Menstruation is the monthly shedding of blood from the uterus, which happens to almost every woman on the planet at some point in her life. We are all massively dope, because, we can bleed straight on for a week without dying! (Try that, men!) Keeping track of periods can be of immense help in planning stuff – instead of suffering miserably unplanned, you can plan ahead and enjoy binge-watching your favourite shows in peace. Here we present to you a simple technique that will tickle your spidey senses to alert that blood is coming!
What causes Menstruation?
The uterus builds up a rich fertile bedding every month in anticipation that you will put a tiny life in there. When that does not happen, it becomes sad, dejected, and kicks away all the mucosal tissue and blood out through your vagina. This happens every month and is called periods or menstrual cycle. It typically starts around 12 years of age and may last up to 55 years. Don’t worry, not just us female humans are doomed with this setup – Elephant Shrews and Bats also have periods; the mighty Killer Whales have menopause!
Why do you need to keep an eye on your Periods?
People who have never had a period just read the above definition and nod, but they don’t completely understand what it can be like. You transform into a weepy, hungry, angry being every month with weird cravings and dull cramps.
– After the gruelling five days of bleeding, you step out the next day as a shining ray of optimism, only to find out your periods is not over yet! BAM! (We should all add ‘Pro level in getting blood out of clothes’ as a skill in our Resume!)
– When you don’t know you’re likely to get periods soon, you can alarm your beloved ones by suddenly sobbing emotionally about a commercial for baked peas. You may unknowingly spend too much time with people who piss you off and may start plotting murder schemes.
– If you are not a responsible human, you may be out of your underwear stock right before your periods!
– You vaguely remember that your monthly dragon hasn’t been unleashed yet, causing you to panic into a frenzy that you might be pregnant! Only if you had known that it was coming the next day!
– Or not understanding that your PMS is in its furious rage mode right now, you might online research all of the symptoms you’ve been having and unnecessarily end up believing you are dying.
– You might sleep innocently on pristine pure white sheets and that too not in your home.
– Very irregular mensuration can be a sign of underlying body issues like thyroid problems, diabetes, hormone problems or liver diseases. Noting periods down can be of great help in your diagnosis.
– If you are trying to get pregnant, understanding your menstrual cycle can be of great help. You will get to know the days when your body is naturally eager to make a baby.
– If you are worried about getting pregnant, understanding your cycle is a must. You will get to know the days when your body is secretly plotting to give you a surprise and you can stay safe.
So for all these apparent reasons, we are now going to learn how to calculate your menstrual cycle. This will grant you the power to see the overcoming gush so you can be well prepared.
The Menstrual Cycle
The Menstrual Cycle begins on the first day of your period. If you spot, that does not count – the day when your actual bleeding starts will be the first day of your cycle.
The number of days in your cycle can be found out by counting the number of days between your periods. It is the number of days from the first day of your last periods to the day before your next periods. The average bleeding time is 5 days and the average cycle length is 28 days, but it can vary depending on many factors.
Once you find out your cycle length and bleeding days, you can go ahead and mark those days on your calendar with giant red letters. It can also be of great help if you note down your flow and what your PMS symptoms were.
One example would be,
I bled for 6 days this month. The first three days were heavy and the rest were lighter. I had lower back ache right before my periods and I was very moody. I got mild cramps during my periods but felt clearer in my mind.
This will help you prepare for your upcoming periods accordingly.
You can also use the same strategy on your desktop/ smartphone calendar; there are also many apps that help you keep track of your menstrual cycle, which can be very handy.
We hope this post cleared up your doubts about calculating your periods. Have any more questions? Let us know in the comments below!