I spent a good
amount of money on my iPhone, and I plan on using it for all that it is
worth.  It surprises me when I find out
fellow iPhone users do not even use their iCalendar or any of the other
functions that would make managing their lives easier.
Since aunt flow
came back at the beginning of this year, I had to figure out a way to track my menstrual
cycles.  See, I’m one of those people who
don’t like surprises, and the last thing I need right now is for aunt flow to
pop-up at any moment – the wrong moment, and that’s where the Winkpass iPeriod
app comes in.
Prior to
becoming a mom, I used an online app and a regular wall calendar to keep track
of my menstrual cycle.  Being a full-time
working mom, wife, beauty editor, and mom blogger meant that I needed something
that was more convenient and easy for me to keep track of my menstrual
cycle.  Plus, for some reason, I do not
get the pre-menstrual symptoms I used to get before having a baby, which
consisted of tender breasts, headaches, and cramping. 
The App Store
has many apps to help women not only track their current menstrual cycles, but
predict future ones as well. If you’re trying to conceive there are also period
tracking apps that can give you information on fertility, ovulation cycles, and
more. I chose iPeriod because it was not only free, but it was also simple
to use. You can upgrade for $1.99 (I think).
The opening page of the iPeriod
app displays a countdown until your next period or information on your next
period.  There is also a slider-style
counter showing which day you are in of your cycle. There is a ‘+’ sign in the
upper right corner where you can add when your period starts; however, you have
to go in and manually change the date when your period ends, which may pose a
problem to those who are just too busy to remember.
The navigation
for iPeriod is along the bottom of the screen, which shows the following: tabs
for the home or main screen, calendar, summary, Next 12 (menstrual cycles and
ovulation), forums, and settings. The calendar tab provides a view of a
month at-a-glance of when your period is expected to arrive, along with your
fertile days.  You’re also able to customize
icons and labels by naming them and color coding them. Tilting your phone into
landscape mode will present you with graphs and charts as well. From there you
can toggle between chart data for period duration, cycle length, weight, body
iPeriod will
show large pink dots on the calendar over days that you are expected to have
your period, and green dots during the time you’re most fertile. You can
override fertility data by double tapping on a day and choosing that as an
ovulation day.
To add
information about your cycle, period, or fertility just double tap any day on
the calendar in order to add information. Along the top you’ll see tabs labeled
general, symptoms, moods, and fertility. Under the general tab you can track
things such as period flow, spotting, sexual encounters with your significant
other, and more. Under the symptoms tab you can log things like appetite, backaches,
bloating, cramps, and more. The moods tab will give you a list of icons to
choose from so you can easily track what kind of mood you’re in on any given
day. The fertility tab allows you to customize ovulation, track your
temperature, the outcome of pregnancy tests, and other personal information.
I rarely use the
symptoms or moods tab.  What’s most
important to me is when my period is coming, when I’m ovulating, and when I’ve had sex. 
For my last few
cycles, the iPeriod app had my fertility period beginning just a few days after
my period ended, which is weird.  I think
when I started using the progesterone cream then stopped, probably screwed up
something. I’ll find out when I go to the doctor for my annual.

How do you keep
track of your menstrual cycle?