Red tide, Aunt Flow, Lady Time, Period, Dracula’s tea bag, Purple Towel Night, Dragontime, Moon Cycle, Fighting the Scarlet Crusade, Defecting to Canada, or maybe Riding the Cotton Pony.
If you aren’t sure what I’m referring to, I’m talking about menstruation.
Many ladies are interested in tracking their cycles to understand when to expect cramps, the highest chance of pregnancy, or just to know when they must purchase more cotton amour. I use and have used period trackers for three years, and although these trackers are sometimes a day off, I find these apps provide excellent insight to my cycle. So, let us move on to two of my favourite cross-platform Moontime trackers!
These apps are fairly similar when it comes to entering and tracking data for That Time of the Month as well as fertility and general health. Both apps require creating a user profile before participating in the communities and forums attached to the apps. Also, both apps offer both paid and free versions. Period Tracker provides the two tiered system for both Android and iOS; however, I believe iPeriod only offers the two tiered system for iOS and strictly a paid version for Android. Looking over to iPeriod, one major deterrent is the app’s requirement of the user to sign in before gaining access to the app. Period Tracker only requires a sign in to backup and restore data, and to participate in the social features associated with the paid version. The other downside to iPeriod is the user cannot enter data before the current year. For someone with historical data, iPeriod’s limitations are disappointing. Although I do find iPeriod much more aesthetically appealing, for me function outweighs form so my personal choice is Period Tracker.
Finally, I may have covered a few of my favourite euphemisms for menstruation in the article; but I would love to hear everyone else’s in the comments section!