Almost immediately after the U.S. Supreme Court overturned Roe vs. Wade, the internet has exploded with advice and strategies for surviving in a post-Roe world, from where to get Plan C (abortion) pills to urgent calls to scrap period-tracking apps. The concern with the latter, it seems, is that the data could be filed against users in states where abortion is illegal or severely regulated.
I have ADHD and have been using a period tracker app for a long, long time. Being able to digitally track my period hasn’t changed my life. It also meant tracking — and managing — my ADHD symptoms.
I know, for example, that I’m going to have a particularly bad brain day about six days before my period. I also know that I’m going to be particularly impulsive around ovulation. This data, and much more, is vital to me and informs me about how I plan my days and manage all aspects of my life – without exaggeration.
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So I just can’t afford to delete my period tracker app.
I know what you’re thinking: can’t you just follow all of this on paper?
I can’t. I’ve tried paper-and-pencil methods countless times, and failed miserably. I felt bad and scolded myself every time I forgot to write something. (“It’s not that hard! It only takes two seconds,” I thought to myself). Applications and digital tools are the only elements that have made the difference.
The ability to just enter a start date for my period and let the app figure out the rest helps. Being able to wear a Bluetooth thermometer around my arm at night to track my ovulation—and not having to think about taking my temperature in the morning before my brain turns on—helps.
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Some apps may promise stronger security and privacy measures than others, especially in light of the Supreme Court’s ruling, but it’s not that easy to stop using a method that has worked well. worked all this time and move on to another.
Even if these concerns are unfounded, it is infinitely frustrating that I am on edge and cannot expect privacy in this area after the Supreme Court’s stunning reversal on abortion rights. . I am so, so sad. And heartbroken. And disappointed.
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