Apps emerge as new friends of women

Published on May 19, 2015 10:01:01 AM
Technology
Most of the women get fed up of calculating their cycles to check for their pregnancy confirmations. But technology has come to the aid of these women.

The women who used to mark their dates on calendars, can now make use of apps in vogue with this digital era to decrease their headache regarding the dates. There are many free and paid apps available in the market that will help you to calculate and keep a track of your menstrual cycles.

You have to record a minimum of three cycle details and the app will calculate the features by taking inputs such as symptoms and medication, and projects the next date of the cycle.

These apps are supported by daily or weekly notes. Developers like US-based ovulation calculator Glow even provide data for infertility.

"When I asked my patients when they were on their last period, some turned to their mothers and some to their partners. Recently, many of them have been showing me their phones," says Dr P Meenalochini, former director of Institute of Obstetrics and Gynaecology, Madras Medical College. "Though ovulation kits are available, mobile apps are more convenient for these women. It helps them plan for a baby or avoid unwanted pregnancy."

Gynaecologists, however, also warn that the apps cannot be a substitute for doctors. "Everything in medicine is personalised depending on the patient's profile. It cannot be a standard blanket of information," states Prashanth Fertility Research Clinic medical director Dr Geetha Haripriya. "Over the last four months, I've seen this trend of several patients using apps to plan intercourse and calculate the date of delivery. It can land one in trouble of being misled as deliveries are based on a lot of factors. Use the app, but always consult your gynaecologist," she asserts.

Single women say that these apps are convenient when they are absent minded about dates. "My mother used to be my tracker. But since I got the app, I feel a lot more in charge," says Haritha Mohan, who uses the app Woman Log.