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What To Record During Your Period and Why

Updated: 4 days ago


Hi beauties,


As I'm sure you may know, our menstrual (or 'moon') cycle and the female body as a whole is incredible!! There are so many mechanisms, messages and information moving throughout our body during the month, it truly is amazing.

When it comes to tuning in to our bodies basically anything that comes OUT; tears, sweat, saliva, urine, stool and in particular *blood*, tells us what’s happening INSIDE and how our 11 body systems are functioning and interacting.

Learning to listen and read this information is directly communicating with our beautiful vessel that carries us through life and can help us understand what our body wants and needs in order to feel balanced and work at optimal capacity. Often when we bring our period back in sync the rest of our body naturally follows - as we are one whole package. Our period can give us so many answers and below I show you the information to take note of to help you feel empowered and get on track.

There's a lot of information I'm excited to share with you but for now we'll focus on the things I suggest to note while you are menstruating, each and every month, and why.




THE 6 THINGS TO RECORD FOR YOUR BLEED + OVULATION

Date of period starting

This is day 1 of bleeding – when any blood is being released till the next time when bleeding begins again, this is a full cycle.

Number of days bleeding

Record each of the days you bleed including the days of spotting too.



Colour of your blood

record each days colour

rust, brown, bright red, deep red, dark red, purple, black / very dark

Consistency of your blood

It’s easier to tell the consistency when showering or going to the toilet and letting the blood flow then.

clean : no bits just smooth flowing blood

thick and tacky

very thin and watery

mucusy blood : looks pinky and not really a blood consistency

gritty : like coffee grinds

clots : these are coagulated blood blobs (when pressed between your fingers these cannot be squished), note the size of the clots : rice grain, pea, 5 cent, 10 cent, 20 cent, 50 cent etc and note how many clots if they are larger

fibrous tissue : these look like little spider veins or little pieces of stringy bits of tissue

Volume

This can be tricky to gauge if you're not using a menstrual cup and it also varies for each person and their individual circumstances. If possible don’t use tampons at all or only for the first 2 days then continue with pads, menstrual cups or menstrual underwear. If using tampons note how often the tampon is 'soaked' and the absorbancy used (regular, super etc) (always use the lowest absorbency, change every few hours, definately choose organic and never use a tampon at night). If using pads note the number used per day etc. From this you’ll be able to guage if it is heavy, medium, light or scant (very light – barely anything) flow for you and just be able to write that for future cycle notes.

Symptoms

Take note of anything you experience in the lead up, during your bleed and afterwards.

  • Cramps or pain

If so where : low back, one side / ovary, low belly,

If so what type: full feeling, heavy or bearing down sensation, ache, sharp, stabby, intense – needing painkillers

If you head straight for painkillers tune in to see if you really need them or if it is habit. Taking note of the actual discomfort can tell you so much so try not to mask it unless absolutely necessary. Experiencing anything other than a light dull sensation or very mild cramp is related to an imbalanced flow and can be helped and improved.


  • Breast tenderness or fullness


  • Skin flare ups

Note where (chin and jaw line, forehead, cheeks, upper back)

  • Emotional health

Not feeling in control, sad, angry, irritated / aggitated, short fused, feeling dark, depressive and low, stressed, uneasy, overwhelmed, crying easily or teary

  • Energy levels

Do you feel exhausted before your flow or after?

Do you feel better with the flow starting?

good, low, very good, wiped / exhausted, dizzy

  • Digestive

Change in bowel movements (looser or constipation, skipping days), bloating, cravings, appetite

  • Fluid retention

If so where (whole body, feet, belly, face)

  • Sleep

Changes to sleep, dreams, restless (body or mind or both), night sweats, temperature changes

  • Headaches

If so where on the head (forehead, base of skull (occiput), neck tension, temples, brows, behind the eye, top of head (vertex), whole head, fuzzy, foggy, lack of focus or clarityfloaters (white dots in your vision)




OVULATION

Ovulation is the time when it's baby (or potential baby) making. Regardless if we are hoping to conceive (get pregnant), or not, we still want a balanced cycle, which includes happy ovulation. Ideally we want this to occur in the middle of our cycle - so day 1 is the 1st day of bleeding we would want it around the half way mark to the next day 1. When we are ovulating an egg has been released from a follicle within one of our ovaries and is on it's way down one of our fallopian tubes, hoping to meet with a confident and healthy sperm. What we are looking for during this very small time frame is a different sort of discharge. We have vaginal discharge all month, a light mucus from the vagina ensuring it stays moist (yes, this is the most appropriate word to use haha) and we have cervical mucus - being released during ovulation. This cervical mucus is much thicker and a raw egg white consistency. When you touch it, and I strongly encourage you to do so whenever it occurs to get a clear reading, it is stringy and pully. Take note of the date when you see this and add it to your period tracking notes. Add any other information like physical symptoms (breast tenderness, bloating, spot of blood, crampy) or any emotional changes as well.



HOW DO I RECORD THE INFORMATION OF MY CYCLE ?


You don’t need to write a huge amount when recording these details. And remember there is no wrong way to take these notes. If you wish to write a little more or less go for it, just make sure to include the relevant information you experience. It's a beautiful ritual to also tune in. Use this opportunity to also journal about how you are feeling and where you are at in your life during this time.


I suggest either using a physical journal or book OR the notes section of your phone to keep a record of all your period info. After a number of entries I email myself the page on my notes section of my phone to have another copy of it. To help you with note-taking you can opt to use these abbreviations.

· MP = menstrual pattern

· Tummy = digestive symptoms

· BM = bowel movement

· Emo = emotional irrit = irritable

· LBP = low back pain

· Scant = hardly anything

· Wiped = tired / exhausted

· h/a = headache

· pre = before

· post = after



Examples are:

28.5.20

MP start. 29 days

Sad and teary pre MP, better with flow start.

Day 1 good flow, deep rich red. Tummy fine. Some skin flare up on chin. Slight cramps, low belly. Day 2 heavy flow, some clots (pea size), deep rich red. slight tired. Day 3 lighter flow, cleaner blood, red brown. Day 4 scant red brown. Day 5 spotting, brown. Energy good with flow.

* ovulation 11.6.20

Or

28.5.20

26 days.

Spotting gritty brown for 2 days. Very emo / irrit. Strong cramps and LBP. Bloat, loose stools.

Day 3 flow start, heavy, 1 x 10 cent clot, some fibrous, deep purple. Emo better with flow and no cramps / LBP now. Left temple h/a for few hours. Day 4 lighter flow, deep red, clean blood. Day 5 lighter flow, deep red blood. Day 6 spotting brown, very scant. Feeling very wiped with flow.