What to Track
Keeping track of your period symptoms on a monthly cycle calendar is easy, but it’s one of those things that won’t work unless you do it regularly. On top of noting when you start and stop your period, try writing down when you get cramps, mood changes, changes in your vaginal discharge, pain when you don’t expect it, or other symptoms you think might be period-related.
After a few cycles, you’ll likely see, a pattern. Then you can even foresee symptoms and be ready for them. PMS coming up? Stash some medicine in your purse. Period due? Stock up on pads so you aren’t caught without one when you need it most!
If you've been having periods for a while, you know what your normal flow is. Keep track of light or heavy bleeding and any changes in color and texture (like blood clots). Also note any unusual vaginal secretions that occur during the month. You may notice a thicker or stickier discharge at mid-cycle — this is normal and means you’re ovulating.