Whether you’re on birth control or not, your period has a mind of its own, and if I’ve learned anything from studying the female reproductive system, it’s that if the going ain't flowing, your cycle can either take its sweet time, or drop by unexpectedly. Luckily, technology is making it all too easy to learn how to track your period cycle because, duh, there are multiple apps for that, and you can download as many as you please if you want to be extra for optimal accuracy. The truth is, ladies, unless you’re diligently tracking when it comes and goes each month, it’s easy to forget these details month after month, and seeing as how you’re most likely attached to your phone anyway, these options are super helpful.
Raise your hand (or, you know, just silently agree) if this scenario sounds all too familiar: You're sitting down with your OBGYN mid-checkup, and they ask about your last cycle. You should definitely know this, but cannot for the life of you remember when your last period stopped, let alone when it started. The bouts of cramping and bloating are all a blur among visions of term papers and extracurriculars, so you end up tapping into your iPhone calendar for a mental refresh. Unfortunately, the best you can offer is a guesstimate.
Personally, the second my period subsides, I forget about it. At the same time, though, my type A personality keeps close tabs on my cycle: I have it down to the exact day I’m due to bleed, and when PMS symptoms will start kicking in (no joke, I start experiencing stomach cramps every Wednesday before my period like clockwork). For some women, though, their menstrual cycles are hardly by the book, which is where tracking apps come in. Here are a few of the best period tracking apps to download, so you can start keeping tabs on your menstrual cycle now.