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Helping her chart her cycle

Your daughter may be wondering if she should keep track of her period. There are a lot of great reasons she should. Charting her menstrual cycle over time will allow her to predict her menstrual periods so she can plan accordingly, note changes in her body and track possible premenstrual symptoms. Charting the cycle also gives her more awareness of her gynecological health. Help your daughter plot her own period calendar with these tips.

Monthly cycle calendar - menstrual calendar

Starting her period calendar

Keeping track of her monthly cycle is simple, but she does need to do it properly. Be sure she notes the first day of her period. Encourage her to chart episodes of cramps, spotting or any other important symptoms, too. Pretty soon, a cyclical pattern may emerge and she may be able to relate certain symptoms to her menstrual cycle.

Mapping her cycle

You daughter simply needs to mark down the days of her period on a calendar. The first day of her period is also day one of her menstrual cycle. If she begins to chart her cycle each month, she’ll see a pattern each month. A normal cycle is 21 to 35 days, but it can be longer or shorter.

Tracking changes

If she’s been menstruating for a while, she knows what her menstrual flow should look like. With this in mind, she might want to keep track of light or heavy bleeding and any changes in color and texture, such as blood clots. She should report anything unusual – in terms of length of her period, amount of flow or the way it looks – to her doctor.

She’ll also want to note any unusual vaginal secretions that occur during the month. She may very well notice a clear or white secretion at midcycle – this is an indication that she is ovulating. As always, if anything abnormal appears, it is best to see a doctor.