How many of us have been scared out of our wits because we thought our period might be late?
Do you think your period springs surprises on you unexpectedly?
Or maybe you just don’t track your periods.
Yes, you heard it right! You are supposed to track your periods.
In this blog, we’re telling you everything you need to know about how to track your period.
TRACK PERIOD: HOW TO TRACK PERIODS
Just like an annoying guest who visits uninvited, this guest (or whatever else you like to call it) pays you a visit every month, and you are likely to get complacent with it. It’s the little things like forgetting to stack up on period supplies sometimes or forgetting that its arrival could be right in the middle of that important presentation you have. However, you should be tracking periods primarily for health reasons.
Did you know that changes in the menstrual cycle are often the first sign of an underlying physical condition, even when this condition has no relation to your reproductive organs?
Tracking periods is a good way of gauging your menstrual cycle; additionally, it helps in tracking your mood, eating habits, period flow, sex drive, sleep, and much more during your periods.
It might also be a good idea to track your periods so you can keep an eye on symptoms that have been linked to reproductive health issues such as PCOS, PCOD, PMDD, etc. The more you know your body up close, the easier it will be for you to notice subtle changes.
HOW TO TRACK PERIOD/ MENSTRUAL CYCLE?
Start with determining the days in your average period cycle. To calculate your menstrual cycle, count the days between your last few periods. Count the days between your most recent cycles to determine your menstrual cycle. Start counting from the first day of your period to the day before your next period. Repeat this for a few cycles, and add up all the total number of days and then divide it by the total number of cycles. This gives you the average number of days in your menstrual cycle.
If all this mathematics has already given you a headache, there’s good news. You can track your periods and ovulation days very simply by using apps available on the internet. Don’t we all just love technology!
These apps would calculate your average period lengths and cycle lengths for you. You can see predictions for your future cycles. They also let you add how heavy or light your flow was, your period symptoms, mood, food cravings, weight, remind you to have birth control pills if you have had intercourse and don’t want to get pregnant, and any additional notes you might want to make.
HOW TO TRACK OVULATION WITH IRREGULAR PERIODS?
Let’s first define irregular periods. You don’t need a 28- day cycle to have regular periods. Most women have a cycle that varies between 22- 35 days and runs about the same length every time. So, if your periods fall into this category, you are experiencing regular periods. Anything out of the criteria defined above is irregular periods.
Irregular periods could be because of underlying issues such as hormonal or a thyroid issue, diabetes, liver function problems, irritable bowel syndrome, or other health conditions.
Your chances of conceiving are the highest during your ovulation days. Women with irregular periods often wonder how to track fertility or how to know their ovulation day, especially if they’re trying to get pregnant. Studies have shown that irregular cycles affect fertility, even if they are not caused due to any underlying conditions.
Ovulation usually happens 14 days before your next period begins. It might be harder for you to track your ovulation days using the regular methods if your periods are irregular. Meaning you sometimes skip a period, or your period has no definite starting time.
A good way to test if it’s your ovulation day is to check for mucus. Clear and sticky mucus in the middle of your menstrual cycle is usually an indication that your ovulation day is here. This is because of an increase in your estrogen levels, and a signal for the sperm to penetrate the unfertilized egg goes out.
There are ovulation predictor kits available in the market today. You can simply purchase one from your local chemist and test it out for yourself. This kit uses your urine sample for the test. How it basically works is by detecting an LH (luteinizing hormone) surge in your body.
Your body starts producing LH just a day or two before you start ovulation, and this LH signals your ovaries to release an egg. You would want to have intercourse a day or two after you find positive results in your test.
Now that you know how to track your cycle, you should be preparing for your next period. This time don’t forget to stack up on RIO Pads for your period (put a reminder on your period tracking app). Because a RIO Pad:
Soaks all the blood and clots like a pro
Fits you snugly to prevent leaks
Is enriched with the goodness of Aloe Vera and jojoba
Has an antibacterial layer to prevent infections
Has Japanese SAP to turn the liquid into gel form
RIO Pads are here to take the flow and all your woes away. Choose RIO; choose a better period!
We hope we have convinced you on why you should definitely be tracking your periods. Now, to start off, you can just log in your start days and end days of the period and then keep adding to the things you would like to keep track of. Happy tracking!