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  Keeping a period diary  

Tracking is important.

Tracking your menstrual cycle is a good way to figure out what is “normal” for you. It can also give your health care provider a more complete picture of your symptoms, their severity, and their impact on your daily life.

What to track:

  1. Start and end date of your period.

  2. Daily flow (heaviness).

  3. How often you change menstrual products.

  4. Pain - include severity, location and impact on your ability to function. Also note any pain management efforts and frequency (such as pain meds, heat, ice, etc)

  5. Changes from usual (color, etc)

  6. Irregular bleeding patterns (in between cycles, etc)

  7. Late or missed periods.

  8. Headaches - include severity and pain management efforts.

  9. Gastrointestinal symptoms (constipation, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, pain with urination or bowel movements).

  10. Mood.

  11. Sleeping difficulties.

Consult your doctor if you:

  • Miss a period (and you are not pregnant)

  • Bleed for longer than 7 days

  • Have heavy bleeding (soaking through more than 1 pad or tampon every hour or two)

  • Bleed in-between periods

  • Experience abnormal or high levels of pain between periods or with sex