Your period and cycle is unique to you, and no two cycles are the same. For some of us, a 28-day cycle is normal, whereas others experience irregularities, a heavy flow, a light period, changes in color, and more. All of these are a normal part of getting your period, but there is a way you can learn more about your period cycle and gain insight into your overall health.
To know your body better, it’s important to track your period cycle so that you can recognize any changes in your period or your health. You can do this by using a period tracking app or good old fashioned calendar. But, before we get to that, we’re going to tell you why it’s a good reason to track your menstrual cycle and what you can learn.
It's worth tracking your period
If you are thinking of tracking your period, then great! There are so many reasons why tracking your period is a good idea. If you’re not sure it’s worth the time, then let us give you a few reasons why you should start tracking your period cycle today.
You’re in control – when tracking your cycle, you’ll have more control over your body, your schedule, and your overall health. For a lot of girls*, their period can catch them off guard. By tracking your cycle you’ll almost always be prepared for your period (like to the minute prepared)!
Tracking can tell you a lot about your health – tracking your period cycle can allow you to detect any irregularities you might be having such as an irregular cycle, heavy period, or a change in the color of your period blood.
Understanding yourself better – if you experience period cramps or mood swings, then tracking your period cycle can help you find out what makes these symptoms better or worse. It might have been something you ate, or perhaps you didn’t get enough sleep, or stress at work/school.
Discovering when you’re fertile/not fertile – whether you want to bring a baby into the world or not, tracking your cycle can tell you a lot of information about when you are ovulating and when you are fertile.
There is so much that you can learn from tracking your period cycle. One of the benefits of tracking your period and understanding how it contributes to your overall health can help your doctor pinpoint any irregularities that might be going on, or help you to gain more insight about your menstrual cycle.
Not sure how to track your cycle? We have a few options that might interest you.
Period Tracking Apps
There are a number of ways you can track your cycle, like downloading an app, keeping a diary, or monitoring it on your calendar. If you are someone who finds it easier to track things online, Clue or Flo might be the best options for you.
There are many apps available to girls that help them track, but two of the most popular tracking apps include Clue and Flo.
Clue is a secure and simple way to keep track of your cycle and provide you with information regarding your periods, fertility, and health. One of the great things about the Clue app is that the more you use it and input data about your cycle, the smarter it gets! It can provide you with specific information about your period or a certain phase of your cycle.
Flo is another popular app amongst girls and is the first period and ovulation tracker that uses artificial intelligence to create period cycle predictions. Pretty cool, huh? One of the reasons this app is so popular is it produces personalized daily content and health insights, as well as analytical reports about your period and lifestyle. They also have Flo assistance, a 24/7 chatbot that can help you identify and overcome any symptoms you might be experiencing as a result of your period.
Both of these apps have a great tool for tracking your cycle and can help to provide you with some important information about your overall health. Both of these apps are free and can be found in the iTunes or Android store.
Or, use a calendar
If you’re like me, you probably prefer to track your cycle on paper or a calendar. A lot of girls keep a period calendar where they document when their cycle begins (first day of your period), as well as any symptoms they might experience such as cramping or vaginal discharge. After a few cycles, you will most likely start to see a pattern occurring, and this can help you to determine when or if you’ll get any symptoms or when your next period might start.
Did you know that your cycle can hold so much information about your overall health? It’s important that you are in tune with your body, and tracking your cycle can help you do that!
*girls does not refer to a specific gender but to people who get periods
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