Top free menstrual cycle tracking apps for your patients.
App overload is a challenge for both providers and patients. As of September 2015, the number of health apps in the US Apple iTunes and Google Play stores exceeded 165,000, with approximately 7% focused on women's health and pregnancy. (1) Clinicians express interest in promoting the use of health apps with their patients and seek guidance about making app recommendations. (2) In my prior articles in this "App review" series, I have recommended due date calculator and drug reference apps.
One area in which an app may enhance your patient care is in menstrual cycle tracking. Patients may be more honest with their phones than with their health care professionals, and the results are more accurate than paper questionnaires and calendars. (3) Of note, menstrual cycle tracking apps are the fourth most popular health app among adults and likely even more popular if limited to adult women. (4)
Dr. Paula Castano and her team systematically identified and evaluated free menstrual cycle tracking apps. (5) The accuracy of each app was determined by menstrual cycle predictions based on average cycle lengths of at least 3 previous cycles, ovulation predicted at 13 to 15 days prior to the start of the next cycle, and qualification that the application contained no misinformation. (5)
The top 3 recommended menstrual cycle tracking apps from Dr. Castano and colleagues' study are listed in the table alphabetically and are detailed with a shortened version of the APPLICATIONS scoring system, APPLI (app comprehensiveness, price, platform, literature use, and important special features). (6) I hope this column will allow you to feel more comfortable recommending these "vetted" apps to your patients.
(1.) IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics. Patient adoption of mHealth. Parsippany (NJ): IMS Institute for Healthcare Informatics; 2015. http://www.imshealth.com/files/web/IMSH%20Institute/Reports/Patient%20Adoption%20of%20mHealth/IIHI_Patient_Adoption_of_mHealth.pdf. Published September 2015. Accessed June 6,2017.
(2.) Terry K. Prescribing mobile apps: What to consider. Med Econ. 2015;92(12):35-38,40.
(3.) Wortham I. We're more honest with our phones than our doctors. NY Times Magazine. https://www.nytimes.com/2016/03/27/magazine/were-more-honest-with-our-phones-than-with-our-doctors.html?_r=0. Published March 23,2016. Accessed June 6.2017.
(4.) Fox S, Duggan M. Pew Research Center. Mobile Health 2012. http://www.pewinternet.0rg/files/0ld-media//Files/Reports/2012/PI P_Mo bileHealth2012_FINAL.pdf. Published November 8,2012. Accessed June 6,2017.
(5.) Moglia M, Nguyen H, Chyjek K, Chen KT, Castano PM. Evaluation of smartphone menstrual cycle tracking applications using an adapted APPLICATIONS scoring system. Obstet Gynecol. 2016;127(6):1153-1160.
(6.) Chyjek K, Farag S, Chen KT. Rating pregnancy wheel applications using the APPLICATIONS scoring system. Obstet Gynecol. 2015;125(6):1478-1483.
Katherine T. Chen, MD, MPH
Dr. Chen is Professor of Obstetrics, Gynecology, and Reproductive Science and Medical Education, Vice-Chair of Ob-Gyn Education for the Mount Sinai Health System, Icahn School of Medicine, Mount Sinai, New York, New York.
The author reports receiving royalties from UpToDate, Inc.
TABLE Top 3 recommended menstrual cycle tracking applications App App comprehensiveness Price Clue * Allows fertility Free tracking for women iTunes: trying to conceive https://itunes.apple.com/us/ app/clue-period-tracker- * Contains information on period-ovulution-tracker/ contraception or pregnancy id667189652?mt=8 Google Play: https://play .google.com/store/ apps/details?id=com .clue.androld&hl=en Glow * Allows fertility Free tracking for women iTunes: https://itunes.apple trying to conceive .com/us/app/glow-fertility- * Contains information period-and-ovulation-tracker- on contraception app/id638021335?mt=8 or pregnancy * Includes tracking of Google Play: fertility medications https://play.google.com/ store/apps /details?id=com. glow.android&hl=en Pink Pad Period Tracker Pro * Allows fertility Free tracking for women Google Play: https://play trying to conceive .google.com/store/apps /details?id=com.alt12 .pinkpadpro&hl=en App Platform Literature used Clue iTunes and References Google Play provided iTunes: store for science https://itunes.apple.com/us/ information section app/clue-period-tracker- period-ovulution-tracker/ id667189652?mt=8 Google Play: https://play .google.com/store/ apps/details?id=com .clue.androld&hl=en Glow iTunes and None reported Google Play iTunes: https://itunes.apple store .com/us/app/glow-fertility- period-and-ovulation-tracker- app/id638021335?mt=8 Google Play: https://play.google.com/ store/apps /details?id=com. glow.android&hl=en Pink Pad Period Tracker Pro Google Play None reported store Google Play: https://play .google.com/store/apps /details?id=com.alt12 .pinkpadpro&hl=en App Important special features Clue * Password protection * Medical disclaimer iTunes: * Health education https://itunes.apple.com/us/ * Data back-up app/clue-period-tracker- * Email/export period-ovulution-tracker/ * Spanish language id667189652?mt=8 * Custom reminder * Track flow Google Play: * Track symptoms https://play * Track intercourse .google.com/store/ * Alert next menses apps/details?id=com * Alert for fertility .clue.androld&hl=en * Average cycle length Glow * Password protection * Social media iTunes: https://itunes.apple * Medical disclaimer .com/us/app/glow-fertility- * Health education period-and-ovulation-tracker- * Data back-up app/id638021335?mt=8 * Email/export * Custom reminder Google Play: * Pregnancy mode https://play.google.com/ * Track flow store/apps /details?id=com. * Track symptoms glow.android&hl=en * Track intercourse * Alert next menses * Alert for fertility * Average cycle length Pink Pad Period Tracker Pro * Password protection * Social media Google Play: https://play * Medical disclaimer .google.com/store/apps * Health education /details?id=com.alt12 * Data back-up .pinkpadpro&hl=en * Email/export * Spanish language * Custom reminder * Pregnancy mode * Track flow * Track symptoms * Track intercourse * Alert next menses * Alert for fertility * Average cycle length
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|Author:||Chen, Katherine T.|
|Date:||Jul 1, 2017|
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