Endometriosis Symptom Tracking: Endo Apps Put to The Test
When it comes to endometriosis, even the smallest thing can make the difference between a manageable day and a terrible day. What’s more is that it is very difficult to actually pinpoint what those specific things might be. Is it hormones? Diet? Medication? Exercise? Or perhaps it is some random combination of everything. Endometriosis symptom tracking is no joke, so I thought I’d complete a little test to see if there was an app out there that can make it a little easier.
Endometriosis symptom tracking
I believe it is so important to keep track of every little thing so you can figure out what works for you. This will allow you to manage your disease. And technology can help, but only if it works the way we need it to. It needs to be detailed, without being overwhelming, and easy to access. And bonus points if it can “easily” be shared with your doctor.
So I tried a few different apps which were designed for us with endometriosis in mind. I tested one each month for 3 months. Luckily, there are quite a few apps available, no matter if you use Apple or Android products. And there are also some that have specific goals (such as tracking fertility or perimenopause) in relation to endometriosis as well.
Hands down, Flutter wins for most detailed, most resources, and most extensive in terms of available information. If you experience it, then you can track it with this app. Whether you have been diagnosed like me for many years, or if you are still wondering if you might actually have endometriosis, this app is ideal for many different stages in your endometriosis journey in my experience.
Despite its many advantages, there may be a few things to also be aware of. Because of its vast array of information and resources, some might feel a bit overwhelmed by the sheer extensiveness of the capabilities of the app. In addition, sometimes tracking each and every little thing can become a bit cumbersome and I’ll be honest, there were quite a few days when I avoided logging anything at all because it just felt like it was all becoming a bit “much”.
This was my favorite middle of the road app and overall app, even with its $4.99 price tag. It was enough to allow me to have information and tracking at my fingertips, without feeling overwhelmed by the whole process. Not only that, it was also able to use the information that I entered to attempt to make forecasts and relationships with the information.
In addition, I felt that it was reasonably easy to also export this information into spreadsheets. This allows me (and my doctor) to evaluate real, actual, hard evidence supporting what I experience month to month. Plus, it allowed me to see a specific cause and effect relationship between my headaches and hormones that I had previously missed.
If I had one drawback (and if I’m being a bit nit picky), I’d have to say that I wasn’t a fan of the color scheme. Dumb, I know. But some of the other apps just had a calmer feel and more of a zen, modern vibe that I enjoyed.
MyFLO is an app that centers around an entire lifestyle evaluation. It is related to a program called FLOLiving that claims to look at the “big picture”, so to speak. It uses the app to track hormonal changes that are based in large part on food choices and the changes in your cycle as a result of hormonal shifts. In addition, this app has the option to loop your partner into the changes in your hormonal cycles. Thus, opening a means of communication with your partner about what you are experiencing because of your endometriosis.
The big downside for this app certainly centered around the fact that in order to see results, you would need a certain amount of commitment. It is a lifestyle change. And it is a comprehensive approach to managing endometriosis and the hormones that go with it. Not to mention that a great deal of it is based on the relationship between gut health and your hormones. Perhaps if that’s not something that you are experiencing or think would apply to you, then you might want to pass on this one.
What about you? Have you tried any apps that you feel deserve special mention or perhaps ones that were total letdowns and not worth ever opening again? Let us know!
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