Today I want to introduce to you ladies the ‘Clue’ app, a menstrual cycle app that seems to track everything.
I’ve never had a regular cycle and three months ago I was put on the pill, and so I wanted to be able to track what difference it has made since taking it. Before taking the pill my periods would come and go as they pleased and would be awfully heavy, and I felt awful in myself too. Since being on the pill to try and regulate my periods and as a form of contraception I have been quite satisfied with how its going. My doctor said that it will take my body a good few months to get settled, and I should see a dramatic difference. However, I have had to set reminders to take my pill at the same time of the day every day and remember that I have a week off from it too. With this to think about I needed a help in hand and this is just what ‘Clue’ does. So let me talk you through it…
When you begin using the app it asks for your age and all the relevant health information it needs to monitor you during your cycle. Remember your cycle doesn’t just mean your period but the time inbetween too. Your main page is this circular image that tells you what day of your cycle you’re at and gives you an estimate as to when your next period is to be expected, but if you’re like me and have only just been able to obtain a regular cycle this may vary a bit at first so don’t panic!
You’re also given a calendar just so you can monitor everything in one go, including your moods, sleep patter, pain, your mental state etc. I think this part of the app is my favourite…
Here we have all sorts of ways that the app can monitor your body during your cycle. It will ask if you’re bleeding in which case you choose which one applies, if you’re not on your period then leave it blank.
We all get aches and pains during, before and after our periods and so monitoring any pain you have every day could give you some indication as to when your period is approaching and when its close to finishing. It gives you these options to choose from above.
Again it monitors your sleep pattern to give you an idea of why perhaps you’re not sleeping- it could be your period approaching!
A more important indicator in my point of view is noting when you have sex and if its protected or not etc. This may come in handy if you’re missing your period and could be pregnant, if you’re on birth control remember it may say its 99% effective but there’s still that 1% chance. It’s just a good indicator in case there is something else wrong and you can tell your doctor all of this information which will help them to help you out.
I don’t think I’ll ever me selecting the “energised” option as I’m a particularly lazy person I’m not going to lie.
What I also need to note about this app is that each of these options have an “i” with more information as to why they’re monitoring this particular factor and its extremely helpful and not written in a language you can’t understand.
Again my second favourite factor is monitoring if I have remembered to take my pill or not and whether I’ve taken it late. Like I said in the beginning you can also ask the app to send you notifications as to when you need to take your pill- SO helpful for us forgetful lot!
Two mental factors that again I think are important to monitor too. I’m sure like me you know when its close to your time of the month when you manage to have more mood swings, feel unmotivated and just needing some “me” time.
These past few months I have been having good fun in trying out meditation on the ‘Calm’ app and I honestly believe that taking time to medicate can help you mentally through this awkward time of the month, even if its just for five minutes. When your time is approaching you can sometimes feel less social and grouchy or even the complete opposite- god dammit hormones!
Last but not least it monitors any cravings you have and what protection you use when bleeding. I personally use pads at night and tampons during the day. I would only use a panty liner when my period isn’t particularly heavy. I’ve never used a menstrual cup but that option is there too. Again the purpose of this is to monitor how much your potentially bleeding too.
The final page on the app is an analysis of your periods and how they differ. As you can see with me in the past three months (of being on the pill) my cycle has varied quite a bit, but this is to be expected as I have only been on birth control for a short amount of time. I think my cycle is likely to be similar to my most recent cycle in July.
Another reason why I find this app helpful and in a way a ‘relief’ is because it relieves my anxiety of when my period is coming and keeps me informed if I should contact my doctor about anything. I’m a born worrier and having this app to give me a help in hand in ridding the worry is more than I could ask for.
So there we have the app ‘Clue’ I know this was a rather personal post but I think its best to talk about these things, and if it helps one of you out like its helped me then that’s even better. I think its a very good app to have with a wealth of knowledge that may answer some of them questions you’re a bit too embarrassed to ask your doctor!
Take care everyone.
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