Yes, we know period-tracking apps are not the most reliable when it comes to your fertility cycle. A report even suggests that out of 33 period tracking apps under observation, only three were able to correctly predict the chance of getting pregnant.
But these ingenious products of technological advancements can make educated guesses about your menstrual cycle. These – even without the fertility and ovulation detector – can be very useful given the fast-paced lifestyle that has become the new normal for women in urban India.
In between work meetings and an active social life, women can always do with a little help. And with apps and tech taking over almost all aspects of life, why not use it to keep a track of when our next period is due?
But, there’s more to these period-tracking apps beyond just keeping you updated about your cycle.
Bengaluru-based woman health tracker app Maya, developed by Plackal Tech, helps women track their cycles, related symptoms, mood swings, and overall health. It’s use cases generally range across three main categories including, health tracking, improving odds of conception, and avoiding pregnancy.
All users need to do is keep a tab on their menstrual cycle and feed the data relating to mood, physical symptoms, and other details like weight, basal body temperature (BBT), extent of flow, etc., to the app. Maya, which has achieved over 6.5 million installs worldwide, will predict the start of the next cycle while providing users with relevant tips and suggestions.
While there are a dozen period-tracking apps in the market at the moment, not many take into account users who are not proficient in English. These users are women hailing from non-metros and cities beyond Tier-I, who may not know English but are fluent in the language of apps, thanks to the Jio effect and the subsequent percolation of technology.
For this bunch, Mumbai-headquartered healthtech startup Vivant has come up with an app called Nyra.
The app, available in both English and Hindi, allows women to track their period, fertility, ovulation, mood, lifestyle, physical activity, and pregnancy. Besides this, Nyra also provides personalised feminine health, hygiene, and fertility advice.
With more than 10 million installs, the Period Tracker app is proving to be the digital buddy women need during that time of the month. The app, which starts tracking your menstrual cycle, just at the press of a button, logs in your dates (as soon as you sign up), and calculates the average of your past three months' menstrual cycles to predict the start date of your next period.
It also provides information on ovulation and fertile days, moods, and symptoms in a simple month-view calendar. But above all, the app’s claims to fame is its discreet icon – a simple ‘P Tracker’.
My Days – Ovulation Calendar and Period Tracker
MyDays, the women’s health and fitness app, goes beyond the needs of its primary users – women – to also take into account men who care for their partner’s cycles.
Developed by Christian Albert Mueller, the app provides an easy-to-use ovulation calendar and period tracker with a notification feature for upcoming periods and ovulation cycles. Users can also add personal info on the app regarding birth control, intercourse pills, and more, and keep a track of their medical history or share it with their doctors.
Do not remember when’s your next periods? Wondering if it’s the weather or PMS? Want to take your birth control pills in time? Well, get Flo, which serves as a period tracker, and ovulation and fertility calendar, women can track their menstrual cycle and flow intensity as precisely as possible.
Using Machine Learning (ML) and Artificial Intelligence (AI), the app is capable of performing multiple functions including scheduling menstrual cycle reminders, recording moods and PMS symptoms, providing a due date calculator, and enabling users to take full control of their health.
What’s more? Its password protected, which means that without the user’s authorisation, no one can fiddle around with the information.