Tracking your menstrual cycle is a great thing. Personally, I used a hand-held “computer” called “Rabbit” back in the day when I was trying to get pregnant. I have to assume that it worked, since I did indeed get pregnant. Later I used it to avoid getting pregnant, and then used it once more to get pregnant a second time. So, I understand how wonderful it is when you can track certain things with absolute accuracy. No more writing information down and tracking it yourself, which if you’re as mathematically challenged as I am was a huge pain in the a**. It was also extremely accurate since you took your temperature every morning and it was recorded immediately so you knew exactly what was what.
Now in the world of apps, all you do is download a pregnancy/menstrual tracker onto your phone and off you go. However, the news has come out that if your employer has offered the app to you as part of your health and wellness, they may well be tracking your menstrual cycle and/or your pregnancy journey. The Washington Post reported that the app called Ovia is sharing your information with your employer. Now, they claim that your identity is shielded, however, Human Resources would probably be able to target who is who by how pregnant you are. Employees are being cautioned about how much and what they share on these apps. Also, when downloading apps, don’t forget that they are free for a reason. Somehow your data is making someone money. Do be aware about what you share. (Nice rhyming, no?)
Do you use these apps? How does this information make you feel? Let me know in the comments below.