keep track of their periods.  For some it's a matter of avoiding a fertile time, for others (older we hope) it's the opposite.  For many of my patients who are young and have normally  irregular periods they should be aware of the intervals between periods. Of course for anyone having sex without protection or with imperfect protection a tracker can mean the difference between discovering a missed period before it's too late or having some options and choices shut down.

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:
The same tool that helps a 14 year old discover how "irregular" she really is will also be perfect for the 30 year old who wants to know when she is most fertile and most likely to conceive.   My only concern is that the 14 year old (or anyone for that matter)will interpret those days as the only ones when she should avoid having sex or unprotected sex.  In terms of pregnancy prevention and STD avoidance it's not safe to have unprotected sex at any time.  Condoms at a minimum, and a second  form of contraceptive would be the best bet.  All month long.

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.

21 comments:

  1. Its very important for girls to keep track of their periods, Thanks for informing about how to track periods
    irregular periods

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  2. This is a great article!!! I so agree with you, I have an 11 yr. old who is new to the menstrual world and I can't find an appropriate app for her to keep track of her cycle... Hope someone out there comes up with one soon.

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    1. this is my issue as well. My 11 year old discovered an app "Selene" and I do not any apps are appropriate for young girls since they have the ability to record "intercourse days". My daughter doesn't even know what that is...

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  3. I wish I could help you develop something like that, but I am not tech savvy. I have been searching one appropriate as well. Please do let us know if you can find a techie that is interested in developing an app for preteens and teens that is appropriate. Thanks for posting, as I was wondering the same thing!

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  4. I would be very interested in an app like this as I have 2 girls. I would definitely be a tester. I would even possibly use it myself as I am only interested in tracking days and moods!

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  5. There is an app for andriod called 'P tracker'. While not the most discreet - it is very useful, my friend showed it to me and I wanted to see if there was any for Apple! There is a "fertile window" option but it mostly focuses on moods and flow. Hope this helps! :)

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  6. This is very informative. Any luck finding an app for teens?

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  7. agreed!! have an 11 year old who needs to track her periods and i don't want her seeing things like "feeling intimate" or "fertile window active"!

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    1. hold....there is an iPhone app called "P-Log" by Laurier who according to the app description is the no. 1 sanitary protection brand in singapore. to my surprise it is all in english, password protected, and doesn't have any of the awkward and somewhat inappropriate items that preteen and teenage girls should not be looking at.

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    2. Thank you. P-Log is also available on Android, and will work perfectly for my daughter.

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  8. I think I found a good one for my teenage daughter. "Next Period" by Norman Sander for iOS. It's very basic. It includes only 3 pieces of information, 2 of which can be turned off. The very basic calendar shows only when the period occurred, when the next one is expected (which can be turned off), and most fertile days (which can be turned off). No indicators for moods, cravings, intimate activity, PMS, and all that crap. Just an electronic version of the paper calendar I used to put an "x" on for each day of my period. By far the most appropriate electronic tracker for my 12 year old daughter that I've been able to find.

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  9. So sad that this post was written almost 4 years ago and they're still is not an age appropriate app for teen girls out there. (At least not that I could find.). My daughter is 12 and does not need to track her fertility window or determine if she is "in the mood."

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  10. I use glow. But no way would I let my daughter use it. We are using an app that shows her green week. You can't skip periods. No irregular options. Iwere both waiting for an app appropriate for young kids.

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  11. I am twelve years old, Me and my mum were looking for an app that's just period... My uncle (her brother) is a computer/ electronic engineer, who is probably willing to help us make it... he is looking into it this weekend, my mum, (A graphic designer) is making graphics/ backgrounds and stuff. I'm in charge in a cute, non-offending name. Can you guys give suggestions??

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    1. I love this idea and your family's willingness to try and put something together!!! I agree I can't believe after all this time since this was originally written not one app has been made to cater to our concerns about the other p trackers out there and just simplify it for the younger generation in this high tech world

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    2. Its a work in progress... they have other things to do too. But its on its way, kinda

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  12. I can't believe that as of August 2016, there are still no apps appropriate for a young tween that doesn't include all of the fertility/ovulation/sex features. I guess it will be a paper calendar and stickers for us.

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  13. I can't believe that as of August 2016, there are still no apps appropriate for a young tween that doesn't include all of the fertility/ovulation/sex features. I guess it will be a paper calendar and stickers for us.

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  14. Get at this blog http://topspying.com/ikeymonitor/ which filled with numerous articles on security and hacking software.

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  15. Flo is perfect. You just need to turn off the sex,ovulation,fertility, and pregant features. Mom and daughter can use this app. It also has a passcode so you can keep your period private. No adds!!! I love it!!!,

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  16. Please do get in touch. We are in development of an app for tweens and young teens. We share your same concerns re. age appropriateness and the 'pink!'. www.nestconsulting.co.nz

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