The SmartCycle® is a menstrual tracker created with and for adolescent girls to help them manage menstruation.
SmartCycle® is a miniature calendar disk designed to help girls track their menstrual cycle. The disk has numbers on the front and the back. Numbers on its front represent the days of the menstrual cycle for a typical 28-day cycle. On the back, icons represent each phase of the cycle according to the day. The disk can be used as a necklace or along with the personal items in their bag.
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Goal 3: Good health and well-being
Target users include female individuals in low-income settings
Users can obtain the product from BeGirl’s website.
SmartCycle® Menstrual Tracker is a mechanical disk consisting of two dials. The number on the front represents the days for a 28 days cycle and at the back, the numbers represent the day’s cycle. User can manually operate the disk as per the period cycle. The components are made out of plastic and the device can be used as a necklace using it as a pendant.
There is no technical support provided and users are expected to maintain the product on their own.
5-10 years depending on the usage. If handled with care it can last longer.
Designer specified performance targets include portable, easy-to-use, and low-cost.
No testing has been completed
No third-party organizations, only testing performed by the designer
Epstein, D. A., Lee, N. B., Kang, J. H., Agapie, E., Schroeder, J., Pina, L. R., … and Munson, S., 2017, Examining menstrual tracking to inform the design of personal informatics tools, Proceedings of the 2017 CHI Conference on Human Factors in Computing Systems, pp. 6876-6888, ACM.
Moglia, M.L., Nguyen, H.V., Chyjek, K., Chen, K.T., and Castaño, P.M., 2016, Evaluation of smartphone menstrual cycle tracking applications using an adapted APPLICATIONS scoring system, Obstetrics & Gynecology, 127(6), pp. 1153-1160.
Mansfield, P.K., and Stubbs, M. L., 2004, Tracking the course of menstrual life: contributions from the Society for Menstrual Cycle Research, Womens Health Issues, 14, pp. 174-176.
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