Track You Life {Tech Tuesday}

July 16, 2013

Hey ladies of MS!  It’s Kayla from Keeping Up With Kayla.  I want to share with you a “techie” app that I think some of you might find beneficial, even though it is sort of a touchy subject most women try to steer clear of discussing.

If you read my blog then you might remember where I posted about having issues and feeling overwhelmed after swapping my birth control.  If you missed that, then the long story short is that I was feeling less than myself and constantly swinging from one mood to the next.  I was always in a state of confusion/anger/sadness/etc.  I didn’t know from one moment to another if I was going to be happy or sad.  My family, my friends, my co-workers, and my poor fiance had about as much of me as they could stand, with reason.

I took it upon myself and made an appointment with my doctor.  We talked over the issues I was having, and she suggested I start an anxiety pill.  She didn’t know if it was the pill alone, or if it was a combination of the pill and my upcoming wedding stress that had me so out of balance, but something definitely needed to be done to fix what was going on with me.

I started on Celexa and saw an immediate improvement in my mood and daily life.  My fiance, Brian, told me he could see the change in me quickly too.  It was the best decision I’ve made, even though I’m not really big on being on medications.

However, with the change of my birth control and the added anxiety pill, I got really irregular with my period.  Now, I know all you ladies know the discomfort of not having a good handle on that tender moment of the month.  I knew I wanted to keep up with my mood swings, flow, and other various symptoms during all this so I could report it back to my doctor at my check-up.

I was already using an app called Period Tracker.  There is a free “lite” version, and also the Deluxe version.  I have the Deluxe, but used the free for quite awhile to make sure it was something I really could use. I have had it for close to two years and absolutely love it…and recommend it to anyone who wants something of this nature.  You can record various things in this app such as when your menstrual cycle begins/ends, the flow, the mood, the amount of discomfort, bloating, etc.  Anything associated with that time of the month can be found in this app.

If you are trying for a child, this app also tells you which days you are ovulating and when you are most fertile.  And probably my favorite thing about the app- you can look ahead in the calendar section and if you are planning a vacation, (or in my case a wedding!), you can make sure you won’t be on your period during the event.  This has been pretty accurate in my case.  And during all the changes I’ve been through lately, it has definitely helped me and my doctor better understand what was going on inside me.

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This is what the app will look like once you open it.  It will show you how many days are left and your projected date.

I know this is something not many women feel comfortable discussing or even acknowledging, but please make sure you are taking care of yourself and keeping track of things.  If you were to go into a doctor’s office and this information was needed, you would have it at your fingertips.  Easy peasy.

Also, I should mention, there is a passcode you can turn on for this app so anyone else using your cell phone can’t just open your information.

Hope this is helpful!  I have used this for close to two years and I love it.



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