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When will your period start? These handy apps know

Far from bashfully mumbling that “Aunt Flow” is in town, girls in the U.S. are increasingly open to discussing their periods, and digitally savvy about how they monitor their menstrual cycles. There are hundreds of apps available to them dedicated to tracking flow, mood, cramps, and all of the other pleasantries associated with menstruation.

“When you see a technology that someone has developed specifically for you as a woman, it really legitimizes talking about your periods and thinking about them,” Shuangyi “E.E.” Hou, a digital product designer in San Francisco who uses a period tracker, told The New York Times.

The apps help many busy women and teens schedule their lives, assisting with among other things, the answer to that inevitable question from the doctor —  “when was the first day of your last menstrual period?” The apps can also be used to track ovulation, but most explicitly state that they’re not to be used as a reliable form of birth control.

Read the full story at the The New York Times.

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