When the US Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade on June 24th, a chorus of “delete your period tracking apps” chimed across social media. (Ironically, this advice seemed to have the opposite effect, with downloads of these apps actually doubling in the days post-Roe.)
You may be wondering: Why should I delete my period tracking app?
Apparently, the disturbing reality is that the personal data collected by these apps can be subpoenaed by law enforcement and used to build criminal cases against people who pursue abortions in states where they are illegal. "Simply, do not trust what companies are doing with your data," Ann Cavoukian, founder of the International Council on Global Privacy and Security by Design, told the CBC.
Some critics have suggested that data collected by period trackers is far less likely to be used as incriminating evidence than one’s text messages and internet search history, so it’s hard to gauge just how much of a threat these period tracking apps (which we reviewed a few years back) actually represent. Either way, it’s completely understandable if you no longer feel comfortable giving away your personal data to an app knowing it could potentially be used against you.
If you’re ready to say goodbye to your period tracking app, or simply interested in a more analog way of getting to know your cycle, we’ve created a printable PDF tracker where you can record information on your cycle the old-fashioned way.
How does it work?
Simply download the tracker and begin recording every symptom you experience throughout the month. Once your period begins, you can record the flow intensity for each day. Over time, you’ll start to recognize patterns in your mood and symptoms, and be better prepared for what’s to come. It may turn out that the sudden sneak attack of the munchies wasn't so sudden after all.