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Monday, January 7, 2013

Dear Diary...

A conversation with a friend this weekend ended in a question that I never anticipated would be asked of me.  Conversely, my behavior (or lack there of) seemed to have similarly startled the asker.

"Wait... you don't track your period on your phone?!?"

That's right, folks, there's an app for that.  And I, and it seems only I, do not have it.  Or, did not have it.  Because now I do have it.

Actually, what I said above (about there being an app for that) is a bit of an understatement.  There are closer to 327 apps for that.  I did a bit of researched and then chose a strongly reviewed application called Period Diary.  Which makes me feel like I'm 12 years old again, lying on my stomach stretched out on a floral quilted bed, chewing on the end of one of my braids while I "dear diary" about boys and, of course, my first visit from Aunt Flo.

When you open the app, the homepage layout is a pale pink flower.  The middle of this flower counts down from your last period to your next.  You get to log your symptoms, your moods, your ovulation cycles, and write little notes to your periods whenever such a whim might seize you.

Previous to this, I was amazed when my phone searched the internet, kept my grocery list, and masqueraded as a Zippo lighter, but being my personal period diary has quickly risen to the top of the list of the Awesome Activities of the iPhone.  Of course I wouldn't buy the full version yet.  I'm holding out till 2.0, which will come with it's own basal thermometer and pregnancy test attachments.

Anyway, I'm off to go think of sweet nothings to speak to my period when she decides to arrive, somewhere between 3 days ago and a week from now.  I'm not exactly sure as to her expected date, because as  I've already discussed, I have as of yet not been appropriately tracking her visits.  So long friends, say hi to all of your periods for me!

Oh, and P.S.- Did you read those petals?  Did you see the one labeled "Forum"?  Did you realize this means that you can chat with other period havers about YOUR period on the internets??  I've been having periods almost every month since I was 12, and I have never ONCE chatted about them on the internets! Which begs one question and one statement. First, WHERE HAS THIS BEEN ALL MY LIFE?!?  Second, I have a backlog of something like 315 periods to chat about, so I think I best be getting to it.

Happy chatting friends, may all your cycles be regular, and your symptoms log include impressively few zits, bottles of blue constipation juice, and angry-monkey faces.


  1. this post is so funny! i cracked up the whole time i was reading it! i got my period app about three years ago and LOVE IT!

  2. Am I the only weird one who tracks by the amount of pills left in the pack? haha

    1. Probably not, but I personally haven't used those since 2008 (don't like the dang things) so that's not gonna do it for me!

  3. This is hilarious! And I can't believe you didn't have the app before now ... I love mine, though I've avoided any forums.

  4. I use OvuView since it has a chart that looks like the Fertility Awareness Method. I don't recommend using it to predict ovulation. It's prediction is not very accurate.

  5. Actually a timely post for me! I've had an IUD (birth control implant thingy) which is being removed in 2 weeks, and I'm FREAKING OUT because I'll only be on the pill, which I got pregnant with years ago (my son is 11!). I can't have any more kids, so I was going to track periods, and ovulation times... fingers crossed! Thanks for the post, and sorry about the random honesty! Shit! Oooops

    1. Glad I can help, and glad I'm not the only person on the face of the universe who didn't know about this yet... since, as you'll see, everyone who's ANYone tracks their period on their phone. Bu-DUH!


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