Download a Free Menstrual Cycle Chart
There are as many reasons for keeping track of our cycles, as there are individual women. Some common reasons are: determining when we are fertile, finding out how affected we are by PMS, tracking irregular periods and menstrual pain, noticing pre-menopausal symptoms, and observing how daily choices and activities affect how we feel. Not all women have a hard time pre-menstrually; every one's cycle is unique. Our body chemistry changes at various times throughout our cycles and can be up or down depending on who we are and our life-styles.
The goal of this chart is to begin to recognize natural body rhythms. Once patterns begin to emerge, you can use the information to help make healthy choices about what your body needs rather than ignoring or covering up signals which can lead to poor health. With greater understanding you have a better chance of knowing what kind of energy you'll have in different phases of your cycle or at a particular time of year.
Day one of cycle, in the grid section, is the first day of menstruation. Put the date of the day you start bleeding in the first date square. Indicate in the "Menses Flow" boxes which days you are actually bleeding (colored pens are fun but not necessary). If you know when you are ovulating mark those days in the squares in the "Ovulation" row. The blank lines under "Ovulation" are for anything you want to track. For instance if you are using the basal body temperature method for birth control or conception put your daily morning temp in that row. Other choices might be sexual activity, exercise, diet, medications, sleep, moon phases... anything you want to keep track of. When you start your next period start a new page.
The upper part of the grid, above the "Day of Cycle" row, is a vertical 0-10 graph for charting daily energy levels. You can use the graph for anything you want to chart: mood levels body experiences or symptoms, mental clarity, consciousness... any energies that ebb and flow. 0) lowest 5) average 10)highest.
The "Days" below the grid, separated by horizontal lines are for notes. If you keep a regular journal you can refer to those pages for more details of what's going on.
If you've already been through menopause or are no longer menstruating, Day 1 can be the beginning of a calendar month or the New Moon. Be creative.
This chart is designed to fit inside a daytimer calendar or small journal by either cutting it or folding it in half and using a hole puncher. Feel free to copy as many of these as you need for your own personal use.