Unbearable cramps, mood swings, weakness, fatigue, tender breasts, irritability and what not. Periods are not just about losing lots of blood but surely comes along with a lot of discomfort. If you think that this is the worst that can happen then imagine getting an unannounced period? Sounds scary right? Periods might not be the most exciting and comforting part of your life but are surely important to carry out various functions in your body. Where many women seem to throw in a pad or two along with those tampons in their bag “around their date” many are unaware about their exact menstrual cycle and hence aren’t well prepared. In today’s world where there are plenty of period tracking apps on your finger tips, they have made period tracking a child’s play. Keeping a tab of your menstrual cycle will not just help you to be prepared for your periods but also provide several other benefits. Read along to know more about the benefits of tracking your periods.
#1. Keeps you prepared for PMS symptoms
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PMS a.k.a premenstrual syndrome is something that accompanies our periods every month. This syndrome takes place due to the fluctuation in hormonal levels of the body during menstruation. PMS tends to affect a woman’s behavior, physical and emotional health during certain days of the menstrual cycle. These PMS symptoms tend to include things like food cravings, mood swings, anxiety, headaches, irritability, etc. By keeping a tab of your cycle and knowing the date of your period's arrival will help you to prepare better for all these symptoms and will make you less agitated.
#2. Helps you to understand your cycle
Knowing your own body is very important in order to look for some underlying health issues. An average menstrual cycle lasts about 28 days which might slightly vary from woman to woman. Tracking and knowing your menstrual cycle will help you to spot any kind of irregularity or changes occuring in your cycle. Understanding this timeline will not just help you to prepare for your periods but also help to spot any underlying health condition that leads to irregularity in the menstruation cycle.
#3. Can help to identity PCOS
PCOS or Polycystic Ovary Syndrome is a disorder that usually affects the women of reproductive age group. Caused due to bad genes, high levels of androgen produced by ovaries, excessive insulin or low grade inflammation PCOS tends to affect a woman's menstrual cycle. Polycystic ovaries and irregular periods are two of the most common symptoms of PCOS.
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Also Read: 5 Natural Remedies To Reverse PCOS Symptoms
Keeping a regular tab of your menstrual cycle can help you to detect any irregularities and give an early indication of PCOS. It is important to detect and treat PCOS as soon as possible because it can lead to complications such as infertility, metabolic syndrome, depression, cancer, sleep apnea, miscarriage, diabetes and abnormal uterine bleeding.
#4. Helps you to get Pregnant
Menstruation and ovulation are two things that go hand in hand. Ovulation takes place about 14 days before your periods. These are the days when a woman is most fertile. Having an unprotected sexual intercourse during the ovulation period can help to increase your chances of getting pregnant. Ovulation is an important part of the menstruation cycle that occurs when an egg is released from the ovaries. This egg, when fertilized by a sperm, travels to the uterus and gets implanted and results in pregnancy. Keeping a track of your menstruation also helps you to tab the ovulation calendar and hence you can increase your chances of getting pregnant.
#5. Helps to avoid pregnancy
Are you scratching your head in confusion after reading this thinking that tracking your period helps in getting pregnant and avoiding it at the same time? Let us help you out in clearing this confusion. Keeping a track of your periods help you to know about your ovulation which tells you about your most fertile days. In order to avoid unwanted pregnancy one must refrain
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themselves from having a sexual intercourse during the time of ovulation. No matter what, do not forget to use protection to avoid unwanted pregnancies.
#6. Helps to manage skin related problems
You might have observed that your acne and skin issues tend to flare up. These skin related issues caused due to hormonal imbalance and fluctuation around your periods can be really stubborn. Your estrogen levels tend to drop and progesterone levels increase post ovulation. This hormonal fluctuation leads to increased sebum production that compresses the skin pores. As the pores get clogged due to extra sebum production, it leads to flaring up of various skin related issues such as pimples, acne, whiteheads, blackheads, etc.
#7. Improves your sex life
Yes you read it right, knowing about your menstrual cycle and tracking your periods can actually help you to improve your sex life. It not just helps you to plan things better but can also intensify your orgasm. The second week of the menstruation cycle is said to be the perfect time to spice up as at this time the levels of oestrogen and testosterone tends to rise. This increase in hormonal levels help women to achieve orgasm easily.
Keeping a track of your menstrual cycle is not just something that will help you to know about the date on which your period is going to arrive but can also be an indication of some or the other underlying health issue. Women who are trying to conceive need to take this period tracking into consideration as it can help them to know about their most fertile days and hence increase their chances of pregnancy. One can either make a period tracker on their own by following a calendar or use a mobile application for the same.