Benefits of Tracking Your Cycle

There are many methods of staying in sync with your monthly menstrual cycle. You’ve probably tried them all: keeping track of the dates mentally, bullet journaling, calendar and Excel. At least some of these methods must have failed you quite miserably.

The easiest way to track your menstrual cycle would be on your phone (you know it’s never more than 2 feet away from you...)

But first, here’s why you should be tracking your monthly menstrual cycle:

No more surprises:

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How often have you realized your period has arrived and you don’t have a sanitary napkin handy? Your cycle can vary from anywhere between 24 and 38 days and still be normal. Stress, travel, seasonality - all of these can affect your cycle length. In fact, you can even have a rhythm where one cycle is 20 days long followed by another that is 33 days long! Tracking your periods using an app like FemCy can help you understand your cycle better. With a stressful, busy lifestyle, that’s one thing off your to-do list!

Know your cravings and bloating:

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You know how you really crave ice-cream sometimes, but it just makes you feel bloated at other times? That’s your menstrual cycle talking.

During the luteal phase, the week leading up to your periods, the falling levels of oestrogen and testosterone can cause a sluggish metabolism and bloating. Rising progesterone levels can have a sedating effect on the body, making you feel fatigued and your reactions slower. This is the time of the month when you experience mood swings, irritability, and sometimes even headaches and nausea. You may also be more sensitive to dairy or other heavy foods.

On the other hand, during your menstrual phase, your body is looking to replenish lost nutrients and boost serotonin, the calming chemical. Serotonin is boosted by comfort foods rich in fats and carbohydrates. That’s why you crave ice-cream, chocolate, starchy foods at this time of the month. By knowing the different symptoms your body experiences through the month, you can target them by giving your body the right nutrition it needs.

Check out FemCy’s daily nutrition tips to know the right foods for the right phase of your cycle. For a more customized plan unique to your body, you can talk to our experts anytime!

Manage those mood swings:

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Period-related mood swings are not just a myth - it’s a fact backed by science! Feeling very anxious and stressed before your period, feeling depressed or exhausted, anger and crying - these are all common symptoms that we refer to as “PMSing”. There is no prescribed treatment plan for this condition. However, the good news is that scientific nutrition, intake of supplements such as magnesium at specific points in the cycle, regular exercise, adequate sleep and mind-body practices like yoga and meditation have all shown promising results.

FemCy focuses on improving PMS symptoms through holistic wellness on all three levers: nutrition, fitness and mind-body wellness.

Understand your patterns:

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Your menstrual cycle is very unique to you. It comes with its own pattern of aches, pains, highs and lows. Sometimes, those aches are not just limited to your luteal phase, the week before your period. Have you ever had a little headache, or abdominal cramp, for a few hours, somewhere in the middle of your cycle? There’s a name for that: “mittelschmerz”, or “middle pain”! It’s a one-sided, lower abdominal pain associated with ovulation! Keeping track of your unique patterns can give you a better understanding of your body and help you manage your symptoms. Using a tracker such as FemCy, which is specifically built to track and understand your menstrual patterns, can be a useful aid in building your personal plan for better holistic wellness.

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Nandhini

Nandhini heads marketing for FemCy. She is a health science enthusiast and believes that knowledge is key to making better selfcare decisions.

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