Looking for the best period tracker apps to help you track your menstrual cycle? You’ve come to the right place. I’ve compiled a list of the top period apps for the iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and other Apple products.
Most of the menstrual cycle apps on this list are free; and others are available for a minimal fee. In this article, you will learn why each period tracking app is the best, and why you need to track your menstrual cycles in the first place.
Why Should You Track Your Period?
Unless you’re incredibly weird, you probably don’t look forward to having your period – your “time of the month.” Those 3 to 7 days (for most women) when Aunt Flow (sometimes abbreviated AF) comes to visit. The average length of a menstrual cycle (from day 1 of your period to the next period) is 28 days. But it’s perfectly normal for your cycle to be as short as 21 days, or as long as 35 days. Every woman is different, and many women don’t have the textbook 28-day cycle.
Some women are quite lucky for their period to land exactly on day 28 each and every month. For other women, the day that their period starts is less predictable. For example, I have irregular periods. I always have a menstrual period, but it doesn’t always fall within the typical 28-day cycle. One month, there may be 32 days from one period to the next. The following month, my period might not come until day 34. That’s where a period app comes in handy.
Why Use a Period Calendar App to Track Your Period?
Period apps (aka period calendar apps) give you an estimated date of when your next period will likely occur, based on the average number of days in your cycle. Period tracker apps aren’t 100 percent accurate, but they give you a good estimate of when to expect your next period. They are truly handy, and some even allow you keep track of your PMS symptoms – which is also really beneficial. Some iPhone period apps also calculate the day that you ovulate, and the range of days that you’re fertile. (Having sex on your fertile days can improve your chance of getting pregnant.)
The period apps that I’m writing about today can all be found on iTunes app store. You can download them for your iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad, and other Apple mobile devices.
Best Period Tracker Apps
1.Period Tracker Lite (Free) – This is the free period app that I use to track my periods, and I absolutely love it. This has to be the BEST period app on the market. And did I mention that it’s free to download?! If you are looking for a useful and accurate period app, this is definitely a great iphone app to try.
The Period Tracker allows you keep daily logs of your moods, PMS symptoms, and when you’re intimate. (This comes in handy for women who want to conceive.) This period calendar app takes the average of your past three menstrual periods to predict the start date of your next period. It also lets you know when you’re fertile and when you’re ovulating. (I have been using this period tracking app for over two years, and it is very accurate in my experience.)
If you’re a girlie girl, you are going to love the cute, feminine design of this app. Available for iPhone, iPod touch, and the iPad. There’s also a paid version of the app, which has a few extra features. But the free version works just great.
2.Monthly Cycles – Period Calendar ($1.99) – This is a cute period app, which you can personalize with 6 different themes. You can easily track your menstrual cycles, as well as your most fertile days. For women who are trying to get pregnant, you can track your weight and your basal body temperature with this paid menstrual period cycles app. This period calendar app also gives you the ability to keep track of your PMS symptoms – like acne, tender breasts, cramps, headaches, etc. There are 40 moods you can choose from.
Want to export your data? This period app lets you use email to export your data. Pretty cool features. Available for $1.99 and compatible with iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
3.Period Planner Lite (Free) – Another period calendar app that’s perfect for all women. It allows you to track the date of your next period, when you’re most fertile and when you’re ovulating. (Great for women who are trying to get pregnant.) This period app also gives you the ability ot keep track of your pregnancy symptoms, when you have a “love connection” (intimacy with your husband or partner), and if you experience any spotting.
The period tracker app can be password protected so you can keep it away from prying eyes who might have access to your iPhone or iPod touch. There’s a paid version of the app, too. But if you’re looking for a free period calendar app, this is definitely one you should check out.
4.Period and Fertility Tracker from WhatToExpect.com (Free) – This top period app is perfect for women trying to conceive. Created by WhatToExpect.com, this period calendar app helps map out when you’re most fertile and when you should expect your period. There are also daily pregnancy tips that will help inspire you as you work towards your goal. There’s also estimated due dates for each day that you might conceive.
It’s a good period app, but it’s geared more toward women who want to get pregnant. It is missing some critical features that the other apps have. But still, it’s free and pretty nifty.
5.Period Diary Pro – Menstrual Calendar ($1.99) – This period app has a very creative floral design that you’ll love. The Period Diary Pro allows you to track your period, most fertile days, ovulation, PMS symptoms, weight, and more. There are three different skins for you to choose from, and you can even sync your data with Google calendar. Other cool features available from his paid period tracker app include access to a social forum (where you can talk about your symptoms with other women around the world), a graphical display of your periods, and a pregnancy mode.
Available for $1.99 from the iTunes app store, this period app is compatible with the iPhone, iPod touch, and iPad.
