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Tech hasn’t at all times been female-friendly – however a brand new wave of apps is altering that. From contraception to exercises, listed here are those Guardian writers swear by

Apps are finally becoming – a bit – more women-focused.

Apps are lastly turning into – a bit – extra women-focused. Photograph: Guardian Design Team / Ellen Wishart

Back in 2014, Apple launched HealthKit, an app that permit individuals hold observe of an enormous array of well being and health knowledge – the whole lot from blood alcohol ranges and sodium consumption to physique temperature. What you couldn’t observe, nonetheless, was your interval. Not 1 particular person at Apple had stopped to suppose a interval tracker is perhaps helpful. And that’s as a result of Apple, like most tech corporations, is dominated by myopic males.

Four years later, feminine engineers are nonetheless very a lot a minority in Silicon Valley. However, progress is slowly being made and the way forward for tech is wanting decidedly extra female-friendly. Take the courting app Bumble, for instance, which was began by Tinder co-founder Whitney Wolfe Herd and has been designed with a women-centric interface. When 2 customers of the alternative intercourse match on Bumble, the lady should ship the primary message, bucking the conference that males make the primary transfer. Focusing on ladies has paid off; Bumble had a stellar 2017 and is valued at greater than $1bn ($710m). And Bumble is only one of a rising variety of apps designed with ladies in thoughts. From pedicure-scheduling to confidence-boosting to pill-planning, in the case of a feminine want, there’s now usually an app for that. Here, Guardian writers suggest a few of their favourites. Arwa Mahdawi

Did I take Monday? myPill will tell you.

Did I take Monday? myPill will inform you. Photograph: myPill

myPill

iOS, Android

Even if you happen to’re fortunate sufficient to not be emotionally debilitated by the hormonal surges of the contraceptive tablet, you continue to need to cope with the waves of panic that include forgetting to pop it. iPhone reminders and alarms can too simply be swiped away into the ether, or change into a supply of office-disrupting embarrassment. But myPill not solely fires off silent reminders, it continues to indicate notifications after you’ve dismissed them. The digital packet permits you to mark off the drugs you’ve taken, which means you may verify whether or not you actually did take “Monday” or just imagined it (it occurs), in addition to having the ability to visualise the month forward. Rachel Aroesti

Clementine

iOS

Most of the time, my anxiousness is a low-level background noise – I can often ignore it. But on notably tense days, my anxious ideas can appear deafening, which is the place the hypnotherapy app Clementine is available in. It is pitched as a repair “for the modern woman”; it’s under no circumstances a cure-all, however the “confidence boost” session can work a appeal. It asks you to think about what success would appear like and prompts you to work in direction of it, moderately than getting slowed down eager about what might go mistaken. At simply 5 minutes lengthy, this session can be straightforward to combine into on a regular basis life. Similarly, the “take a breather” session has prevented many probably regrettable selections being made in a frenzy of stress; I simply click on play and inside 5 minutes, I’m feeling level-headed once more. Coco Khan

Workout for Women

iOS, Android

Many ladies felt extra indignant than normal final yr, and I used to be no totally different. I forged about for a bodily outlet and located an app known as Workout for Women. It gives a mix of cardio and body-weight workout routines, with the additional benefit you could disguise away at residence as you puff via your press-ups.

‘You can donkey kick and squat while your phone talks to you’ (Posed by model)

‘You can donkey kick and squat while your phone talks to you’ (Posed by mannequin) Photograph: Hero Images/Getty Images/Hero Images

You can donkey kick and squat whereas a voice out of your smartphone retains you from mendacity down and wheezing. Since utilizing it, my endurance for these horrible workout routines has shot up – ignore the marginally doubtful “bikini body” title of 1 problem and it’s pleasingly robust.
Of course, you possibly can do these strikes with out an app, however I’m half sheep and want the bossy orders and digital encouragement. I really feel stronger and it’s addictive. Bella Mackie

Clue

iOS, Android

As with a variety of my mates, my interval used to take me abruptly each month. Despite 20 years of menstrual bleeding, I by no means had any concept when mine was due. But the period-tracking app Clue has modified my life. Over the course of some months, it will get to know your cycle – you enter which dates you’re bleeding – and predicts when your subsequent interval is due. It can observe your vitality stage, urge for food, pores and skin, digestion – and it may inform you whenever you’re most fertile. I’ve deliberate holidays round it. Carmen Fishwick

Treatwell

iOS, Android

“Meeting cancelled, manicure scheduled,” reads one among Treatwell’s many taglines – and whereas this hair-and-beauty reserving app isn’t solely for girls, the advertising and marketing and design is skewed that means.

All essential, not always easy to come by … Treatwell.

All important, not at all times straightforward to come back by … Treatwell. Photograph: Treatwell

Aside from the power to make appointments rapidly and (fortunately) discreetly, the app additionally encourages consumer critiques – creating the suggestions that ladies have relied on different ladies to offer since time immemorial. Through it, I’ve discovered distinctive threading artists, discounted LED facials and waxers who don’t double-dip (all important and never at all times straightforward to come back by), often inside strolling distance of wherever I occur to be. Leah Harper

Hormone Horoscope

iOS, Android

Do you utilize horoscopes for clues on whom to snog and when? Does your interval dictate when your subsequent tantrum is due? This is me. This is how I found Hormone Horoscope. The app tracks the place you’re in your menstrual cycle and gives info and recommendation primarily based on the physique’s hormone ranges. Day eight? More oestrogen. Beware: you’re in all probability going to purchase one thing you may’t afford. Day 23? Bound to be feeling unstable. I’m unsure I’d plan my life by it (that’s reserved for astrology), however it does present context to the highs and the lows, and it has helped me to grasp my physique higher. Amelia Abraham

Skin Matters

iOS

There’s a variety of buzz across the concept of elimination in magnificence – parabens and sulphates being the principle betes noires – however it’s onerous to know the place to start. This nerdy app is designed by facialist Joanne Evans and explains which components to look out for, which to keep away from and why. All you do is give your age, gender and pores and skin kind. It’s fairly fundamental, doesn’t permit for different components (resembling your heritage or household historical past) and directs you in direction of Evans’ merchandise. But there are greater than 2,000 components listed, most of which I hadn’t heard of, and the explainers are fairly complete, making it a good newbie’s information to what’s what if you happen to’re trawling via the small print in Boots. Plus, you may change your profile relying on how your pores and skin feels at any given time. Morwenna Ferrier

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