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Attention all women: your phone can now relieve you of the burden of having to track your menstrual cycle. Whether you’re trying to get pregnant, synchronizing with birth control, or simply curious of how your bodily rhythm flows, these apps will do all of the work for you.

How hard is it to track your period? With these apps, not hard at all. They offer more than trite countdowns and primitive notifications: you can check on which days you’re fertile, you can view graphs that correlate your mood over a cycle, and you can predict when your next period will arrive based on past data.

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Period Tracker ($1.99/free, Android, iOS & WindowsPhone)

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The self-proclaimed “SIMPLEST period tracking app,” Period Tracker is built and designed for those who don’t want to spend lots of time setting up charts, graphs and calendars. Only one action is required: on day 1 of every period, you press a button.

Over time, Period Tracker logs every one of these presses and uses that data to predict future periods. This prediction feature is only available when Period Tracker has logged at least 3 months of data. Of course, there are some advanced features as well. You can type in notes on a day-to-day basis to track your mood, symptoms and intimate activity, and you can export past data to email.

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Period Tracker comes in two versions: the Lite version (Android, iOS), which is free but only has the basic feature set, and the Deluxe version, which costs $1.99 for all of the advanced features.

My Cycles (Free, Android iOS)

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My Cycles is a period tracker that leans more towards the “I want to conceive, can this app help me?” side of the spectrum. If that’s your chief concern right now, then My Cycles is the app for you.

It starts with the basic period tracking features. You record every first day of a period and jot down daily notes that catalog your changes in mood, symptoms, medications, and treatments, weight and so on. It might seem like a lot at first, but the more information you record, the more accurate the other features will be.

My Cycles uses this information to help notify you of your most fertile days and predict when those days will arrive. The predictions stretch ahead as far as 12 periods. Your data can be backed up online and you can even access that data from any computer that has Internet access. But what good is data if you can’t make sense of it? My Cycles uses a clean and intuitive interface with virtually no learning curve.

MonthPal (free, Android iOS)

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Of all the apps on this list, MonthPal is the simplest and most minimal. That’s not to say that it’s ugly or useless because it isn’t. MonthPal is the perfect period tracker for those of you who have no need for all of the bells and whistles found in the other apps. It does one thing and it does it very well.

Enter your period start date and MonthPal starts tracking. All of the relevant information – cycle length, period days, and fertility window – are displayed on a single screen with a beautiful layout. One glance is all it takes to see the progress of your entire current cycle, making this an app that works so well thanks to its simple nature.

Pink Pad (free, Android iOS)

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Yet another period tracker? Not quite. Pink Pad sets itself apart from most other period trackers by focusing on community. In addition to logging female health, Pink Pad aims to bring together women from all across the world. Through the app itself, you can post under various topics (Fashion, Beauty, Health, etc.) and reply to posts that others have written. These conversations form the “largest trying-to-conceive mobile community” in the world.

Pink Pad doesn’t neglect the tracking side, of course. It can help predict your cycles and monitor your mood, symptoms, weight, and temperature over the days. It comes with a homescreen widget (for Android, naturally) with a countdown to your next period.

There’s also a premium version for $1.99 (Android, iOS) with more advanced features such as fertility tracking and pregnancy planning, data backup and restore options, and custom notifications.

Conclusion

If you just want a basic tracker then any of these apps will do, although I would recommend MonthPal for its sleek and smart interface design or Period Tracker if you’re after more advanced features. The other apps are great in their own nuanced ways, so be sure to try them all out and pick the one that best fits your needs.

Do you use a period tracker app? Which one? If you know of any other good ones that weren’t covered in the article, please share them with us in the comments below!

  1. Aryllia
    October 7, 2016 at 3:32 pm

    I just wish I could find a period tracker that DOESN'T display fertility - or at least had an opt-out on displaying fertility. All I want to know is when I should get the pads ready, anything else is permanently irrelevant.

