Has menopause got you down?  There's an app for that.

Has menopause got you down? There’s an app for that.

Brittany Barreto, Ph.D., is a podcaster, entrepreneur, and molecular and human geneticist. (In other words, she’s really smart.) She Read her column here every month to learn what’s happening in the world of technology and innovation in women’s health.

As if spontaneous hot flashes and unexpected weight gain weren’t enough for menopausal women, depression, anxiety, and irritability also often rear their ugly heads! The last thing women need when they’re at the height of their feminine wisdom is having to deal with all these distracting symptoms. But that’s how our bodies are wired, and if you’re feeling overwhelmed, you’re not alone. Luckily, these days, technology is stepping in to be your companion throughout the menopause journey.

Here are some menopause apps for women that focus on how you feel emotionally during perimenopause, the hormonal changes that lead to menopause, which is the one-year anniversary of your last period.

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1. Perimenopause app

There’s an app for everything out there, and now there are perimenopause apps too. Google “perimenopause apps” and you’ll notice that some have female names too — Star AND Perry. The latest to join the party: Olivia.

Olivia is a menopause symptom management tool that it uses cognitive behavioral therapy (CBT) techniques to improve the physical, mental and emotional symptoms of menopause.

The app offers expert-created CBT-based programs to address stress, disrupted sleep, low self-esteem, relationship issues, and more. Olivia’s symptom tracking feature allows users to identify triggers for mood changes. The app also offers a digital space for journaling and reflection. It’s like your high school diary 2.0. (Just one of many things puberty and menopause have in common. Who knew?)

2. Use data to support you

Unfortunately, there is no thermometer to measure how sad or anxious we are. So when women visit their healthcare providers expressing concerns about uncontrolled mood swings or unrelenting anxiety and the healthcare provider suggests a vacation or throws out a “Well, what did you expect? You’re in menopause!” it can leave you second guessing yourself. Unfortunately, medical gaslighting can happen to women seeking treatment for their very real symptoms.Sometimes having hard facts can be a great tool to get a doctor to take your symptoms more seriously.

Balance it’s a ORCHA certified (meaning it has digital health accreditation and has been checked by external medical experts), Apple award winner digital health tool that supports women through menopause. The app includes a period tracker (because obviously you still menstruating during perimenopause), virtual community support forum, logging tool for moods and medications, and the ability to download a health report.

Viewing data in your health report can reveal patterns and insights and help you feel confident when communicating with your healthcare provider. There are both free and paid versions of the app.

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3. Virtual Support Group

We often know when our emotions don’t match a situation. But when hormones fluctuate, we may not have much control over emotions like anger, sadness, or fear. If you occasionally experience these emotions, then a friendly support group may be the answer.

Slave is an app that virtually connects women going through similar menopause experiences for support. This peer mentoring community allows women grappling with the negative mental health effects of perimenopause to discover a group of other women who have been there, done it, or are even now experiencing it. Sometimes all we need are some reliable connections to help us feel less alone and lift our spirits.

4. Affordable psychiatry

If the emotional depths induced by perimenopause get too deep or last too long, it might be a good idea to seek help from a mental health professional. But how do you find a coach, therapist or psychiatrist who specializes in menopause? Or who has availability? LunaJoy can help you.

LunaJoy is an online telehealth platform that offers women-specific professional mental health services. Specialists include expertise in infertility, birth trauma, postpartum depression and, of course, menopause. You start by completing a short form on the type of support you are looking for and then you are matched with a Healthcare Professional (HCP) within 24 hours. Then you can schedule telehealth sessions. Bonus: LunaJoy participates with several insurance companies and is available in 20 states, with more on the way.

5. Every tool at your fingertips

Are you looking for a one-stop shop for all things perimenopause, including mental health advice? Well, the Swiss army knife, or in this case the app, is here. One is a digital health tool that combines artificial intelligence with expert medical guidance from the Mayo Clinic, providing a wide variety of support and solutions to women suffering from menopausal symptoms, from irritability to insomnia. The app includes a Mayo Clinic-powered hormone therapy decision support tool to see if hormone therapy (HT) is right for you, educational content written by experts, mental health check-in forms, telehealth capabilities with medical professionals specializing in menopause and symptom trackers that sync continuously with your wearables biometric monitoring.

Hot flash tracking app

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6. You deserve support

While much progress has been made in reducing the stigma around menopause over the past decade, largely because many influential women have told their menopause stories openly – many women still struggle with transitioning. Hopefully, innovations like these, coupled with ongoing training and support, can keep the progress going. And who knows? Perhaps the menopausal experience will look completely different 25 years from now than it does today.

The information on products and/or services contained in this column yes Not constitute any form of approval or recommendation from HealthyWomen. The links are provided as a convenience and for informational purposes only. Ther column may occasionally cover companies in which Brittany Barreto is an investor.

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