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PLEASE NOTE: iPeriod now automatically backs up your data, as long as you have singed up for an iPeriod account, and are currently signed in. If you have iPeriod on another device, including an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Mac, your data will automatically sync between devices. If you are not seeing this happen, then make sure that you are signed in. Go to Settings/Passwords, and tap the button next to "Online Password".

ADDING PERIODS

Option 1:
On the Calendar screen, double tap the first day of your period. On the Notes screen, select "first day of period". Choose to use your average duration or mark your period day by day. When marking day by day, select "extend period" from the notes screen to record another period day. Trim a period by double clicking on an existing period day and selecting "last day of period".

Option 2:
Touch the plus sign in the upper right corner of the Summary or Calendar Screen. Enter the first day of your period and the duration (number of days bleeding) or the last day. Save and repeat to enter additional periods.

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ENTERING FLOW

A period must first be added to indicate flow. Then double-tap any period day to go to Notes. Select "Light", "Medium" or "Heavy".

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ENTERING NOTES

Double-tap any calendar day. Enter freeform notes, flow (if a period day) and a variety of symptoms. Notice the four tabs at the top of the screen divide the notes into four categories: general, symptoms, mood and fertility. Please note that you may now manage your icons and view graphs by touching the buttons at the bottom of the Notes screen:

Manage icons button (looks like an eye): Tap this and then select "Calendar Placement", "Label Icons" or "Manage Symptoms".
    Calendar Placement: Choose which symptoms/icons you'd like to appear on calendar. A total of seven icons can appear on the calendar at a time. Touch and drag icons to and from the calendar as you wish.

    Label Icons: Assign labels to your four user-defined icons. This allows you to track anything that is relevant to your health and life.

    Manage Symptoms: Choose which symptoms appear on the Notes screen. Hide/show symptoms to suit your needs.

Graphs button: View graphs with this button, or view graphs from any screen by rotating your phone to landscape orientation.

Save and when you return to the calendar you will see associated icons representing your notes, giving you a visual snapshot of your cycles.

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ICON PLACEMENT ON CALENDAR

Choose which symptoms/icons you'd like to appear on calendar. Double-tap any calendar day and touch the button that looks like an eye at the bottom of the Notes screen. A total of seven icons can appear on the calendar at a time. Touch and drag icons to and from the calendar as you wish.

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Community Forum

Join iPeriod's community of millions of women, and learn, share and enjoy!

Profile: Create a profile by selecting the 'Profile' button on the upper right hand corner of your screen.

Add a profile picture: Pinch to zoom in or move your finger apart to to zoom out. Select the 'Use' bottom for your picture to be successfully scaled.

Create a post: Select any category by tapping on it. Select 'New Post' on the bottom of your page. Type in the subject of your post and then your message. Tap 'Post' for your message to be successfully uploaded.

Like This!: See a post that you really like? Tap it and select Like This! You can vote only once for each post that you like, but see the Most Liked Posts on the Category screen!

Nudge: If you want your Friend to join you on the forum, you can Nudge her! Just go to her Profile page and touch the Nudge button at the bottom of the screen. This sends her a push alert, letting her know that she can find you on the iPeriod forum. Please note that you can only Nudge members who are your Friends. You can also disable nudges from any friend by turning the Nudge switch off on their profile page.

Reply to a post: Select any pre-existing post and tap the 'Reply' button on the bottom of your page. Type in your reply message and select 'Post' for your message to be successfully uploaded.

Report a concern: If you come across a posting that is offensive, please report a concern to us. To do this, touch the posting and you should see an option to "Report a Concern".

View Profile: If you are interested in learning more about a forum member, simply tap one of their posts, and select View Profile. This will allow you to see a larger profile picture, read about them and see who their friends are. From this screen, you can also request them as a Friend.

5 tabs at bottom of screen:

  • Categories: Browse the forum by categories, and find one of interest to you. Topics range from periods to fitness to politics.


