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Until a few months ago, I never tracked my menstrual cycle, nor did I know much about it. When I decided to start paying more attention to my cycle, I went through a lot of period-tracking apps, but none of them really appealed to me. I read an article about Clue (I don’t remember where, sorry) when it first came out and decided to give it a try.
Clue is aesthetically pleasing, easy to use, and extremely informative. It is designed to help you better understand your body, and it does a fantastic job.
I love Clue’s visuals because while there is a lovely calendar showing you your logged and estimated period and ovulation, Clue also presents your cycle as a cycle, which is how I’ve always visualized menstruation. Seeing it this way led to a greater understanding of how my cycle works; it starts with “the period” and ends with PMS.
Clue allows you to log your period (light, medium, heavy, or spotting), different types of pain related to your cycle (cramps, headaches, ovulation pain, tender breasts), sexual activity (unprotected, protected, withdrawal method, high sex drive), mood (happy, sensitive, sad, PMS), and cervical fluid (eggwhite, sticky, creamy, atypical). Clue also lets you type in your own notes to keep track of any patterns you notice that Clue doesn’t account for.
Clue also accounts for the fact that you may not know what some of those terms mean. How do I know what kind of cervical fluid this is? What does each kind mean? What does ovulation pain feel like and why does it happen? Clue answers all of these questions and more. This app not only lets you track your menstrual cycle but also provides you with facts and figures to help you better understand your body (while also reminding you that not all bodies are the same, so take any given information with a grain of salt). Bonus: all of the sources for Clue’s info are given to you in the app.
Lastly, Clue makes it easy to see what your average cycle looks like and explains how they found that average and how they use that average to estimate what your future cycles will look like. The one flaw with this, though, is that if you have an irregular period, the average is gonna be skewed because [insert Period Georg outlier joke here].
IN CONCLUSION, Clue is a lovely, informative app for tracking your menstrual cycle and if you find yourself going through a whole bunch of other apps trying to find your One True Period Tracker, give this a try. If you want to find out more, check out their official website and blog. I am in no way affiliated with Clue, but I have been using the app for several months, so if you have any questions, feel free to come to my ask box as well!