Hey there! Here are two awesome FREE tools that have been making my life a lot easier lately, for those period-inclined and/or pregnancy-prone of you, or for those of you in relationships with one of these lovely people.
The first is a period tracker called Monthlyinfo that I’ve been using for several years now. It allows you to save the dates of your periods and other noteworthy events so that you have a continuous record (handy for those gyno visits), and after you have enough information entered, it will try to anticipate the rough date of your next period and ovulation. Then you can send cool notices to yourself like, “You have approximately 1 day until your next ovulation, so keep it PG-13!” or “Yo! You’re gonna start bleedin’ soon! Bring on the tampons!” or whatever your fleshy bits desire. The interface is easy to use and gives you a lot of freedom to use it how you want.
The second is scarleteen’s Birth Control Bingo, where you can answer a series of questions about your habits and lifestyle to narrow down which methods of birth control are best for you and your partner/s. It’s a helpful tool no matter how open or specific you are when it comes to choosing a birth control (BC) method: how reliable you are at taking pills, whether you can afford BC, what your religion/belief system is, whether you need a method that your partner/s are unaware of, etc. Then, once it’s narrowed down for you, you can read up in more depth on what your options are. While you’re over there, check out everything else that scarleteen has to offer for teens and young adults on sex-positive sex ed.
Happy sexualities : )