Wouldn’t it be nice if you could know exactly when Aunt Flo is coming to town? Luckily for you, someone out there invented period tracker apps that can be downloaded from the App Store and onto your iPhone (or Google Play for Android). The problem? There’s about 500 million different menstrual tracking apps out there, which makes it very hard to know what’s right for you.
With some help from my coworker Hannah, I checked out six different period calculator apps to discover which is the best at tracking your monthly cycle. Read on for period calendar utopia.
Disclaimer: period tracker apps should not be used as a form of birth control unless the app specifically positions itself as a birth control option.
Pink Pad has two gender options, which is refreshing to see because not everyone who gets their period identifies as female. You create a username and password and by doing so you automatically join its community of users. A variety of topics are discussed, ranging from fertility to how to insert a tampon. While you don’t have to engage with fellow users of the app, it’s nice to know you have someone to go to for advice with just a tap.
My main criticism of this menstrual tracker is it automatically sets your average cycle length to 28 days and automatically sets your average period calendar length to 4 days. If you generally follow this timeline that’s great, but in my experience most people tend to be a little under or over this threshold (myself included!).
Hannah described Eve as the “Cosmopolitan of period tracking apps” and that is so accurate. Their overall design is similar to the magazine’s design, with a pink 90s girl power vibe that I was super into. This app also has a community aspect, and you can choose to join (or not join) a group based on your specific interests.
Eve allows you to customize the length of your cycle and your period, something I think every app should do because duh, every woman’s cycle is different. On top of tracking your period, Eve can track your sexual activity, mood and symptoms. By doing this, the app can accurately pinpoint trends or patterns that are specific to you and your body, like sleep patterns and exercise. I thought this was a great feature because it’s teaching you things about your body outside of tracking your period.
Period Tracker Lite
Hannah described this app using the words “cutesy” and “kindergarten classroom”, which was once again spot on. Its design reminds me of those interactive learning games kids use.
This app automatically sets your cycle to 28 days (ugh), but you can log flow-specific factors like spotting or irregularities, and you can choose from over 30 moods, so that kind of makes up for the whole automatic cycle thing. Another little add-on is that you can track your steps, which is pretty random, but I can’t say I hate it.
I found this app was way more straightforward than some of the other apps, which I appreciated because let’s be serious – my period is already annoying enough, so I don’t need to deal with navigating a confusing app on top of that. This app also has a pink, dreamy design, which I really like.
You can customize your period and cycle length (yay!) and Flo helps you keep track of an irregular period by tracking the symptoms that generally indicate your period is on its way, like sleep patterns, temperature and mood. This period estimator also rewards you for using it – the more info you log, the more Flo will send you health insights, tips and articles based on the information you’ve logged!
I love Clue. It’s so aesthetically pleasing to the eye, and while I really like the color pink, I appreciate that this app isn’t 50 shades of pink. Not everyone likes the color pink, and by making a period predictor app completely pink it reinforces the whole girl-pink association, which I think should have died out a long time ago (pink is for everyone, not just girls!).
With Clue, you can track your exercise frequency, moods, menstrual flow heaviness, and your menstrual products. My favorite part of the app is the fact that you can look at past periods, PMS and fertility data and you can get accurate predictions for up to three upcoming cycles. Basically, it’s going to predict what my mood will be in three months time, which I just think is magical.
MagicGirl, in my opinion, is the holy grail of teen period trackers. Yes, this one’s created just for teens! MagicGirl has almost all the same features as Clue, keeping an archive of past periods and giving you predictions on upcoming cycles based on previous months.
MagicGirl allows you to customize your period length and has a community of users you can chat with about various period-related topics. What I like about this app is because it’s aimed specifically at teens, you’ll be able to chat with other teens who may be experiencing their period for the first time, just like you! It opens up an extra level of comfort because talking about periods can be awkward, especially as a teenager. This gives teens the opportunity to talk to like-minded people, around the same age as them. Win!
Overall, I don’t have anything against any of the apps I’ve discussed. They’re all great in different ways. While I don’t use a period calendar tracker myself, if I did, I would use Clue – that’s a personal preference. If I were a teen, I would hands down use Magic Girl, however I’m past my teenage years so Clue comes out on top for me. Since all of these apps are free on iPhone and Android, I would suggest downloading them all and giving each one a try to see what you like best. Happy tracking!