I recently downloaded an app to track my cycles. I used to do this on a small paper calendar but I like the convenience of the app in my phone.
Here’s the part I enjoy the most:
Logging my moods.
But me being me I have complaints about this. 😛
First of all, the app doesn’t accurately describe my moods in its limited choices. I have only four options: happy, sad, sensitive, PMS
(I go through ALL of the above plus about 17 more (except PMS) in any given hour. Sheesh.)
I also have a problem accepting that PMS is categorized under emotions.
PMS is not an emotion. It includes a variety of emotions (moods), as well as other symptoms (like spotting, digestive issues, mental health issues such as anxiety, sleep problems like too much or too little (insomnia), cravings, crashes, and a whole range of other elements.)
Let’s look at emotions a little bit closer, shall we?
For the purpose of this topic in this post, I am focusing on women since we are talking about a menstrual tracking app.
But men have moods too. 😉 Since most of you men live with women, you are cordially invited to keep reading. 🙂
We go through an assortment of moods all day which can change at the flick of a switch without notice or seemingly viable explanations. Right?
Some of those are due to hormonal fluctuations, and others are caused by… oh, I don’t know…just name everyone in your life. 🙄
Case in point: most people have the capacity to annoy me at some point. 😛 Trick is to not let them, which is where I fail. But I digress…
The point here is, the app doesn’t take this little issue of having multiple, and equally manifested, moods in one day into consideration. It just wants to know if I had a happy day. Or a sad one.
On a typical day I may have had interspersed moments of happiness. Like at 6:55 – 7:10 while sipping my first coffee in a silent house. Mood = happy 😊
I was also happy at 11:45 am when my dog greeted me as I appeared at his house for our daily walk. That happiness lasted at least 45 minutes. Mood = happy 😘
I was happy again at various points throughout the day, say for example if I saw evidence someplace on the internet a friend left behind telling me he’s not dead and buried. Or when an email pops up from another friend in which she shares some entertaining fiasco in her current family life that makes me smile. Or when I take a bite of a delicious lunch, or create a little vase of flowers to put on my table, or when a kid empties the dishwasher without me having to harp on him…
But the rest of the day I jump around my emotions like some lunatic. I feel frustration (laundry, chores), exasperation (teenagers, family), worry (money, house, kids), anxiety (illness in family or pets), sadness (I miss you) or any other garden variety of moods one tends to experience throughout the day.
I can’t accurately depict how my emotional state was at the end of the day when I log my answers into the app. Even though I know they can’t possibly include an all-encompassing range, for practical purposes, I find their choices too limiting.
Maybe I need to check out other apps. I use Clue. Maybe others have a better focus on the emotional state related to a menstrual cycle than this particular app does.
Aside note: The primary purpose of these cycle tracking apps seems to be ovulation timing (for people who want to, or don’t want to, get pregnant). I am not really in that bracket. Can you imagine a baby in my house with my teens? OMG don’t even…😵
My purpose is to track my cycle for practicality (when is the period coming, am I going to crash during PMS or not, is the blood loss going to be minimal or murder scene volume, etc).
I think the app I’m using is ok for that but not accurate enough on the emotional side of things.
I may have to do some more research, and see if there is an app that tracks the needs of peri-menopausal women.
Tell me, are you using apps to track things? Doesn’t have to be about the female menstrual cycles.