It used to be that if you wanted to track your period, you would count to 28 and mark the day in your calendar with a red pen. That, or you didn’t track it at all.
Now, thanks to Clue Period Tracker, you can approximate your cycle, track monthly symptoms, note wellness highlights and lowlights and even give yourself a pretty good idea of when you might be ovulating.
Tap into the Clue app and you’re mercifully not bombarded with simpering pinks, leaping women or smiling yogis. Just clean white backgrounds and graphics that don’t condescend help you chart your data and learn about your body.
Get started by discovering the kinds of data Clue can collect, then customise the options to fit you. Bleeding, Pain and Emotions (i.e. the basics) are there, allowing you to note the moment you reach for the heating pad. For a more holistic view, you can also note your body’s response in a variety of other data sets, including Skin, Exercise and Digestion.
Each time you tick off a symptom it gets added to your cycle data, which you can view as a wheel or in standard calendar format. The longer you use the app, the more it tells you about yourself. Think of it as participating in your own personal experiment.
The results of this experiment may surprise you – or confirm suspicions you’ve had since you were a teenager. Think your skin breakouts are hormonal? Enter each blemish into Clue and you might just know what to look out for every, say, 20th day.
The longer you use the app, the more it tells you about yourself. Think of it as participating in your own personal experiment.
Clue relies on the user to self-report and its feedback will depend on how much information you choose to share. If all you want is to be able to approximate whether you’ll get your period while on holiday, this app can help. But if you want your iPhone to remind you why you might be feeling so irritable today, Clue’s got you there as well. You can even share your information with a partner, spouse or friend.
The Cycle Science section of the app gets into the nitty gritty of cravings, cramps and crankiness, explaining the science behind each one, how common each symptom is and whether you should see a doctor.
Clue is knowledge about your cycle, about science, about yourself. And knowledge, as they say, is power.