2145 Health Care Apps for Women’s Reproductive Health
 Harvey Castro MD Martha Castro iPhone Life 1528-5456 2010-02-02 Spring 2010 2 2 52 Apps BabyBump Healthcare & Fitness iPeriod iPregnant Period Tracker Deluxe iPhone iPod Touch

There are so many apps for out there for women. Our focus for this article is to bring light to some apps relating to reproductive health and issues that we think many women can find useful on a day-to-day basis. These apps make busy lives easier and most importantly, healthier. They make tracking your period and pregnancy a breeze. As parents of four, we know the apps for pregnancy are invaluable and so easy to use. For any woman trying to become pregnant or already pregnant, these apps are for you!

Menstrual cycles


Women track their periods for numerous reasons. Some women might be trying to become pregnant, while others are trying to track the symptoms of PMS. For years, gynecologists have been asking women to use a little book and track their periods. They want women to write down the day they start and stop, whether they have a light or heavy flow, the amount of cramping, and even their mood swings. Women are supposed to do this while they are dealing with their pets, kids, purse, diaper bags, backpacks, computers, and a profession. Fortunately, these two apps make tracking your periods a breeze.


There are so many apps for out there for women. Our focus for this article is to bring light to some apps relating to reproductive health and issues that we think many women can find useful on a day-to-day basis. These apps make busy lives easier and most importantly, healthier. They make tracking your period and pregnancy a breeze. As parents of four, we know the apps for pregnancy are invaluable and so easy to use. For any woman trying to become pregnant or already pregnant, these apps are for you!

Pregnancy


Every mother-to-be wants a quick and easy way to track her baby’s progress over the nine months of pregnancy. There is nothing easier than taking out your iPhone and plugging in all your information from your doctor’s appointment.

These iPhone apps can make a remarkable difference in a woman’s life. They allow women to take better care of themselves, be better prepared, gain useful knowledge, and help insure a trouble-free pregnancy.

iPeriod

By Harvey Castro MD and Martha Castro

imageThis app records symptoms, tracks moods, and predicts future periods and ovulation. It displays a calendar for each month. Simply tap on a day and select it as the first day of your cycle. Then, specify your menstrual flow for that cycle (light medium, or heavy). Next, select your mood (stressed, weepy, frisky, etc.). imageYou are then able to select how severe your cramps are, if you are having spotting on that day, or if you have made a love connection. You can put information into the calendar everyday of the month to better track your ovulation and menstrual cycle.

Based on the information you enter, the "Summary" tab estimates the day of your next expected period, the average cycle length, and average duration. The average cycle length refers to the length of a menstrual cycle and varies from 21-36 days. It encompasses the first day after your period ends through the next menstrual period. The average duration is the number of days a woman’s period lasts, which typically is seven. The "Next12" tab gives you an estimate of when your cycle should start and what your most fertile days will be over the next 12 months. Of course, the more data you enter, the more accurate the estimates.

iPeriod

• $1.99

• Leon Atkinson-Derman

•  winkpass.com

Period Tracker Deluxe

By Harvey Castro MD and Martha Castro

imageI love the layout of this app. It’s not only more user friendly than iPeriod, it’s prettier. Flowers appear on the calendar days that you’re most fertile! imageThe home screen has a pink bar that you tap on the day your cycle starts and then again when your cycle ends. The tool bar at the bottom has five tabs that let you add notes, access the calendar, check your period log, view charts, and modify the app’s settings. The “add notes” tab lets you track your symptoms, moods, weight, and temperature on a daily basis. It also lets you track the days you and your partner are intimate. The “calendar” tab allows you to view your cycle days as well as your most fertile days, ovulation, and your intimate days. The “period log” shows the start day for your past period, the number of days in that cycle and predicts your future periods’ start and end dates. The “charts” tab lets you view graphs for your menstrual cycle length, number of days in your period, symptoms, weight, temperature, and moods.

 Period Tracker Deluxe

• $1.99

• GP International LLC

• gpapps.com

 

iPregnant

By Harvey Castro MD and Martha Castro

imageThis app helps you track your journey through pregnancy. Enter your last menstrual period and the app calculates your estimated due date, current trimester, how far along the pregnancy is, time left, and an estimate of the baby’s current length and weight. imageThere is also an area where you can keep notes, add pictures, and save your favorite boy or girl names. There is also a section that shows the 1,000 most popular boy and girl names of 2008.

 

 iPregnant

• $0.99

• Leon Atkinson-Derman

• winkpass.com

BabyBump

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By Harvey Castro MD and Martha Castro

imageThis impressive app lets you enter the date of your last menstrual period or your estimated due date and then calculates how far along you are in the pregnancy. It reports your trimester and tells you how many days you have left in the pregnancy.image It also estimates how much the baby weighs, his or her length, and tells you what part of the baby's physiology is developing that week. This app also describes what mom's body is going through, day-to-day, during the pregnancy.

 
BabyBump

• $4.99

• Alt12 Apps, LLC

• babybump.alt12.com