About a week after we found out out first round of IVF had failed, I got an email from the company that owns Pink Pad, the app I use to track my periods, to say the app was no longer available from 4 May 2018.

Unbelievable timing!

So now I have to find a new one, and transfer all my months of old data across. What a drag.

This is not the first app I’ve used to track my period. I started off with one called Period Diary, but found it a bit clunky. To be honest, I felt the same way about Pink Pad. So maybe it’s time for a change anyway.

But there are so MANY apps to choose from.

After a bit of googling, I came across this rather hilarious article reviewing a number of period trackers, and have chosen the one it referred to as the ‘Zooey Deschanel’ of period tracker apps: ‘Clue’. Having admired Zooey Deschanel for a while, I reckoned this might be the one for me.

And it could well be, you know. It’s actually pretty stylish looking, plus it’s ranked highly by the journal of Obstetrics & Gynaecology because of it’s scientific basis. Stylish and smart – just like Ms Deschanel herself.

I was a bit non-plussed by the science bit, actually, but it feels quite reassuring to know that the information that’s on there has authority and credibility. Rather than being a bit of fluff, it actually has substance.

So once I’d downloaded the app and answered a few questions about my cycle length, last period and such like, I was brought onto a really nice looking homepage.

Now I’m not usually impressed by aesthetics but – compared with the other apps I’ve used for years – this one seems much slicker, more user friendly and definitely more intuitive than the others I’ve tried.

I mean, it does what they all do – forecasts your fertile window, PMS and period. Nothing revolutionary there. But you can also monitor things like exercise, cravings, hair, stools (!), motivation, partying and social life… Plus it gives you scientific reasons for doing so.

To be honest, I think it’s unlikely I’ll be tracking all those things. But it’s kind of neat to have the ability to monitor all of them all in one place. For example, I do a bit of meditation every now and then. It’d be nice to keep track of that. Plus the running I’ve started doing.

Most of all, I think I like it because it isn’t pink and girlie. Sure, there’s a time and a place for pink fluff (a period app is probably one of them). But I prefer the modern, female stereotype-free look and feel of this one.

Do all women who are trying to get pregnant use a period tracker, I wonder? If you do, are you bothered with all the add-on tracking ability you get with them, or do you simply use the basics? I’d love to hear your thoughts…

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