Apps To Improve Your Sexual Health Journey

For years I’ve been in favor of learning sexual health and teaching others what I have learned. I believe that learning more about sexual health can truly improve your sex life and even help with providing more pleasure for your partner and yourself.

With the rise of technology, having access to reliable sources of sexual health information has become easier than ever before, and with it, so have many different apps to help with your sex life and personal life. I’ve tried a few of these app and would like to give readers some information on what I’ve learned and give some suggestions on apps that can help you out.

If you have access to the iOS store, which is exclusive to Apple products, you can download the Nice app; this is currently only available on Apple devices. Once you download the app, you will make an account using your email of choice and a password; once you have completed this, you will see a calendar. You can select each day, and on the days you have intercourse or pleasure yourself, you can input data to see in the future. Click on a date and click on the large + icon in the middle of the bottom row; you can put the time that you performed these acts and select the acts you performed. You can select anal, hand job, masturbation, oral and sex. You can select if you used protection for any of these acts but not the type you used. If you want to know this, you can also put how long this lasted and leave any notes on the act. My opinion of this app is it could be used for both men and women, but to use more of the app, you will need to upgrade to the premium level, which costs $9.99 but you only pay this price once, and you have access to this for as long as you use this account on the app. I didn’t sign up for the premium, so I can’t attest to all of its features, but it describes more options for inputting data and inviting partners to use the app.

Another app that I’ve tried and used for years is Flo; this app is geared exclusively to women and has three modes that users can select and change at any time. I’ve used the premium membership for the last 3 years, and there are many options for membership and payment prices. You can select the option just to track your period; if you are trying to conceive, you can track your period and ovulation and add a partner so you can both view when your chances to conceive are highest, and you can track your pregnancy if you conceive. You can change these at any time. The app also gives you access to chats with other members who reach out with questions or give advice to others. The insights section will give you information on several topics, including tips on increasing your pleasure if you are having issues with things like cramps or other health concerns.

Each day, you can add your symptoms, which include if you took a pregnancy or ovulation test, several options for sex if you had it, or if you have any changes to your normal sex drive. You can put in the moods you’ve had that day and symptoms like cramps, cravings, etc. You can also log several things for your vaginal health and physical activity, medications, and even your water intake for the day. Once you input the data for the day, you will often get an option to chat about different topics or solutions to help with specific issues. The chats will give you medical advice that doctors have put in earlier. You also are given the option to take tests to see how much you know and learn more about your body and sexuality. You can also view videos from doctors and professionals educating you on many topics.

I’ve also consulted another writer, the famous Dallas, to get a male perspective on different apps:

Just call it “Masters and Johnson: Yours Truly” or “The Kinsey Report: Personal Edition.”

The Nice sex app permits you to track your sexual habits with an interactive calendar, a sort of “naughty” version of the standard smartphone appointment book. You can note sex acts from a pre-determined list, record the total time the activity took, and enter any miscellaneous thoughts you have about the particular experience.

The preset list is limited in that it does not permit acts beyond its basic five of anal, hand job, masturbation, oral, and sex. If, for example, you are Angela White and had an “airtight” on Friday, there is no option for “other,” even if technically speaking such an activity falls under the more miscellaneous heading of “sex.”

The interface itself is straightforward and easy to use, with amusing little icons for each sex act. The symbol for masturbation is an open hand, held up as if by a traffic cop commanding you to stop at a malfunctioning red light. Anal is symbolized by an asterisk, an innocent bit of punctuation that may now never look quite the same to you ever again. Handjobs are also an extended hand, albeit without the little self-love heart that adorns the masturbation symbol. Plain old sex is symbolized by an icon that reminds me a bit of the pornsite GameLink’s logo. With its pink color scheme, the app is seemingly aimed at women, although men should not let such cosmetic minutiae scare them away.

Admittedly, there’s a clinical quality to Nice that can be off-putting. At its best, a sexual experience is meant to be a pleasurable escape that makes you feel thoroughly, fully alive. Staring into the numbing void of your smartphone at the perimeters of such moments seems at odds with the spirit of sex. It’s also not easy to get gracefully in the habit of noting the time a sexual activity begins and ends.

Plus, the very act of observation changes that which is observed. Recording how often you masturbate may make you increase or decrease your frequency when it’s so bluntly represented right in front of you.

Of course, that’s really the point, in the end – to take the pulse, as it were, of your own sexuality. It’s like your own little homage to the curious, sex-positive spirit of Ruth Westheimer or Sue Johanson. If you can embrace the “science project” vibe of it all, the app can be a fun, illuminating experience.

In the same sense that step-counting apps prompt you to think about your fitness on a granular level, sex apps make you ponder the various components of your sex life. What is your favorite time for sex? How long on average do you take to reach orgasm?

Some of these statistical measures are available only in the paid version of the app, but even the free version contains plenty of insights. Unsurprisingly, Nice is far from the only such app. Mojo is aimed at men hoping to gain sexual self-confidence, while EiNano (available only on Android) is oriented more specifically toward self-love.

For Nice and its competitors, the next logical step is integration with fitness trackers. If a fitness device knows when you’re working out, washing your hands, sleeping, or climbing stairs, it presumably can take those same biometrics to determine when you’re engaged in a sexual activity. Many people, myself included, might be concerned about data privacy, but the possible benefits and insights are tantalizing. As such, Nice is a fun little app with potential to develop into something even more.


During interviews with various stars we’ve asked them for their thoughts on sexual health topics, here’s what they had to say.

Erik Sprankle (author and clinical psychologist — full interview coming soon!)

What do you make of the recent trend of sex- and masturbation-tracking apps?

“To each their own, but I’m pretty critical of this hyper-fixation on health optimization and ‘biohacking.’ It seems pretty obsessive, and the antithesis of what masturbation can be in our lives. It’s not necessary to always be counting steps, calories, and masturbatory strokes. I think a lot of the framing around masturbation as ‘self-care’ is to justify the behavior because now it’s considered a healthy behavior. But it turns masturbation into a task on your wellness to-do list for the day. The top motivation to masturbate is pleasure. It doesn’t need any more justification than that.”

Krystal Davis (adult performer)

What’s your take on the new trend of sexual-health phone apps (like Nice, Rosy, etc.)?

“I think it’s a good idea and I hope it’s helping a lot of people.  I do like that fact that there’s a focus on women’s health which is a complicated matter.”

 

Everyone’s sexual health journey is different as no one’s life is the same, so I suggest you go out there and find what sources work best for you, as sexual health can be one of the most important aspects of improving your personal health and pleasure.

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