What is Cycle Tracking?
Menstrual cycle tracking is so simple yet it can tell you so much. In this article Jo Fuller, founder of The Merry Menopause, and Member of the The Midlife Hub, shares her take on how tracking your menstrual cycle during perimenopause can reveal so much about who you are, how you function and ultimately enable you to take control of your mental and physical wellbeing.
What is cycle tracking?
Menstrual cycle tracking is keeping a note each day of how you are feeling. You can use an app for this, but I would recommend recording the information in a dedicated notebook or your daily journal. As you progress you will start to access amazing information about yourself and how you function mentally and physically. It’s never too late to start, and during perimenopause it can be a great tool to help you mange and understand your symptoms.
Day 1 of your cycle is the day you start bleeding, not spotting, but bleeding heavily enough to warrant using sanitary protection. You don’t have to wait for the first day of your period to start tracking, start today! Even if you have no idea where you are in your cycle, just start gathering the information and eventually your cycle will catch up with you, and you will start to see patterns.⠀
How do you begin to track your cycle?
You can start by writing down one word a day that encompasses how you are feeling. Are you happy, sad, tired, energised? And I encourage you to go a bit further, how was your appetite? Your sex drive? Your interactions with others? Were you feeling sociable? Were you in a mood for learning? Did you want an adventure or did you want to stay close to home? Record as much information as you can and once you’ve worked it out, keep track of which day of your cycle you are on.
How will cycle tracking help?
By tracking your cycle you’ll be able to predict your moods and your behaviours. You’ll move from meltdowns and misery to kindness and compassion for yourself, and you’ll be in the driver’s seat for your health and your life.
We can break our menstrual cycle down into four seasons, summer, autumn, winter and spring, you’ll be fascinated by what they reveal about you, and how you can harness the power of your cycle.
You can read all about menstrual seasons at The Merry Menopause.
Menstrual cycle tracking is so simple yet it can tell you so much. It will reveal so much about who you are and how you function and ultimately enable you to take control of your mental and physical wellbeing. What’s not to love?
More about The Merry Menopause
Jo Fuller is a menopause and menstruation educator, her aim is to remove the stigma and change the narrative surrounding menopause and menstruation. The Merry Menopause is written and curated by Jo. Jo also works with businesses and organisations to support the wellbeing of their female employees and open up the conversation to all ages and genders to increase understanding of women’s hormonal health.
This article is not intended as a substitute for professional medical advice and diagnosis and does not constitute medical advice.