The new period tracker app, Ruby, might just change your life. Like other period apps, Ruby will let you know when your next period will arrive, but that's only a fraction of its features. Requiring a proactive effort on your part, the app will notify you each month about when you can expect things like mood swings, breast pain, headaches or cravings for peanut butter M&M's.
The proactive part is putting your PMS symptoms in Ruby, so the app remembers each month when your mood swings will surface. Instead of your boyfriend or bestie telling you that you're being a big b**tch, you can rely on your Ruby app to send you a push notification that reads something like, "REMINDER: You're going to be a huge pain in the a** for the next week."
What's even cooler is that the app encourages women to be more aware of their health and bodies. It baffles me when I read statistics about how many women don't get their yearly annual well woman exam, but it's understandable because it's a scary appointment. My mother stressed my going every year, so to me, it's just a part of every July - time for my annual! But for women who never attended the doctor when they were young or were never informed to do so, they are missing out on an easy proactive measure to prevent serious illnesses like cervical cancer. This is part of the bigger problem Ruby is trying to solve.
Living a more aware lifestyle when it comes to personal health is on-trend in the tech community, with apps like Planned Parenthood's Direct, which provides at-home STD testing. Continuing the theme of "if you never get tested, you never get treated," Ruby empowers women to take control of their body and live an informed lifestyle where going to the doctor isn't scary, but an action to living a longer, healthier life.
Here are other lifestyle apps to try, all empowering you to take control of your health and body: Clue, Symple and My Diet Coach.