Period trackers and what they teach us
Knowing where you’re at in your menstrual cycle and when to expect your next period gives you a sense of control over your life.
So wouldn’t it be great if there were an easy and effective way to keep track of your cycle – a period calculator, for example?
Good news: there is.
An online period tracker app allows you to control your periods rather than letting them control you. Being aware of your cycle’s ups and downs makes you feel more clued up and at ease with the changes happening to your body and moods throughout your whole period. And that means you can prepare for them. You’ll never have that ‘when is my period due?’ panic, because you have an ongoing period calendar that means you’re constantly in the know.
Using your tracker regularly enables you to notice patterns in your cycle. That means you can stock up on pads and be prepared at the right time. It also serves as a period calendar that helps you to predict the timing and duration of your periods. That’s immensely useful information. Not only does it help you understand your body and mood changes, but also when to expect them, while alerting you to changes in your cycle that could mean you need a check-up with your doctor.
If you get PMS, a tracker will let you know when to expect the symptoms and to avoid too much stress around that time. If you typically get a heavy flow at the start of your period you’ll know what days of the month to be equipped with plenty of Nana Maxi Towels when you’re out and about.
Another benefit of period trackers is being able to keep track of what’s happening in your body – like charting your basal body temperature (BBT) and cervical mucus (i.e., discharge) to predict accurately when you will ovulate. Useful information if you’re keen to know when you’ll be at your most fertile.
One truly great thing about period trackers is how easy they are to use. You simply log the start and end date of your period each month. Then – ping! You get an alert before your next period telling you when it’s due. This frees you from having to keep checking your diary. You can get on with your life because the app does the thinking and checking for you.
I can’t imagine how women managed without period trackers. The alerts give me a sense of control over my period – instead of it controlling me