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Do Tell: How Do You Keep Track of Your Period?

I'm sure many of you are so in tune with your bodies that you know exactly when Aunt Flo is going to pay you a visit. Some women count days and keep track of their periods on their calendar, some women record the details of their cycles on a fertility awareness chart, and others just know based on their birth control (how many pills they have left in their pack or how long they've been wearing their NuvaRing). Of course PMS and the responses our bodies give us are a great indication (did someone say sore boobs?), but how do you keep track of your cycle? Is it something you monitor religiously, or something you do every once in a while when you remember?

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kristinaelise kristinaelise 6 years
I have this fantastic iPhone app called "Period Tracker" or "P Tracker". It logs everything from your moods, to when you are ovulating. The application itself is also very cute! :)
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 7 years
I should.
brutalcupcake brutalcupcake 7 years
I should.
verily verily 7 years
To combat endometriosis, I'm on the equiv. of Seasonale. And since my periods are light to begin with, I seem to only be getting them once every six months. Whenever a nurse asks me about my last period, I usually have to think long and hard about the last time. And then they ask if I've taken a pregnancy test recently. :rotfl:
fashionista119 fashionista119 7 years
I've used mon.thly.info since it was posted on the Sugar Network a while back. I'm pretty regular, but the time just flies by, so I like the reminder two days ahead that I'm due to start. Also, I like how simple and clean the site is.
jlynn818 jlynn818 7 years
haha yeah I use Mon.thly.Info it's handy since I'm not on bc or anything
psychobabble psychobabble 7 years
I'm using NFP, so I'm very aware of everything that's going on. The first day of my period means I start a cycle in charting, so It's really easy for me to look back and remember everything.
ilanac13 ilanac13 7 years
i used to know about the time that i'd get it every month since i was really regular, but now i'm very irregular so i can't even begin to keep track of it. i've started to note it on a calendar but that wasn't proving to be any more helpful.
darkangeldaria darkangeldaria 7 years
pink highlighter dot on the day i got it on my work calendar...which i really don't HAVE to do since i'm on BC i guess but it's just a habit i've always had. i'm going to try out Mon.thly though after all these posts I've seen about it before.
Pallas-Athena Pallas-Athena 7 years
I'm pretty much regular. I've recently started tracking it on my phone. I've been doing it for about a year I think. No one goes to the calendar on my phone and most people don't even touch my phone so I'm okay. Most of the time I get these horrible cramps on my right side so I know I have it already or I will get it. In July I didn't have it at all which wasn't normal and I have it now, but it came a week early.
Muirnea Muirnea 7 years
I'm pretty regular but I use the calendar on mymonthlycycles.com to keep track. It lets you put in other information for each day too, it's pretty cool.
californiagirlx7 californiagirlx7 7 years
I always try to keep track of my period, but I never remember to write it down. Even when I do keep track, my cycle still fluctuates by a few days (usually I go between 27-30 days from the start of each period) so I can never be exactly sure when it's going to come. I usually mark my calendar with a red dot, if I remember, but then it never comes when I think it will. I can just sense if my period is going to come because my boobs get sore, I get really moody, I start eating a ton, and I...uhhh...(TMI alert! TMI alert!) can slightly smell blood a few hours before my period starts. Sorry if I made anyone puke...
leeluvfashion leeluvfashion 7 years
On a calendar, I use letter markings under the day and keep a number count. Just when I was becoming regular (35 days) now I've been off (25 days on month, 44 another!) Ugh, so annoying. I usually now when I'm close though; I clean alot and my bust is sore.
stargazer25 stargazer25 7 years
I put it my PDA calendar as TOM for time of month. I also note the flow for the day b/c I have been having some irregularity so I have to report it to my doc (the flow type and when).
GlowingMoon GlowingMoon 7 years
I monitor and keep track in my planner. I like to make sure my periods are regular. I think that cycle is an important part of female health.
ajennilynrushhh ajennilynrushhh 7 years
tdennis, i'm with you on that. i put little red dots on my calender also.
Swen Swen 7 years
I try to remember to put a "p" on the calendar on my phone whenever I get it. My period is never perfectly regular, but this at least gives me an idea as to when it's coming. I also do this so I can tell the doctor when he/she asks. Anytime I go to the doctor, even if it's just for a cold, they ask about my period. I'm like how is that relevant? But whatevs, now I don't have to make something up. I can't count on just PMS to let me know when it's coming. It varies so much. Sometimes my boobs will be sore for two weeks before my period, and sometimes two days, and sometimes not at all.
tejo14 tejo14 7 years
I never used to keep track - but after trying to get pregnant for 1 year, I thought I had better start. I kept detailed records for 6 months before meeting with the fertility doc, and he was very impressed to see the records I had kept, he made a diagnosis based on symptoms, did the testing to confirm and 4 months later, I am expecting. So - not that you should just keep track if you are trying to get pregnant, you never know when little bits of information can help make a diagnosis or give the doc just that little bit of information they might need.
tejo14 tejo14 7 years
I never used to keep track - but after trying to get pregnant for 1 year, I thought I had better start. I kept detailed records for 6 months before meeting with the fertility doc, and he was very impressed to see the records I had kept, he made a diagnosis based on symptoms, did the testing to confirm and 4 months later, I am expecting. So - not that you should just keep track if you are trying to get pregnant, you never know when little bits of information can help make a diagnosis or give the doc just that little bit of information they might need.
bellaressa bellaressa 7 years
Yes, every 28 days I mark it. I know the time and I have it in my calendar.
novo32 novo32 7 years
Mine is pretty irregular as well. I try to keep some kind of record on my phone, but usually i can tell i will soon get it cause i start getting mild cramps and start craving chocolate about a week before
lulita lulita 7 years
I am off BC and i mark my calendar now...
valancyjane valancyjane 7 years
My mom marked it on the family calendar. I didn't figure it out until I was about 16, and my dad and brother probably never did, but it was there - a little B with the number of days since her last period. I could have done without that. Before I was on the pill I kept a year-long calendar inside my medicine cabinet. I'd mark the day I started my period and 28 days ahead, so I knew when to expect it. Then the next month I'd mark the day I actually started and keep the cycle (heh) going. It was private (I lived alone at the time), it was easy to do (right by where I kept the tampons) and it was helpful to be able to look at months' worth of cycles and realize that I always late after Christmas (holiday stress!) or that my cycles were getting longer or shorter.
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