A whole ton of things are linked to the menstrual cycle, so tracking it is a great way to check if something is a normal fluctuation or if there’s something seriously wrong with you. There are a fair few period tracker apps, but my favourite one is Clue. Since I’m on Android, I’m reviewing that version only, but it’s also available for iPhone.
The best thing about Clue is that it isn’t pink or covered in flowers. Seriously, look at this:
I don’t remember the last time I saw a woman who only had pink flowery crap. Do those women all congregate around app developers?
It’s also not obviously tailored towards getting pregnant. I realise that a lot of people monitoring their cycles are trying to get pregnant, and Clue does have the capability for that, but it’s nice to be able to track my cycles without tips on getting pregnant and images of bulging bellies in my face all the time.
Also it doesn’t have creepy sperm.
The way Clue works is very simple – you put in any data for that day under various categories, and it shows up on your cycle diagram or on your calendar as little squares. Any bleeding data is used to calculate the predicted length of your cycle and your fertile window. They even have peer-reviewed sources to back up their predictions, which is pretty reassuring. They ain’t messing around.
Since I started using Clue, I’ve had a much better idea of what my cycle is like – I’ve always known it was a month-ish long, but now I can pin it down to almost the exact day. I’ve also gotten into tracking my skin to see if my huge chin cysts are hormone-related (they are), so I can finally work out what to do about them.
Verdict: Clue covers everything cycle-related, and does it with a minimum of pink and flowers.