Your period might come once a month, but it is different for everyone.
As everyone’s periods are unique it is important to track your period. This helps you get to know your period and how it operates and affects you!
Periods can be a little complex but once you start tracking them you will get a clear understanding of yours and what you can expect at certain times of the month.
It is worth noting that during your teen years in can take a while for your period to develop a routine and become regular but tracking your period will help you keep tabs on this.
It helps you get to know your cycle
No two period cycles are the same! Some are as short as 27 days or 38 or even longer.
Tracking your cycle keeps you aware of your own cycle length and regularity. It can be hard to know if your period is due when you aren’t tracking it. If you are aware of your cycle length it will give you an indication of when your next period may be due, making a surprise visit from aunt Flo a lot less likely!
It helps you keep you aware of any potential hormone problems or disorders
Period irregularity can be a symptom of hormonal disorders such as PCOS. It is very possible to have an irregular cycle without having a hormonal disorder, but keeping tabs on your period length and regularity can help you look out for early warning signs of hormonal disorders.
It helps you identify any PMS symptoms
Periods can be a whirlwind. While you might be on your actual period for 3 to 9 days out of a month, their impact goes far beyond the time that you are physically menstruating.
We have all experienced the cramps, uncontrollable crying and fatigue right before and after our periods. Tracking your period helps you understand any PMS symptoms you may be experiencing.
This will help you understand why you are feeling a certain way on a particular day, so you don’t have to sit there questioning what’s wrong with me!? While working your way through your second (or third) bag of Maltesers.
Tracking your period will help you make sense of changes to your mood and body throughout the month and will help you best prepare for them making you feel a little bit more in control of the force that is your period!
How you can track your period
You can track your period with the help of period tracking apps or by doing it manually yourself!
- Period tracking apps: Probably the easiest way to track your period. They do all the hard work for you. Period tracking apps calculate your average period length and your average cycle length. As well as what days you are ovulating and when your fertile window is active. They also give you the opportunity to document your symptoms each day of the month – such as different types of discharge, headaches, emotions and pain – helping you to get to know your own cycle (and health) a lot better! Popular period tracking apps include Clue, Period Tracker Lite and Period Diary.
- Fitbit or Apple Watch: if you have a Fitbit or Apple watch they come with a free built-in period trackers in the apps. The Fitbit app is particularly handy for helping to predict when you are going to get your period even if they are irregular.
- Manual tracking – You can track your period manually either. To do this, start by marking the day your period began on your calendar or in your phone. After a few months, you can begin to see how regular your period is! Remember the length of your cycle is calculated from the day your period begins to the first day of your next period.
Have you tried tracking your period before?