Periods--There's An App for That

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One of the biggest milestones of your daughter’s life is her first period. Perhaps you mothers remember the way that your mom told you about that event as it neared in your own life. It seemed like such a mystery, didn’t it? A bit confusing, and certainly a lifestyle change for carefree kids!

 Someone has developed an app for IOS devices that is free and very helpful. It’s called “Flo,” and it’s a menstrual period calculator that says it uses “machine learning,” or artificial intelligence, to make “accurate and reliable predictions of menstruation, ovulation and fertile days.”

Such an app can be useful to teenagers by giving them reminders to take sanitary supplies on trips, for example. It can also help to keep track if periods become irregular so they can be reported to a doctor.

Here’s what one teenage girl said about the app online: “It’s extremely helpful not only in tracking your period and logging your symptoms, but it also has helpful articles about how to relieve stress, I love that it has a bunch of helpful tips about alleviating symptoms from professionals. I think it’s an amazing app, and unlike most apps, most of the features are available without premium.”

Have you discovered any apps or other technological aids that help you with your health? What’s the best one you use?

Since 1992, Dr. Robinson has worked in a variety counseling positions. She is also a popular author and speaker on topics ranging from childhood development and sexuality, teen issues, family dynamics including caring for elderly relatives, and church resources for families.

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