This weekend, the Saraswati (or Ayudha) puja takes place across India. As per the mythological stories, it was on this day (29th September) that the Goddess Saraswati created powerful weapons to kill the demon named ‘Magishasuran’. The weapons were then considered to be Holy and people began to worship them. The Puja in the South of India is considered a meaningful custom, which focuses specific attention to one’s profession and its related tools and connotes that a divine force is working behind it to perform well. In other parts of India, the focus is on Saraswati as the Goddess of knowledge.
As times have changed and as technology has become such an integral part of India’s culture, so ‘tools’ like computers as also celebrated in this puja.
So in that spirit, we at Eco Femme would like to give combined thanks to our ‘tools of the trade’ and to the Goddess of knowledge by sharing our favourite period tracking apps as used by members of our team. 😉
Clue – Nikethana uses this app:
- “I have been using Clue for 6 months now and I’m quite happy with it. I like the design and aesthetic of the app – I particularly appreciated the lack of pink, flowers and butterflies! The app is very easy to use – minimal and functional. I like the detailed data it presents me about my cycle. The only aspect I miss is that it does not display the current moon phases along with my cycle.”
Maya – Harishini & Jessamijn are using this.
- Harishini: “Love this app! Period tracking has become much easier for me now. Pretty accurate predictions for bleeding time. Have been using it for almost 2 years since it used to be called LoveCycles. With a little training data set for few days, it is able to predict exact mood and behavior for the day. Including predictions for mood changes & physical changes that really relieves a lot of anxiety.”
- Jessamijn: “I just started with Maya but it’s design is cute, it is simple. It asks you what purpose (whether you want to follow your fertility, want to become pregnant, want to track your cycle and health…) you want to use it for, which I think is interesting. So far so good!”
My Days – Kalvi uses this app:
- “I have been using this app for nearly 1 year and half. I am very happy with it. I know the exact date of my ovulation and my menstruation. I am very satisfied with it. It helps to understand my body more than ever!”
Period Tracker – Laura and Celia use this app.
- Laura: “I’ve used this app for around 2 years now. My period started early after having my youngest son (despite breastfeeding!) and I wanted to see how regular my cycle would be post partum. This was the first app I found and tried but I found it so user friendly that I never tried another one. It has flowers appear when you are at your most fertile which is useful – if a bit pink and girly – and has space for recording other notes, moods and when you have been intimate which is useful if you were trying to conceive.”
- Celia: “I’ve used this app for 1 and a half years. Before I never tracked my cycle, so now I’m more prepared! I now notice some changes in the week before my period (you can register physical changes in this app). It automatically predicts your period and cycle length. I’ve also learned my cycle is less regular than I thought!”
We hope this gives a useful guide to what apps are being used at EF HQ. Which app do you use? Why do you recommend it? Please do share them with us!
Wishing a happy Saraswati puja to all who celebrate it!