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Tracking Menstrual Cycle
With International Women’s Day around the corner, it’s a great opportunity to enclosed one of the important women health-related topics: Menstrual cycle. It’s always known as a taboo topic and most of the girls would be ashamed to talk about it. As 2020’s theme for IWD: #EachforEqual, it’s time for a new revolution, where menstrual health is protected and end these discriminatory practices.

Keeping track of your menstruation could help you with family planning and pregnancy prevention in the future. When your doctor asks you for the first day of your last period,

‘are you someone who can tick the date off without thinking?’

or

‘are you like most women who stare blankly at the doctor’s calendar, guesstimating the date?’

If you’re in the second group, you probably aren’t tracking your menstrual cycles on a regular basis. But keeping a menstrual calendar can be helpful for most women, even those who are not thinking about pregnancy.

Keeping a Record of Your Periods

Tracking your menstrual cycle simply means keeping a record of when you’re on your period. The best way to start is to begin with a regular planner or calendar by marking the first day of your period. These could help you to figure out your cycle lengths. For most women, the average menstrual cycle is 28 days, though it can range from 21 to 35 days in adult women and still considered “normal.”

Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle

Tracking Your Menstruation: How It Helps Your Reproductive Health

For someone who has regular cycles, this method may be helpful to try to avoid pregnancy. The idea is to avoid sex during the time when she is most fertile – generally during ovulation and for several days before and after. This can be between 80 and 87 percent effective at preventing pregnancy when done correctly.

However, it could be complicated to figure out exactly what days to avoid sexual intercourse, so there’s a high risk of failure if you don’t track your cycle correctly. This method will definitely not work for people who have irregular periods.

But, if you’re trying to get pregnant, understanding the timing of your cycle can be critical, as well. As ovulation generally occurs 14 days before the start of your period, it’s important to know what day your period is supposed to begin.

Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle

Whether you like it or not, menstruation is a mainstay in most women’s lives, starting during early adolescence and appearing periodically untill their 40s or 50s. However, every woman’s period is different. What may be regular for one woman may be absolutely irregular for another, because not every woman has a perfect twenty-eight-day cycle. This is why it’s important for them to track their periods—only then can they know when something has gone amiss.

So, if you don’t already track your period, now may be a good time to start. Knowing your cycle can only help you to get a better understanding of your body and your health.

 

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