Today’s featured app is all about the menstrual cycle so if this makes you uncomfortable or you think any degree of discussing this subject is TMI or whatever, this is your warning to navigate away from this page now.
For those of you who don’t have a problem with this sort of thing, let’s continue.
Flo is a great little app from the developer OWHEALTH INC. It is completely free to use and, surprisingly, does NOT include ads. There are no “premium” features that must be paid for. This is truly a FREE app.
So what exactly is Flo? It is essentially a general women’s health app with primary functions of logging and tracking menstrual cycles/symptoms, as well as ovulation/fertility. It can also be linked up with FitBit devices if you use them (not sure if other fitness trackers are compatible at this time but I don’t think so) to be used to track daily steps and sleep, and you can track your weight etc as well if you wish.
At this point I will say I personally only use this app for logging/tracking my menstrual cycle/symptoms so I can not speak to the other aspects of the app. Based on what I do use it for I am going to say the other features are probably well done.
The app works best when you log symptoms daily. The app will pick up on any trends to improve the cycle predictions. I am still trying to get myself into the habit of logging symptoms daily but even so it tends to be pretty accurate.
Because it can be used to log and track fertility/ovulation as well, the symptom log includes some things you may be interested in logging if you’re trying to conceive – and the app even has a special pregnancy mode if you are/become pregnant.
There are a handful of settings that can be adjusted for your cycle. If you don’t know how long your cycle tends to last you don’t have to bother with these settings – given a little time and consistent use, the app will adjust those things for you as it learns your cycle. There are also a couple settings for the app itself, including a passcode which is basically password protection for the app – it won’t open without the code being entered first. There is also a contraceptive reminder, if that is something that may be useful for you.
There is a section within the app with articles on various women’s health issues, as well. Sometimes when you log certain symptoms, they’ll show you an article relating to that symptom specifically. Sometimes this section will also include polls or quizzes, and there are sometimes comment sections available where, if you want, you can chat with other Flo users.
The app also includes a homescreen widget so you can see what days you’ve logged symptoms and upcoming periods at a glance, though you will have to actually open the app for more details or of you want to review what symptoms you’ve logged, and to log new/current symptoms.
Overall this is a very well done, easy to use, incredibly useful app, and I’d absolutely recommend it to any ladies looking for an easy way to keep track of their cycle and symptoms. I’ve tried a couple other similar apps but this is by far the best!
Until next time. xoxo