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How to Properly Track Your Cycle

The most important statistic for your hormonal health - how long is your cycle?

Cycle tracking has definitely become more popular recently with the addition of apps like Clue and Flo, but I still find most women don't actually know how to answer that question above.

A lot of people will answer how long their period lasts, which, although is important, is not as vital as cycle length.

So what is cycle length and why is it so important?

Cycle length is the number of days from Day 1 of your period one month to Day 1 of your period the next month.

A "normal" cycle length ranges from 24 to 35 days between periods.

Knowing your cycle length is important because it tells us a lot of information - particularly about when you ovulate, or if you are ovulating in the first place.

Why is that so exciting? Because ovulation is the star of the show and the true marker of great hormonal health!

If your cycle is shorter than 24 days you might be ovulating early, and if your cycle is longer than 35 days then you are likely ovulating late. In both cases, you might not even be ovulating at all.

There are variety of different causes and hormonal imbalances that can cause your cycles to move in either direction - but having that average length tells us where to look.

Now, not everyone's cycle comes on day 28 every single month, and that's okay! Any variation within 5 days from month to month is perfectly normal.

For example, you might have a cycle that is 29 days in length and then the next month it is 32 days in length and that is totally normal!

To track your cycle you can simply keep track of every Day 1, which is the first day of your period. If you have any spotting leading up to your period, that is technically part of the previous cycle, so you can log Day 1 as the first day of full flow.

Happy cycle tracking!

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