Life is busy. As women we tend to take care of all those around us, our partners, children and often aging parents. With the time left, if any, we care for ourselves. Often, that means our own needs - physical, emotional and spiritual - go by the wayside. But taking care of yourself is important and with the help of your phone or tablet, you can keep track of your health and take a few minutes out of your busy day to relax.
The following apps can help:
Period Tracker Lite - At the beginning of your period each month, hit a button. This app will keep track of your period start date, estimate when your next period will start and even give you an idea of when you are most fertile. Available for iPhone, iPad and Android. This app is free.
Breast Self-Exam - This app allows you to record the results of a breast self-exam so you can share what you found with your doctor. Available for iPhone and iPad and costs $0.99.
Breast Test - Free on Android, this app provides instructions for performing regular self-exams with reminders to make sure you do self-exams on a regular basis.
myPill Birth Control Reminder - An app that reminds you every day to take your pill. If you stop for a week during your period, the app will stop with you and then start back up when it is time to start taking the pill again. It is available for iPhone, iPad and Android and is free.
52 Weeks for Women’s Health - From the National Institutes of Health, this app gives you practical health information, delivered right to your phone each week. Available for free on iPhone, iPad and Android.
Simply Being - This guided imagery relaxation app has been recommended by NY Times, Self Magazine, Yoga Journal and the Huffington Post. It has different guided meditations, with options for 5-, 10-, 15- or 20- minutes so you can choose the option best for you even if you only have 5 minutes. It costs $0.99 and is available for Android, IPhone and iPad.
AskMyOBGYN - Over 1,000 questions about pregnancy and non-pregnancy related health issues. You can filter and search different topics and concerns such as labor pains, birth control, pregnancy. Available for iPhone, iPad for $0.99.
Pregnancy Calculator - This app lets you calculate your due date from your last period, date of conception or early ultrasound results. It has a fertility calendar if you are trying to get pregnant and a pregnancy check, giving you an estimated gestational age of your baby. Free for Android.
iPregnancy - Helps you track doctor’s appointments and stages of your growing baby. You can keep a diary of your pregnancy and add photos of your belly along the way. You can search baby names and learn about your baby’s development. Available for iPhone and iPad for $3.99.
Sexual Health Guide -An app with information on all aspects of sexual health including myths about sex, birth control and contraception, safe sex practices, STDs and current news. It is free and available for iPhone, iPad and Android.
Explore Women’s Sex - An educational app all about a woman’s anatomy including graphic pictures and tips on what is sexually arousing. Free for iPhone and iPad.
STD Triage - If you are worried about whether a spot or lesion might be an STD, this app lets you take a picture of it and send it to a doctor for review. Gonorrhea and Chlamydia don’t have any visual symptoms but STDs like syphilis, genital warts and herpes do. The app can let you know if you have nothing to worry about or if you need to contact your doctor for treatment. Free for iPhone and iPad.
Eileen Bailey is a freelance health writer. She is the author of What Went Right: Reframe Your Thinking for a Happier Now, Idiot’s Guide to Adult ADHD, Idiot’s Guide to Cognitive Behavioral Therapy, Essential Guide to Overcoming Obsessive Love, and Essential Guide to Asperger’s Syndrome. She can be found on Twitter @eileenmbailey and on Facebook at eileenmbailey.