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Period Tracker Apps and Fertility Tracker Apps

Period Tracker Apps and Fertility Tracker Apps

Keeping track of your period seems simple enough. Sometimes though, keeping track of your period can be anything but simple. Smart phone and tablet apps (for iOS and Android) can make it easy for women

Period Diary Pro

Period Diary Pro

to track their period and fertility. They can help predict your cycles and monitor your mood, symptoms, weight, and temperature

Tracker apps enable women to record their periods, see their peak fertile days, track intimate moments, record PMS symptoms and record notes pertaining to their health. Some apps have period and ovulation predictors and maintain a record of dates of most recent cycles – very handy when the nurse or doctor asks when your last period began. Other apps enable women to connect with other women around the world. Period and fertility tracker apps may not be foolproof but they certainly help women to be more knowledgeable about their monthly cycles and their bodies.

Who can benefit from period/fertility tracker apps?

ALL women that experience a menstrual period. Young women new to menstruating can track their cycles and start to see trends. Women using the natural family planning method can record temperature readings and see exactly when their fertile window may begin and end. Women in peri-menopause can track their sporadic periods. Period and fertility tracker apps can help if you want to get pregnant or if you do not want to become pregnant right now. Find the app that works best for you and fits in your budget.

Period Tracker Apps

Many period tracker apps are available at no cost to the user. Versions without ads that may offer additional functionality range from $0.99 to $3.99. The most common period tracker apps include: Clue, Period Tracker, and Life – Period Tracker. Other common period tracker apps are: Cycles, Eve, Menstrual Period Tracker, Monthly Cycles, My Calendar, Period Calendar, Period Diary, Pink Pad, and more.

Fertility Tracker Apps

Apps specific to fertility tracking tend to be more expensive than period tracker apps. Some are touted as fertility monitors that have attachments and high tech readings. Fees range from $0 to $375. Some have monthly rate plans. The most common period tracker apps include: Fertility Friend, Glow, and Kindara. Other common fertility apps are: Clue, Conceivable, Daysy, Maybe Baby, Natural Cycles, OvaCue, Ovia, Period Tracker, and more.

Questions About Your Period?

Period and fertility tracker apps can be a wonderful tool to help you. If you have questions about your menstrual cycle or would like to talk one-on-one with a nurse, click here. You can also schedule an appointment at one of our medical clinics in Oakland, Redwood City or San Francisco.

 

Pregnancy Symptoms

Why is my period late?

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Pregnancy Symptoms

Pregnancy Symptoms

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Period late? Think you may be pregnant?

Is your period late? Do you think you may be pregnant? Pregnancy symptoms differ from woman to woman and pregnancy to pregnancy. Understanding the signs and symptoms of pregnancy is important because each symptom may be related to something other than pregnancy. If you think you may be pregnant, treat yourself as if you are until you know otherwise.

Some women experience pregnancy signs or symptoms of pregnancy within a week of conception. For other women, pregnancy symptoms may develop over a few weeks or may not be present at all. Below is a listing of some of the most common pregnancy signs symptoms. If you have been sexually active and are experiencing any of the following symptoms, it is recommended to take a pregnancy test.

Early Symptoms of Pregnancy:

  • Spotting and Cramping – A few days after conception, the fertilized egg travels and attaches itself to the wall of your uterus, causing implantation bleeding, one of the earliest signs of pregnancy. This may occur around six to 12 days after fertilization.
  • Swollen/Tender Breasts – Women’s hormone levels change rapidly after conception, triggering tender, sore, or swollen breasts.
  • Nausea or Morning Sickness – Is one of the most common and popular pregnancy symptoms, but not all women experience it.  Nausea can occur at any time of day and not just in the morning.  The cause of morning sickness or nausea is likely to be hormonal changes.
  • Missed/Delayed Period – Is the most obvious symptom of pregnancy, and the one that prompts most women to visit our free clinic for a pregnancy test. However, a missed period could be caused by other things besides pregnancy.  It may be a symptom of hormonal problems caused by fatigue or stress.  It may also be a side effect of taking oral contraceptives.

Hormonal changes are likely to be the cause of other early pregnancy symptoms including:

  • Difference in menstruation
  • Fatigue/Tiredness
  • Frequent urination
  • Headaches
  • Dizziness
  • Food cravings and aversions
  • Back pain
  • Mood swings

However, these signs and symptoms are not exclusive to pregnancy.  These signs and symptoms could indicate that you are about to get sick.  They could also indicate that your period is coming soon.  In some women, pregnancy can occur without any of the later signs and symptoms of pregnancy.  In addition, there might be other pregnancy symptoms that could happen to you that are not commonly experienced.

If you have missed a period or suspect that you may be pregnant, you might want to get a pregnancy test.  The licensed health professionals at each of our three Bay Area Support Circle Clinics can administer a pregnancy test for you.  Whether your test comes back negative or positive for pregnancy, our health professionals can discuss possible reasons for your symptoms, or pregnancy options, and guide you through next steps.  Support Circle’s confidential services are offered free of charge.

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