    Please note the Welcome section at the top of this screen. It includes Friends, Who's Live, Introduce Yourself, iPeriod Tips and Most Liked Posts.


    Tap the Friends section to see a list of your current friends and friend requests. Notice that you can see whether your friend is currently online or offline by reading the word below her profile picture. If you want your friend to join you on the forum, you can Nudge her! Just tap her name, and touch the Nudge button at the bottom of the screen. This sends her a push alert, letting her know that she can find you on the iPeriod forum.

    If you have a friend request, tap the person's name, and then tap the button that reads Accept at the bottom of the screen.


  • Friends: Tap the Friends tab at the bottom of the screen to view your friends' posts, sorted by the most recent at the top. To request a friend, tap a post belonging to that person, and select View Profile. Touch the Button at the bottom of the screen that reads Request a Friend. The person will be sent a push alert letting them know that you want to be friends.


  • Mine: View all of your posts by descending order by date and time. Tap on any post to read your message.


  • Latest: View the most recent forum posts in descending order by date and time.


  • Search: Type in a keyword into the search field to find posts and replies that relate to your search. Select the blue 'Search' button on the bottom of your keyboard for your search results to appear.


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CUSTOMIZING ICONS

Double-tap any calendar day and touch the button that looks like an eye at the bottom of the Notes screen. Then choose "Label Icons". You are given four icons to label as relevant to you. After saving your new labels, return to the Notes screen and you will see your user-defined icons with your new labels to check off as needed.

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EDITING PERIODS

From the Summary or Calendar Screen, touch the "Edit" button in the upper left corner. Select the cycle to edit, and make changes as necessary. Be sure to save.

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DELETING PERIODS

From the Summary or Calendar Screen, touch the "Edit" button in the upper left corner. Simply swipe your finger across any entry that you would like to delete. A red delete button will appear.

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VIEWING GRAPHS

From any screen, rotate your device to landscape orientation. This will cause iPeriod to display graphs of your data. Select from duration, cycle length, weight and BBT (waking temperature) by touching the labels below the graph.

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MANAGING DATA

Please go to Settings/ManageData to Export your data via email and Backup and Restore your data.

PLEASE NOTE: iPeriod now automatically backs up your data, as long as you have singed up for an iPeriod account, and are currently signed in. If you have iPeriod on another device, including an iPhone, iPod Touch, iPad or Mac, your data will automatically sync between devices. If you are not seeing this happen, then make sure that you are signed in. Go to Settings/Passwords, and tap the button next to "Online Password".

Email Export: Choose date range and touch "Send".

Backup/Restore: We know how important your iPeriod data is! That is why we have a Backup/Restore feature. Backing up often ensures that your data is safe even in the following circumstances:
  • lost or broken phone
  • app is accidentally deleted
  • you purchase a new phone and want to transfer your iPeriod data
We have two Backup/Restore options: Desktop or Online. We recommend Online backup because it is the easiest method!

Online: From the ManageData screen (under Settings), touch "Online Backup/Restore". If you haven't already set up an iPeriod account, you may do so here. Touch "Backup Now" whenever you'd like to backup your data. Please note that you MUST have an Internet connection for iPeriod to reach our servers. Notice that your backup is listed under "Backup Now" with a date and timestamp. You may keep up to three backup copies of your data at a time. To Restore your data from a backup copy, touch the date and time associated with the Backup, and all data and settings from that Backup will be restored on iPeriod.

Desktop Backup/Restore: From the ManageData Screen (under Settings), touch the "Desktop Backup/Restore". Follow the instructions on that screen. Please note that your iPhone/iPod Touch and desktop computer MUST be on the same Wi-Fi network for this to work.

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SETTINGS

Please note that iPeriod has many customizable settings, including the following:

  • Alerts

    • Notifications: are displayed, even when the app is closed. You may receive notifications for expected periods, late periods, fertility and breast exam reminders. You may customize the sounds and text displayed, frequency at which notifications are sent, and turn these alerts on/off in the Settings. NOTE: you must have entered at least two periods for alerts to work.
    • Email Alerts: are sent to the email address(es) of your choice. After turning on alerts, be sure to indicate alert frequency and type of alert you'd like (expected period, late period). NOTE: you must have entered at least two periods for alerts to work.