6.Period Plus – Period / Menstrual Calendar (Free) – If you’re just looking for a simple period app without all the extra frills, this period tracker app for the iPhone is free and easy to use. Period Plus predicts the dates of your periods, most fertile days, and ovulation dates for the next 12 months. It’s also password protected. Another nifty feature of this free period calendar app is the ability to keep track of the intensity of your PMS symptoms. You can also make journal entries on days that you have sex. (This is a neat feature, in the event that you get pregnant. You can pinpoint when you conceived. A very cool period tracker app to try out.)
7.Menstrual Calendar Premium ($1.99) – This is a simple period app that predicts your menstrual cycles and when you’re most fertile. You can also keep track of your pregnancy test results, your mood on any given day, and PMS symptoms that you’re experiencing. You can also keep track of your basal body temperature each day. This ia a good period tracker app for women who are wanting to conceive.
Tips for Choosing the Best Period App
I have given you an overview of different period apps on the market. When it comes to tracking menstrual cycles, I am a huge fan of period apps that are free. The paid period apps are fine, but they cost money. Why pay when you can get something for free?
When you’re choosing the best period app to track your menstrual cycle, I highly suggest that you go for the free period apps first. Read user reviews of their accuracy – these can be found on the iTunes product pages, which are linked in this article. You may also want to choose the iPhone app to track your periods based on the overall design. You may want a design or skin that is more minimalist and not so flashy.
If you have tried period tracker apps in the past, what do you recommend that my readers try?
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I highly suggest the new free iPhone app that just launched called ‘My Moontime’ app for period tracking. Way prettier and more validating for females. Plus it has so many wonderful features that help females use their period to fuel their life, not just manage it. xoxo
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Hi I need some help – my friends are always looking at my iPod and I don’t want them to see that I have a period tracker app. Are there any more secretive apps? U kno, apps that don’t mention periods or menstruation in the title, have a password lock, and u only kno it’s a period tracker if u unlock it with the password? This would really help me. Thanks!
DP Nguyen says
I think you should just lock your iPod so that your friends don’t get into it.
I have a app called “these days” which don’t mention periods at all 😀
You could also try Pink Pads. Thats the one I use. The profile picture (or whatever its called) for the app is a pink lily pad and its password protected. I hope that’s secretive enough for you.
The first app on the list only shows the pink flower as the icon and it only says tracker on your screen in order to be discreet. Nothing about periods or menstruation or anything.
thx! I was going to get a ipod touch and needed some ideas! (::) <— that is a double smile I give to you (though it may show differently it looks like this ( : : ) but completely together with no spaces)
I use WomanLog Pro, I purchased it a long time ago, and since then I’ve tried almost all of those above, but I stuck with WomanLog. It can track everything. Your weight, sex, cervical mucus, acne, bloating etc etc. dozens of symptoms and it very cleverly calculates your ovulation and menstruation. Plus it has the cleanest design, I really like it, all the others look like they are for children. I don’t know why all of these apps are pink and full of flowers. It’s just annoying.
For a really long time I wondered whether there would ever be an app for period tracking that did nit look like something designed for a 4-year-old.
I have used a couple of those apps, but I have never used them longer than a few weeks. That wasn’t primarily because of the design, because if it works then I can look past these shortcomings, but I found them so tedious to work through and navigate. They really aren’t well designed, and they are very slow to react.
About a week ago I stumbled over a new app called Lily Cal. This is an app-design that really appeals to me, it is sleek, modern and elegant with its dark user interface. It simply doesn’t look as cheap.
So far I am very impressed. It works fast, it has a lot of useful features (like a PDF export for example – gorgeous and very, very handy!) and also uses a graph-timeline in addition to the calendar. Both show the fertility phases, ovulation date and information on flow and cervical fluid. While the calendar is very handy I am loving the timeline! This is really convenient.
Anyways, it works well, gives very precise predictions (mind you, I entered all my cycles, which are 33, so of course there is enough information for the app to be very exact) and looks lovely 🙂
I have 3 apps on my iPhone: Period Tracker, Period Diary and Ladytimer. The most accurate one for me has been Ladytimer. While not as cute as the other two, it has more really useful options like boy and girl prediction, audio notes, lots of symptoms tracking and an export function for sharing with my doctor.
I agree every women should use these apps, it’s really helpful.
Ok, So I was intimate on my ovulation day, when I added this to my calendar on 4/22/12 (which was the ovulation date) 4/23/12 turned gray- There is not anything in the app explaining why something would gray out….ANYONE know why it does that, pretty sure I got a feeling but want to see for sure what the grayed out means
Hi, you can also track your menstruation using an online calendar, e.g. http://www.MyMenstrualCalendar.com . It automatically predicts many things (menstruation, ovulation, graphs, etc).
Dave E Wilkes says
I have an android phone and really love my apps but I had never thought of getting one that forecast period and PMS.
Even though I’m a guy I have had indirect experience of the problems related to PMS and anything that can help with that – well. I’m all for it.
On second thought maybe I should get one!
An app that is.
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I actually use a few of these! I always forget when I had my period so these rock! My fav is period tracker!
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