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Your Menstrual Cycle Calendar

Tracking Your Monthly Periods

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Updated August 13, 2013

Menstrual cycle calendars are the cheapest, easiest and most empowering health tool around. Tracking helps both you and your health-care provider see patterns that may develop during your menstrual cycles which may indicate a possible menstrual cycle disorder. Even if you have predictable periods that always start and end on time, and no symptoms to chart, it’s important to chart the days you menstruate and the amount of flow you have.

Your doctor will note the length of your menstrual cycles, the amount of blood flow you experience, and any symptoms you may have. If you develop a menstrual cycle disorder, or if another health issues arises, your menstrual cycle calendar can help you get a quicker, and perhaps more accurate, diagnosis.

You can use any type of calendar for your menstrual cycle calendar. Your menstrual cycle calendar can be online, a calendar or journal template from your word processing program, or it can even be store bought. It’s best if you can use a calendar that is used exclusively for recording the days you have your period and any physical or emotional symptoms that you experience during your menstrual cycle. Remember, you’ll be sharing your menstrual cycle calendar with your doctor.

Tip: When choosing a calendar to use for your menstrual cycle calendar make sure that each day has enough space for writing down any symptoms you might have.

Things to Write on Your Menstrual Cycle Calendar

  1. Write when you bleed. The first thing to write on your menstrual cycle calendar is the first day of your period and each successive day that you bleed during your periods. The easiest way to do this is to circle the number of the date on your calendar. Use a red pen or marker for better visibility. Circle the date on each day you experience vaginal bleeding, even if it’s a day when you spot or bleed between periods. Also, indicate on your calendar if bleeding is exceptionally light or heavy.
  2. Record how you feel. Has your day gone along easily without any major problems, or has today been one of those days when you want to pull your hair out? Have you felt anxious or depressed? Were you bloated today? Did you have a headache or any other pain? Are you experiencing more stress than usual? Note any symptoms or problems you experience each day.
  3. Rate your day.Use a scale of from 1 to 10 to rate your days. Rate your worst possible day with the number 1 and use the number 10 when you have your best possible days – days when you feel completely healthy and happy. Take time every day to rate your day – even if all your days are 10’s!
  4. Keep track of medications. If you take medicine on a regular basis, or if you occasionally take OTC or prescribed drugs, write down any medications or supplements that you take, and when you take them. This is particularly useful when side effects or drug interactions develop.

See also:
The Symptoms of PMS
The Symptoms of PMDD

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