Vibrators aren’t the only way technology has made being a woman so much easier and more fun. Your phone can be used for so much more than just sending your friends hilarious memes and playing music – it can also be your personal assistant, bookkeeper and legal adviser. These are the best free apps out there for making existing less exhausting:
There are lots of period-tracking apps on the market but Clue is the most user-friendly and aesthetically pleasing one. The home screen is a graphic of your cycle, showing when your period is due, when your PMS is due and even your fertile window, if that’s what you’re into. You can also log other relevant health information like your state of mind, how much sleep you are getting and your sex drive. It’s a great way to keep in touch with your body and track your personal health.
Money between friends can get messy. Instead of keeping a mental record of all the times you bought toilet paper for the house, or silently seethed because your BFF hasn’t paid you back for when you loaned her cash but you feel too awkward to bring it up, get your friends and housemates on Splitwise. Every time money is loaned or cocktails are all put on someone’s card, put it on Splitiwse immediately and no-one will ever feel short-changed again.
You probably have Uber already but if you don’t, you need to get on it (or another taxi ordering service). Getting into an unmarked cab might be easy and sometimes cheaper but it’s not worth the risk to your personal safety. Make sure that when you’re getting around in a cab your whereabouts and the details of your driver can be tracked.
As women, personal safety is something we are always thinking about in the back of our mind, especially in South Africa. Take the ‘Text me when you’re home safe’ up a notch and download Companion. Type in your destination, add a ‘companion’ or two from your address book (they don’t have to have the app to be included) and set off on your journey. If you start going in the wrong direction, arrive late or suddenly start running, the app will detect this and ask you if you’re okay. If you don’t respond they send a message to your selected companions, who also get a notification when you arrive home safely.
If the Pill is your method of contraception, you know how important it is to take it at the same time every day. MyPill sends you a reminder every day to make forgetting to pop it impossible. It also offers you the chance to track your symptoms and lets you know exactly how protected you are RN based on how good you’ve been about taking the Pill on time.
Let’s not kid ourselves – we all love Superbalist. Instead of sifting through the 15 e-mails an hour you get from them when you subscribe to their list, just download the app. You can turn on push notifications so you will be the first to know when that leopard-print jacket you’ve been looking at goes on sale. They also have app exclusive sales, plus you get R250 off your first purchase after downloading it.
The police are supposed to be who you can rely on to stay safe, but sadly South Africa doesn’t have a great track record for this. LegalMate was recently launched by two Wits students to educate citizens on their rights in our country. It’s likely you don’t realise how little you know about your rights, and having this app in your back pocket is going to come in handy no matter how law-abiding you are. It will tell you information you need to know to protect yourself, including what is correct protocol at a road block, how to interact with a policeman, how to report a crime and navigating the small-claims court.
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