Tracking Your Menstrual Cycle to Help Manage Endometriosis
To continue the theme of raising awareness for endometriosis management this March, I've recently written about tracking your menstrual cycle to help manage endometriosis.
There are many ways you can do this, and recently we've been reading Code Red in our Book Club, which has completely changed our understanding of our menstrual cycles, so we can work with them rather than against them. Getting to grips with your menstrual cycle can really help you understand what to expect and when to expect it when it comes to life with endometriosis. Read the column below...
Do you know what date you’re due on next? Do you know when your last period finished? Can you recognize your symptoms of PMS?
Don’t worry, neither do I. I know I’m due roughly around the end of the month, but I definitely can’t remember the last day of my period and I always get caught out by my PMS symptoms. It’s OK. We all have so much going on in our lives, so getting to grips with our periods isn’t necessarily going to be at the top of our priority list.
Having said that, getting to know our cycles and understanding them can help us with our day-to-day lives and with easing the symptoms of endometriosis. It can help us understand when to avoid our triggers, when to eat certain foods to support our well-being, or when to take it easy on ourselves. I can’t tell you how many periods took me by surprise, causing me excruciating pain during a really important event or meeting. Beginning to understand our cycle means we have more of a handle on endometriosis and puts us back in control.
Luckily, we’re in an age when learning about our cycles doesn’t have to be done alone. Countless books, websites, and workshops are now tailored around the menstrual cycle, so you can find something that suits your lifestyle.
Many period apps are out there (some better than others), but not many are tailored to life with endometriosis. Flutter Health was developed by Kristy Curry, who had suffered for several years with endometriosis and knew there had to be a better way.
The free app monitors endometriosis symptoms, tracks periods, helps predict fertility (if that’s your kind of thing), and even has sections on meal plans, medication, and pain management. To top it all off, the app isn’t just for those with endo, it’s also for people who are dealing with extremely painful periods that could be related to endometriosis or other conditions. To help, the app includes diagnosis tools and even specialist suggestions.
Read the rest of the column on Endometriosis News