    • Timisia
      November 4, 2016 at 11:28 pm

      There's is a settings section where you select abstinence mode

  2. Lu
    September 21, 2016 at 1:11 pm

    I'm from the UK and am looking for an easy to use period tracker. I just want to know what my body is doing basically. But I use the contraceptive implant which none of these apps seem to have an option to input for data. Does anyone know of one that does? Thanks x

  3. Tabby
    July 14, 2016 at 9:44 pm

    So none of these sync to your regular google calendar? Why is that simple feature so hard to find?

    • Tara
      August 25, 2016 at 8:04 pm

      Ditto! Tabby, did you find anything that synced with Google calendar? I find this ridiculous!

  4. Tammy
    May 8, 2016 at 6:20 am

    I need one that I can backup. I'm not very tech savvy and when I backup the app My period tracker, I click on my gmail and try to download it and it wants me to set adobe as my default. I just want to have a record backup and make it easy to read and access

  5. Mahalakshmi
    February 10, 2016 at 4:20 am

    My Period Tracker is good and no nonsense. The notifications are prompt and helps in being prepared.

  6. Rebecca
    January 11, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    I use Clue. I love it, simple to use, tracks your period and gives you other options to track your mood, weight, body temperature and tons more! It really helps track your cycle so that you can start to see trends!

  7. Mac Sander
    November 7, 2015 at 5:56 pm

    I really love 'Next P' for iOS because of it's minimalistic design and simplicity: http://nextp.de

  8. Gabriella Berwick
    October 19, 2015 at 1:48 am

    I love Life the Period tracker. I installed it on my phone and was able to track my periods but also a whole lot of other things such as my nutrition, health, sleep cycles, mood, weight, and more. It even gives me an option to add notes and make my own personal diary. It is very convenient.

  9. Yujia Zhao
    July 24, 2015 at 9:06 pm

    There is a new one called Lychee, very simple and minimalistic: https://itunes.apple.com/us/app/lychee-sweet-simple-period/id950971915?ls=1&mt=8 All my friends use it and consider it is very easy to use.

  10. Stephanie Kaye Turner
    May 13, 2015 at 12:55 am

    Found a bug in Period Tracker: When you try to add periods so that it can predict your cycle, it won't change the start day with the number pad. It ONLY changes the start day with the up/down arrow key. Very inconvenient.

  11. Jess
    April 30, 2015 at 5:03 pm

    Our Cycles is awesome - has loads of features not just a period tracker, things like tracking your mood, symptoms, how you're feeling, and also what you're doing to take care of yourself. Something different from most of the period apps I've found, would recommend it highly

  12. Dayee
    May 27, 2014 at 8:19 pm

    FertilityFriend is a good one too

    • Joel L
      June 6, 2014 at 6:17 pm

      Free for both iOS and Android and it looks great. Awesome! Thanks for sharing. Had no idea.

  13. Sierra
    May 23, 2014 at 11:56 pm

    This is great! I've used Pink Pad for a while, but I want to look into some of these other ones. =)

    One note, however: this article feels pretty gendered to me. Not all women have menstrual cycles, and not everyone with a menstrual cycle is a woman. A really neat gender-neutral app called Mcalc is in beta right now and would be an interesting addendum to this list.

    • NobodyIsGenderNeutral
      May 9, 2015 at 1:19 pm

      Are. You. Shitting. Me.

    • Robin
      October 14, 2016 at 3:37 am

      Thanks for addressing that, Sierra. I found myself cringing at some of the word choices in the article, so it was nice to see someone mention it in the comments. Trans men and some non-binary people menstruate too!

      I know a lot of agencies are starting to use the terms "menstruators" or "people who menstruate" (rather than "women" as a shorthand) to be inclusive of everyone who menstruates.

  14. Yodi C
    May 23, 2014 at 4:48 pm

    Period Tracker is also available for WindowsPhone 7+.

    • Tim B
      May 23, 2014 at 11:50 pm

      So it is, thanks for pointing it out – I've added it to the article :)

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