  • Appearance

    • Skins: Customize the appearance of iPeriod with the included skins or purchase additional skins here.
    • Calendar Themes: Choose between three looks for the calendar: Original, Grey and White.
    • Detailed Summary: Show more or less Summary on startup.
    • Hide Title: For the sake of discretion, you may hide the iPeriod title displayed in the top bar of applicable screens.

  • Calendar

    • Breast Exam Reminder: The American Cancer Society recommends a self-breast exam at the same time each month. The reminder is set for day seven of your cycle, but you may change this here, in addition to turning the reminder on and off. Reminders include a small faded pink ribbon on the Calendar and an in-app alert.
    • Icon Legend: Learn what all the colors and icons represent on the Calendar by viewing an icon legend.
    • Startup Mode: If you'd like iPeriod to show the Calendar screen instead of the Summary screen when app starts, turn this mode "on".

  • ManageData: Please see MANAGING DATA above.

  • Passwords

    • Startup Password: Keep your private data safe with password protection. Turn this setting on and then fill in the required fields.
    • Online Password: An iPeriod account allows you to receive email alerts and backup data online. Touch the icon to the right of "Online Password" to setup your online account.

  • Periods / Fertility

    • Adjust Statistics: Here you may control how iPeriod computes your statistics. iPeriod calculates averages using all periods by default. You may turn this feature off and tell iPeriod to use only a specific number of previous cycles. This may be useful for women whose cycles have recently changed dramatically. You may also tell iPeriod to ignore cycles longer than a given length. For example, if you had an unusually long 50 day cycle that is skewing your statistics, you may tell iPeriod to ignore cycles of this length.
    • Ovulation: Choose to have iPeriod predict ovulation and fertility or not. If you are not interested in this information, simply turn off this preference. You may also adjust the luteal phase here. iPeriod assumes a luteal phase length of fourteen days, which is the average for most women. The luteal phase begins when ovulation occurs. The luteal phase continues until Day 1 of your next period, or the first day that bleeding begins.
    • Pregnancy: If you are pregnant, let iPeriod know here. Pregnancy mode disables alerts and projections, calculates your due date and adjusts statistics accordingly. When your period returns after pregnancy, you may turn this setting off or simply add a new period.

  • Support

    • About: iPeriod is what is is today thanks to all the great customer feedback. Find our email address and website URL here. We'd love to hear from you!
    • Tell a Friend: We appreciate your choosing iPeriod. Please tell your friends by simply typing your name and their email address(es).
    • Write a Review: We appreciate your choosing iPeriod. Please send us an email with questions or suggestions and write a review to share what is great!
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    We are continually striving to make iPeriod even better and value your feedback.

    Please send us an email with any questions or suggestions to support@winkpass.com.

    Thank you!



    FAQ

    1. How do I get started with entering past periods in iPeriod?
    Double-tap your start day on the Celendar. Then touch the checkbox next to "First day of period".
    Alternately, touch the "+" in the upper right corner. You will be taken the the "Add/Edit Period" screen where you can enter period dates and duration. You must enter at least two cycles for iPeriod to calculate statistics.

    2. Can I keep notes every day of my cycle or just period days?
    You may record notes on any day of your cycle. Go to the calendar view and do one of two things:
    - DOUBLE-tap the day on which you'd like to record symptoms or notes. Once in the notes screen, you may track more than 80 symptoms and moods.

    3. Why can't I use iPeriod to prevent pregnancy?
    iPeriod calculates statistics based on averages, and only offers estimates of fertility and ovulation. Always use proper protection when trying to prevent pregnancy.

    4. How do I delete a period cycle?
    Touch "Edit" in the upper left corner of the Calendar. Simply swipe your finger across the entry that you'd like to delete and a red delete button will appear.

