Should I encourage my teenage daughter to track her 'cycles' on an app?
Is this a good habit to get into? I wish my mom had shown me this stuff.
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I think it depends on your daughter. If worrying about her cycles is giving her a headache, and she keeps getting caught out, then I would encourage her to keep track. I'm not sure I'd do this through an app though, just because most of them are geared around 'fertility' and I wouldn't want to normalise ideas of ovulation and fertile days before a certain age. If she is of a sexually-active age, I think that this can create incorrect ideas about what it is 'safe' and that can lead to disaster.
Anyway, I would encourage her to make a note in her diary (either paper based or on her phone) and perhaps you could make a note as well, so you know when to predict things and make sure she has supplies etc.
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I totally depend on the PTracker app to track my cycles. It's been very helpful especially if I have to show the last 6 months of log cycle to the doctor. I do recommend it.
But I understand Holly's concerns in the above answer. May be you can talk to her first, and explain her the 'features' before she starts using it.
Although I think Monthly Info (web based, sorry) is a good alternative to other 'fertility focussed apps'. She just has to set her dates and they will send her a reminder email every month.