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5 Reasons to Track Your Menstrual Cycle


Updated July 02, 2011

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There are many reasons to track your menstrual cycles.

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  1. To know when to expect your period.
    Tracking your menstrual cycle is one of the best ways to be able to predict when your next period will start. This can help you avoid some of those oh so embarrassing moments when you realize your period has started and you’re simply not prepared.

  2. To figure out when you ovulate.
    Track your cycle in depth can help you pin point when you ovulate. There are a couple of reasons why you may want to know when you ovulate. One good example is that some methods of birth control are based on avoidance of sex near or during the time of ovulation.

  3. To try to get pregnant.
    The most common reason to track your cycles is to know when to maximize your chances of getting pregnant and to know when to take a pregnancy test. Since many pregnancy tests now work before your period is expected, knowing a bit about your cycles can help you pick the right day to avoid a costly waste of a pregnancy test at the wrong time.

  4. To accurately know how far along you are in pregnancy.
    Knowing when your last period was, and even when you ovulated, can help avoid any due date confusion that can creep up in your pregnancy. The further back you can go in your cycles, then better.

  5. To help with fertility testing and fertility workup.
    If you wind up needing to schedule a fertility consult, the first thing most specialists want is a detailed history of your cycles. Being able to walk in the door with this information can save you months of time before you get to talk treatment options and perhaps money as well.

Ways to Track Your Menstrual Cycle:

Taking Charge of Your Fertility. Weschler, T. Harper Collins, 2006.

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