An app for women who are perimenopausal or menopausal.
What does the app do?
The Menopause View app is mainly a tracking app where users can track menopause-related symptoms (such as anxiety, bladder issues, mood changes, hot flushes, etc) and medications. The medication tracking feature links to a medication selection list that is based on American medication names. Some, but not all, of the medicines are relevant to a New Zealand audience. In addition, users can create journal entries and track other aspects like weight and blood pressure. The app has a glossary for medical terms, and the blog section links to interesting articles about menopause.
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✔ Tracks the user’s period, menopause symptoms, medications, blood pressure and weight
✔ Graphing to view trends
✔ Fertile period calculation
✔ Can keep a daily journal
✔ Glossary section for word definitions
✔ Developed in conjunction with a medical doctor
✘ The medication section has a few issues, eg:
- It uses many American brand names, and while you can select 'other', the variables for this custom option are very limited.
- The user cannot select a 3.5 day dosing interval for the estrogen patch (called Estraderm in the app, a brand not available here) like we do in New Zealand. You can only select every 3rd or 4th day. The alert feature didn’t work when tested.
- There is a bug where you can't use the same dosing option for 2 different medications, eg, if you select daily dosing for one, you cannot select daily dosing for another medication.
- The notification feature didn’t work when tested.
✘ Covert advertisement in the blog section for vaginal laser rejuvenation.
✘ In-house purchases and advertising to public.
✘ Entirely unreferenced when making claims about evidence.
✘ While there are some interesting articles about topics such as parenting and social life, there is nothing about topics you would expect in this kind of app, like risks and benefits of hormone therapy.
✘ The export data feature didn't work when tested.
✘ Last updated in 2015 (4.5 years ago at the time of review) and still in version 1.0.
✘ Available on the App Store only; no Android version available.
Date of review: November 2019
Platform reviewed: Apple
Download size: 67.4MB
Last updated: 18/04/2015
Hormone replacement therapy (HRT)
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Reviewer: Jeremy Steinberg, GP, RNZCGP
Date of review: November 2019
Comments: This app is for perimenopausal or menopausal women, to improve the transition for women going through menopause. The app has symptom tracking and some other helpful features. This app was released in 2015 and has been abandoned at the time of release. There are longstanding issues with the medication section being unremedied since release. It has quite a large feature set, but the education section is poor. I think this has the potential for being a very good app if the developers picked it up again, modernised it and ironed out the bugs.
Safety concerns: None.
New Zealand relevance: No option to use metric units for weight tracking. The medication tracking section uses many American brand names, and while you can select 'other', the variables for this custom option are very limited.