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LoveCycles Menstrual Calendar App Review – Apps for Women

by Ashley Houk
LoveCycles

There are many good reasons for tracking your menstrual cycles, from preventing pregnancy to detecting irregularities. By keeping track with LoveCycles you’ll begin to learn your natural rhythms and the various things you can expect throughout your cycle.

LoveCycles Period Tracker

Like most period tracking apps, LoveCycles provides the standard features: calendar, symptoms, moods, and days on which you were “intimate.” For those not using hormonal contraceptives, these are must-haves! Tracking moods and other symptoms, like tiredness or fatigue, could be early indicators of pregnancy if you’re vigilant about also tracking sexual activity.

LoveCycles home screen calendar

The main screen calendar doesn’t give anything away should nosy co-workers, teachers, or parents catch you looking at it. There are no symbols to indicate what symptoms you’re experiencing. Whether you got frisky the night before or had cramps, you will simply see a red or black dot to discreetly let you know you’ve marked something. Reminders can be easily enabled to alert you for everything from PMS and pill reminders to potentially unsafe days (yellow) and safe days (blue).

LoveCycles reminder screen

One thing LoveCycles offers, that I haven’t found with other similar apps, is their unsafe/ovulation phase time frame. Most apps will give approximately a week for “fertility,” and LoveCycles stays this course. However, for actual ovulation, they give you a three-day window rather than a single day. Since everyone’s body is different, designating one day of a cycle to ovulation can’t be accurate for everyone; not that LoveCycles is 100% accurate, allowing for additional days would be more likely to suit an array of users.

LoveCycles also stores a history of each monthly cycle. This allows you to get familiar with the typical length of your cycle. Based on the history, the app predicts the start date of your next period fairly accurately—within 1-3 days of the actual start date. I’ve found that, even without the history menu, it’s easy to know based only on the calendar when a period should be starting.

LoveCycles history tracking

LoveCycles: The Advantage

Unlike tracking on a calendar or in a personal planner, LoveCycles is conveniently available for Android and Apple devices—items we always have on our person or at least not far away. I’ve used other period trackers in the past, and what I really enjoy about LoveCycles is how easy it is to use and the clean design. Tap and hold to add a start/end date for periods, double tap to add notes like symptoms (asterisk), intimacy, and mood (smiley).

LoveCycles notes

Today, 64% of women use non-permanent hormonal birth control methods like the pill, the patch, or vaginal ring. Birth control pills are the #1 method of contraceptive used by women in their teens and 20s. Taking some form of contraceptive gives you an essentially reliable way of tracking your period, but it doesn’t necessarily allow you to track ovulation and/or fertility. Then, there are those women looking to get in tune with their body’s natural cycles and rhythms, not taking birth control is often their best choice. If 64% of women use some type of birth control that still leaves about 20% who don’t, but should be actively tracking their menstrual cycles in order to avoid unwanted pregnancy or illness.

LoveCycles can, and does, do all three—among the many other trackable things related to your monthly cycle. It’s also accessible on your phone via a discreet icon on your home screen or standard menu. It also allows you to send data to your email for back-up or reference purposes.

LoveCycles will ensure you’re able to consistently track your cycle and sex life. Whether you’re hoping to plan or prevent pregnancy, it has all the features necessary to meet your individual goals.

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