Tracking your period can be difficult. Let’s start with the basics. Day 1 is considered the first day of blood flow. Spotting that is dark in color and light is not considered Day 1 but bright red blood flow is. Using a calendar or App like “Clue” is a great way to tract your cycle and determine your fertile window.
Is the first part of the cycle (follicular phase) seamless or do you have symptoms?
What happens mid-cycle? Is your periods 28 days apart? Or are they more or less than that? Did you think you ovulated.
Is the second half of the cycle (luteal phase) riddled with PMS symptoms? Is it 14 days or a short? Notice if your cycles are regular.
Irregular cycles may be a sign of PCOS or hormone imbalances.
Tracking your cycles helps to determine if your hormones are balanced and if you might be ovulating.
One way to track your cycles and see if you are ovulating and determine your fertile window is to track your Basal Body Temperature (BBT).
There are many BBT charts to record you morning temperature before getting out of bed each morning. A spike in temperature signals ovulation.
If you don’t know what your body is doing. Pay attention and record the data. Then take a look at what your body is saying. You body does talk to you if you listen.