Developing Your Menstrual Calendar for Better Periods

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By Hot Health January 23, 2017 10:58
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Developing Your Menstrual Calendar for Better Periods

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Developing your Menstrual Calendar

Menstruation Cycles are rarely regular in a woman. Several factors such as hormonal changes, active sex life, and eating habits affect the irregularities in a menstrual cycle. However, it can be a good habit for women to keep track of their menstrual cycle by developing a menstrual calendar. It serves many purposes:

  • It comes in handy while trying to get pregnant.
  • It helps in diagnosing any health issues that may be affecting your body.
  • Some women also develop menstrual calendars so they can plan trips before or after their period, weddings, gynecological visits or any visit to a doctor where urine samples might be needed (to avoid blood in urine).
  • It helps you prepare your pre-menstrual routine (taking OTC medication before it starts, using natural and herbal remedies/supplements, staying away from foods known to make menstrual cramps worse, or consuming more foods that are known to help ease menstrual cramps).

In adult women, menstrual cycles are typically of 24 to 35 days. However, in teen years and when women are about to hit menopause, cycles can be very irregular. A rule that applies to most women is that the cycle should not be closer than 21 days and bleeding should not last longer than 8 days. By tracking your menses, you can analyze the length of your cycle and anything considered “outside the norm” may be cause for concern and an appointment with your gynecologist might be needed.

A menstrual calendar requires some important pieces of information. These include the day of the month you start your period, the number of days for which you bleed and the intensity of bleeding throughout the days. These calendars also assist you in keeping track of your emotional changes and mood swings.

However, one of the areas where menstrual calendars come in most handy includes planning a pregnancy. Getting pregnant is not easy especially with an irregular period. You can mark down the days when you are ovulating and can plan your intercourse accordingly.

With the help of the calendar, you can predict the most fertile time of the month. But this is a cumbersome task. Predicting the most fertile time of the month includes determining the feel and type of your cervical mucus and your basal temperature. You can chart your mucus type and stickiness using the calendar. It should be noted however; the menstrual calendar will NOT prevent pregnancy.

At your most fertile time, the mucus should be slippery and wet as opposed to being pasty and sticky at the infertile time. Though most menstrual cycles are fertile, some may not be. This can be detected by the time span that exists between when the mucus is slippery and when bleeding starts. The usual time span should be between 11 and 16 days. If it is anything more or less than that, the cycle is infertile. You can also use the menstrual calendar to chart your personal health cycles and consult with your doctor in case of high irregularities.

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By Hot Health January 23, 2017 10:58
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