Going through menopause is the natural course of events. While this will happen to every woman, traditionally there has been little conversation surrounding it. Some women only know they are menopausal because they stop having menstrual cycles, while other women have bothersome symptoms like brain fog, hot flushes, and overall just not feeling right. No matter how it happens for you, there are readily accessible tools and resources available to make the transition smoother and easier to understand. Besides medications, therapies, and lifestyle changes, one increasingly popular method of managing menopause is through mobile apps. Here are some of the more popular apps out there that will help you handle your menopause.
Caria is a popular menopause management app for iOS devices. The app allows you to track your symptoms to monitor your health over time, gives you menopause-friendly recipes and workout routines, and lets you connect with other women via an online question-and-answer forum and discussion hub.
The monthly subscription fee is $5.99 and the annual subscription fee is $47.99.
Download Caria on the Apple App Store. (4.6/5 stars)
Health & Her
Health & Her takes a different approach to menopause management. It includes several alternative techniques to treat various symptoms of menopause, such as cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) for hot flashes, night sweats, and depression. There’s also guided imagery meditation for insomnia and deep breathing for stress and anxiety.
Don’t worry if you feel a bit overwhelmed by everything included. All of the exercises in the Health & Her app are guided, meaning you don’t have to figure everything out on your own.
Health & Her also offers the standard symptom tracking tools as well as a menstrual cycle monitor for perimenopausal women. The app is free to use, but various “clinically proven” supplements and menopause products are available to purchase through the Health & Her website.
Download Health & Her on Google Play. (4.5/5 stars)
Going through menopause can be alienating. Many women feel that they have no one to connect with or relate to during this natural but demanding time in their lives. Perry aims to change this–through female-exclusive chat groups where women can share their experiences and get advice.
The app’s interface is similar to that of other social media sites like Facebook or Twitter, so new members will feel right at home. Users can post status updates and even like or comment on other members’ posts. But Perry differs from conventional social media in that it offers an expert-led menopause discussion panel within the app as well as articles and tutorials on the subject.
Perry is free to use. Download it on the Apple App Store. (4.9/5 stars)
Balance was founded by Dr. Louise Newsom, a physician who specializes in the treatment of menopause, and was awarded Bionow’s 2021 Product of the Year award. Balance app is personalized and displays medically approved content based on the woman’s goals, symptoms, interests, and previous interactions. Specialists and doctors in the menopause space have come together to help women optimize their mental health & wellbeing, nutrition & weight management, sexual health & pelvic floor, sleep, physical health and skin & hair. There is also an opportunity to participate in live sessions with Dr. Newsom.
Balance is available for iOS devices for free. Download Balance from the Apple app store. (4.8/5 stars)
Written by Natan Rosenfeld and Karyn Eilber, MD