World Menopause Day on October 18 is marked to help raise awareness of the health conditions associated with the menopause.
Technology can offer some help to women in menopause through apps that give information and advice, log changes to the menstrual cycle and even control your air conditioning to help you combat hot flushes.
What is the menopause?
The menopause is defined as the time when a woman stops having her periods and is consequently no longer able to get pregnant naturally. Hormonal changes that accompany the menopause result in physical and psychological symptoms which, according to NHS Choices, can include hot flushes, night sweats, difficulty sleeping and anxiety.
Here are the best apps to help you through the menopause.
Clue isn’t a specific app for women around the menopause but it is a highly rated app for tracking your period. Produced by a Berlin start-up it has a 4.7/5 rating on the Play Store from over 360,000 users.
There are 28 tracking categories including period, cramps, emotions, skin and cravings. By giving the app this information you can see what patterns are occurring while you’re going through the menopause and your periods are becoming less frequent.
The Menopause View app is designed to help women who are going through the menopause by giving information about the changes happening to them. There is also a calendar to help track symptoms and medications, and a journal so you can document how you feel and see what patterns emerge.
There’s a glossary with over 175 definitions for words associated with the menopause to educate users.
Operating system: iOS
As one of the symptoms of the menopause is hot flushes, one company can help you keep cool with its air conditioner products. Evapolar’s devices allow for personalised and immediate temperature control as they connect to your smartphone through Amazon Alexa. Its devices monitor a four-metre-square area around them to create a comfortable microclimate at home or in work.
One of its products, evaSMART (£272) is also portable so you can keep cool around your home and charge it via an USB port. It can be controlled using the Evapolar App or a handheld remote.