With the constant busyness of our daily lives, having apps on hand to help diagnose certain issues is a life saver for women - especially mamas with so much on our plates every single day. With the rise in diagnoses of polycystic ovarian syndrome (PCOS), many women are paying more attention to their cycles in order to help identify if they are at risk. A new app is helping women do just that so that they can get the help that they need.
Clue, an app a built to track a woman’s monthly menstrual cycle, has been paying more and more attention to those with irregular periods, as this is a major sign of PCOS. The Berlin-based company aims to help women not only diagnoses, but lead her in the right direction to get the care that she needs.
If you are unfamiliar, PCOS is a disease that can sometimes be painful and put women at risk of infertility, diabetes, cardiovascular disease and endometriosis, among other issues. The reason that the app Clue is paying so much attention to irregular periods is because it is one of the most common indicators.
You might be thinking that there are plenty of other period tracking apps out there, what makes this one so different? The new feature called "irregular cycles" in Clue was built specifically to help identify what is causing the irregular periods to help identify PCOS.
Their website shares that combination of a questionnaire and “dynamic Bayesian network” is what is used to come up with the most useful questions to pinpoint what exactly is going on with your body.
Clue founder Ida Tin told TechCrunch, “A change, particularly when sudden, in one’s own usual cycle length pattern may be indicative of a health matter deserving of attention. For example, if a person typically has cycles 26-32 days in length and suddenly starts having cycles 20-25 days in length, then it is worth seeing a healthcare provider.”
Interestingly enough, the feature doesn't show up for everyone using the app, only those who the app recognized as having irregular periods. So far it has been rolled out to a test ground and “ff the users that received an assessment of potential PCOS, a significant portion reported visiting a healthcare professional for diagnosis within a month of the assessment,” Tin shares.