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"Clue" Is the One App That All Women Need On Their Smartphones

"Clue" Is the One App That All Women Need On Their Smartphones
From Lifehack - October 4, 2017

Unpredictable periods can be a nuisance. When we know whats happening with our bodies, we can plan and prepare. We know to carry extra tampons or pads with us, and we avoid outings that might make us uncomfortable. As women, weve been able to work around our menstrual cycles to do amazing things, but all of us can recall at least one time when weve been caught off-guard by an unexpected visit from Aunt Flow.Unpredictable periods can be a nuisance. When we know whats happening with our bodies, we can plan and prepare. We know to carry extra tampons or pads with us, and we avoid outings that might make us uncomfortable. As women, weve been able to work around our menstrual cycles to do amazing things, but all of us can recall at least one time when weve been caught off-guard by an unexpected visit from Aunt Flow.

I recently had a night out ruined by my period. My friends were visiting from out of town, and we went to a restaurant. Over the course of dinner, I experienced a lot of cramping, and I thought I might be starting my period. My suspicions were confirmed, and I had to cut the night short because I didnt have any supplies or medicine on hand.

Being caught unprepared is the worst

Periods are not fun experiences, but we get through them. Its frustrating enough to feel tired and bloated, but its even worse when you dont know when to expect your period.

Having an irregular period, or not keeping track of your cycle can cause all sorts of problems. You may crave junk food and feel moody without knowing why you feel that way. You might also set yourself up for embarrassing accidents by choosing to wear white pants when your period starts. Plus, who wants to plan a trip to the beach in the middle of her period?

Not knowing when your menstrual cycle is happening can have deeper impacts on your health as well. If youre trying to get pregnant, you need to know when youre ovulating.

Theres also a direct link between your menstrual cycle and the effectiveness of your workouts. When you are in the luteal phase of your cycle (right before your period), your metabolic rate increases by 2.5%-11%.1 Youll burn calories faster, but itll also have a negative impact on your performance.

Your period can be an indicator of your overall health. Irregularities can arise from stress or changes in sexual activity. Taking certain medications can impact your cycle. What you eat during certain times of the month affects your mood, but diet can also disrupt your period. Dramatic weight loss, for example, can cause your menstrual cycle to stop altogether.

Being able to note changes in your menstrual cycle provides clues about your health and wellness. While everybody is different, its important to know what is normal for you.

Its time to get a clue

If youre having trouble keeping track of your period on a regular calendar, theres an app called Clue that helps you collect data on yourself. This app enables you to track your period, predict ovulation time, and record information that will affect your menstrual cycle.

Besides being able to track your cycle, Clue can also remind you to take contraceptives and tell you what to do if you miss a pill.2

Clue keeps data on your period organized and makes it easy to understand

Clue is free, and signing up is easy. You can create an account using your Facebook, Google, or email account. After you verify your account, the app asks you a few questions about your age, the average duration of your your period, PMS symptoms, and your contraceptive usage.

The Clue app uses that information to make predictions about when youll be dealing with PMS, menstruating, and ovulating. As you input your data into Clue, it becomes better at predicting elements of your cycle.

You can see where you are in your cycle by viewing the Your Current Cycle page.

You can always reach this page by clicking on the circular icon at the bottom of the page. As you can see, Clue makes it easy to see where you are in your cycle at a glance. The clouds on the cycle indicate when you might experience PMS symptoms.

The number of red dots beneath the area that says Period represent the number of days that your period will last. If you record data related to ovulation, a blue dot will appear when the app predicts that you are ovulating.

If you choose to receive reminders about your fertility, the fertility window will appear as a blue section in the cycle. Knowing when youre most fertile is useful whether or not you are trying to conceive.

When you click on the green plus sign, youll have the option to enter current data about your body. The red droplet icon allows you to record how heavy your bleeding is for that day. When you enter this data, Clue will be able to predict the heaviness and duration of future periods, which can help you make better plans.

Demystify your periods

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