Menopause is the time in a woman's life when her menstrual period permanently stops. More precisely, a menopause is when a woman has not had her menstruation for one full year.
Menopause is often referred to as the "change of life" that occurs due to the decrease in production of estrogen and progesterone by the ovaries and that causes many emotional and physical changes, such as hot flashes, difficulty sleeping, memory problems, mood disturbances, vaginal dryness, and weight gain.
Many of these changes occur during perimenopause, which is a transitional period leading up to menopause when menstrual cycles can change and fertility decreases, and that may begin in the late thirties.
Each woman's experience during this transition is unique and no one can predict exactly what this experience will be. Some women may not have symptoms as they go through the menopause transition, while the quality of life of other women could be severely affected.
Tracking and journaling menopausal symptoms, their frequency and severity, as well as possible treatments can help women monitor the changes that occur during menopause and put them under control.
There are many mobile apps for menopause that work as diaries and symptom trackers to record and monitor hot flashes, night sweats, sleep pattern changes, palpitations, and more.
Here, we list some of the most popular menopausal apps.
MenoPro app is designed to help clinicians and women with menopausal symptoms work together to personalize treatment decisions based on the patient's symptoms, medical history, risk factors, and personal preferences, i.e. hormonal vs. non-hormonal treatment options.
The app works in two modes, one for health care providers and one for patients, to facilitate shared decision making.
It includes several calculators that calculate the risk of certain diseases, such as a 10-year cardiovascular disease risk score, breast cancer risk score, and osteoporosis/bone fracture risk assessment.
The app also provides educational materials for both providers and patients, including information pages on behavioral and lifestyle modifications to reduce the most common menopausal symptoms.
MenoPro app is available for free for Android and iOS.
Menopause View App
Menopause View is an app that has been designed to inform, educate, and ease the transition for women going through the menopause.
It works as a calendar that helps women record and track over 25 common menopause-related symptoms on a daily basis, remember when to take their medications, and stay organized thanks to the daily journal that allows adding photos and that can be shared.
Menopause View app also provides other useful tools such as period view, weight tracker, and blood pressure tracker, as well as the glossary with over 175 definitions for common terms associated with menopause, and blogs by women who have insight on various topics about menopause.
The app is free to download and use, currently on iOS only, while the Android version is planned to be released soon.
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Vergo Menopause Symptom Tracker
Vergo Menopause Symptom Tracker app helps women track challenging symptoms and emotions caused by fluctuating hormones in perimenopause and menopause.
It is a simple tool that allows users to record and track the frequency and intensity of menopausal symptoms, which also generates can create a weekly report that can be emailed to the healthcare provider for an informed conversation about menopausal symptoms.
The app respects users' privacy and it's free of ads. It can be downloaded for free, however, only on iOS.
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The Hot Years - My Menopause Magazine App
The Hot Years: My Menopause Magazine is the premier source of authoritative, easy to understand information for women in perimenopause, menopause and beyond, which is also available as a free mobile app.
It provides the latest news and information on menopause and its symptoms, general women's wellness, weight control, fitness, nutrition, fashion, recipes, painful sex, natural menopause supplements, and more for women in menopause.
The information is provided in a form of articles, videos, as well as the interviews with top menopause experts.
The app is available for iOS only.
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My Menopause Magazine App
Women who use Android devices could download and try My Menopause Magazine app, which is a perfect alternative to The Hot Years app.
Similarly, My Menopause Magazine app delivers the latest articles, videos, and information about perimenopause, menopause, symptoms, treatments, and more with an important emphasis on body, mind, and spirit.
The app is available for free download on Google PlayStore.
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Women in perimenopause and menopause could also benefit from a regular period tracker that could help them track their menstrual cycle.
One of the best apps for this purpose is Clue, a period and ovulation tracker that uses science to help women discover the unique patterns in their cycle.
The app personalizes the experience for each user and it covers the most important aspects of the menstrual cycle, including moods, pain, bleeding, cervical fluids, medications, activity, appointments, and much more.
The app's highlights are Cycle Science section that provides well-referenced educational information about the period, fertile window, body, and more, as well as Clue Connect section, which allows women to connect with other app users or invite friends to compare each other's past, current or predicted periods, fertile windows and PMS.
The Clue app is available for free for Android and iOS.