Period Tracking Apps: The Good and the Bad

It became clear to us that a lot of women felt like they had been passed over in a lot of these conversations, and they were eager to share their experiences.

The app designs make a lot of basic technology design mistakes: poor data visualization, gendered visual design, strong assumptions about user intent, little flexibility around user goals. Talking to a few people who want to use period tracking apps would have uncovered many of these mistakes very quickly. This kind of up-front research with potential users is common in the design process, so it was surprising to see how few apps seemed to follow it.

Unless the update allows for “sometimes it’s two weeks in between or two months in between”, then it will never be accurate for me. I use them just to track when I have them in case my doctor ever asks.

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Ask Me About My Uterus

Essays, interviews, and research about reproduction health, menstruation, endometriosis, PCOS, PMDD, menopause, miscarriage, identity, infertility and more.