Menstruation is a significant aspect of a woman’s life. The majority of women begin to menstruate during puberty and continue until the age of menopause. Charting one’s cycle is an effective way of predicting the start date of flow as well as noting any symptoms and changes to one’s body. The traditional way of doing this is on a twelve month calendar; however, in the age of technology, women have begun to use mobile applications to track their monthlies. It would seem natural for the majority of these applications to be gender based considering that men do not menstruate. A new company, however, has decided that this should not be the case.
What is the result of “a bunch of [twenty] something year old nerdy gay guys who want to do something cool for the LGBT community tech-wise” creating an app? The gender neutral MCALC is born.
MCALC is a menstrual calculator that can be used by men, women, transgender and gender queer individuals without suffering from gender bias as they would while using other menstruation calculator applications.
“We understand that sex and gender identity are not the same, because of this, we designed our app so it can be used by almost everyone,” the application description reads in the Google Play store. “MCALC is 100% gender neutral and it won’t assume anything from you while using it.”
A few of the features include a sex mode which decreases one’s risks of becoming pregnant “while having sex for fun” as well as a baby mode which increases one’s chances of becoming pregnant once they’ve planned to do so. Users will also be reminded to purchase feminine products as well as when they are ovulating.
Although a seemingly good idea, the application has not received many positive reviews.
In a review in the Google Play Store, Morgan Gorst complained that the app simply does not work.
“It’s a good idea, but none of the statistics save so it can’t really track my cycle,” she said. “I tried to change it from kilograms to pounds, for example, and it doesn’t save. I would love to use this app if it actually functioned.”
Stephanie Reyes echoed many of the same sentiments.
“It’s a fantastic idea, but to be honest it’s buggy: incredibly so,” she said. “No matter what age you put in, the maximum weight limit is always at 150: kilograms or pounds. They do have an option to key in your weight, but when you move on to another category it always resets to 150. Another issue is that when I went to put in the last period I had, the dates were shoved together back to back: for instance, the default date is April 3rd, 2013. When I hit clear, the date stayed on the screen and when I tried to replace it, it ended up looking like this: 2013-08-222013-04-03, just so you get an idea of what it looks like. I was really excited when I downloaded it, but I haven’t even gotten past the first initial page.”
Of the eight or so reviews, none of the users are satisfied with the product. The creators have addressed this as an issue related to the product being in BETA and suggest that the reported ‘bugs’ are to be expected at this stage. For more information about this product log onto sexmind.com
Some are thrilled with the concept of MCALC and do not mind the wait for an updated gliche-free version; however, for those who are simply trying to get an accurate calculation for the menstrual cycles without regard to the gender neutrality of it all, there are other apps available. One of the most used in Google Play is Period Calender/Tracker. It has been downloaded by more than 10 million android users and has received positive reviews by Health & Fitness in more than 25 countries. The app is free to users.