    5. How do I edit a period's days?
    Touch "Edit" in the upper left corner of the Calendar. Tap the cycle that you'd like to edit. Modify the dates and save.

    6. What is the "luteal phase" and how is it used to predict ovulation?
    The luteal phase is the part of the cycle that starts at ovulation and ends the day before your next period. The day of ovulation is predicted by subtracting the length of the luteal phase from the first day of the next expected period. Typically, the duration of the luteal phase phase lasts between 10 and 16 days - and is generally consistent from cycle to cycle, averaging for most women at 14 days. You may adjust the luteal phase by going to "Ovulation" on the "Settings" view.

    7. I am trying to sync my data between devices and it is not working. What am I doing wrong?
    For automatic syncing to take place, you must make sure that you have logged on to your iPeriod account on each device that you own. After entering data on one device, be sure to close iPeriod. Closing the app causes it to sync the data. Now when you start up iPeriod on the second device you should see that the data is now there (as long as you are signed in).

    8. I had a baby last year and I'm wondering if the extended cycle caused by pregnancy will make the summary date incorrect.
    You may adjust calculations by telling iPeriod to ignore cycles longer than a particular length. The default is set to 200 days, so any cycle longer than 200 days won't be factored into the average cycle length calculation. If you'd like to adjust this maximum cycle length, go to the "Settings" view and touch "Summary Statistics".

    9. What does "love connection" refer to in the "Notes" view?
    "Love Connection" refers to sexual intercourse. We tried to be discreet ;)

    10. I have entered in two years worth of period data, but I'd like iPeriod to calculate statistics based on the past 4 months only. Is this possible?
    Yes. Go to "Setting" and touch "Summary Statistics". You will see "Calculate averages using:" and the default is set to "all cycles". Turn this "off" and enter in the number of previous cycles to use in your calculations.

    11. I have entered my period data for the past six months and iPeriod is predicting that my next period is nearly a year away. What is happening?
    It is easy to select the wrong year when adding period dates. Go to the summary view and carefully examine your list of dates, specifically the year. If one date is off by a year, your statistics and predictions will also be off. To change any incorrect dates, touch the "Edit" button in the upper left corner. From the "Edit Cycle" view, select the date to edit, and make any corrections. When you return the the summary view, your statistics should be corrected.

    12. I entered in the dates for two period cycles and see round pink dots on the calendar representing next expected period dates. How do I get rid of these pink dots and enter actual period dates for the current month?
    As you say, the pink dots represent future predicted periods. When you enter new period data for a given month, the pink dots for that cycle will disappear and be replaced with calendar icons representing flow. All data is recalculated to include your latest data, and predicted future periods now reflect that. To enter period dates, either from the past or present, touch the plus sign in the upper right corner from the calendar or summary view. Enter you period's start date and duration or end date. Save data and your summary and calendar should now reflect these additions.

    13. What does the spotting icon stand for?
    "Spotting" refers to vaginal bleeding that occurs between periods. Women may or may not experience spotting, and spotting may be associated with a number of causes. Always consult with your doctor if you have any concerns about your menstrual cycle. Other terms for spotting include: Bleeding between periods; Intermenstrual bleeding; Metrorrhagia

    14. I am pregnant. Can I turn off the period alerts?
    Yes! Go to Settings/Pregnancy and you can tell iPeriod that you are pregnant. All period and fertility predictions will be turned off and a due date calculated. When your period returns again after pregnancy, simply enter in a new period or turn the pregnancy mode "off". Be sure to check out another app of ours, iPregnant.

    15. Why was iPeriod created and who are the developers?
    iPeriod was created by Winkpass Creations, a husband and wife team. From the beginning, the goal of creating iPeriod has been to empower women with knowledge about themselves. Recording personal data in a meaningful way helps women better understand and predict their own bodies. iPeriod has become what it is today thanks to this original ambition and the invaluable feedback from iPeriod users over the past four years.

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