5 Health Cycles Every Woman Should Track
We all hear that we should be recording our reproductive health, but why is it so necessary for women? Well, it turns out that the simple action of tracking just might be better for your overall long-term health. As more studies are published about women’s health and we learn more about reproductive systems, it’s becoming a prioritization to monitor that aspect of our health, now more than ever.
How You’re Affected
Going days, weeks, or months without your period can be alarming. What’s worse is if you don’t know when your last period really was. This information is important because your period is a big indicator on how your body is doing. Having a record can greatly help you and your doctor figure out what may be the issue, causes, and what the next steps are.
Not only the presence of periods needs to be tracked but also the absence. Menopause usually occurs in women of ranging in their 40’s-50’s and marks the end of the menstrual cycle, which is diagnosed after 12 months of no periods. Since the ovaries make estrogen and progesterone hormones, when they stop releasing monthly eggs it can lead to health problems. Low levels of estrogen can raise the risk of heart disease, stroke, and osteoporosis. Tracking the symptoms of these diseases is also important for those who are menopausal.
For women who take birth control, it isn’t unheard of that many need to test out what type or brand is best suited for them. The trial and error can be excruciating, especially when the changes are less noticeable day to day. Tracking your period, blood pressure, weight, skin issues, digestive issues, and mood swings can help you easily identify the changes in your body throughout time. Recording the effects that your birth control causes can help you when requesting your doctor to prescribe a brand or dose that is better for you.
For women who are planning to conceive a child-whether it be naturally or through assisted procedures- knowing your cycle consistencies or inconsistencies, can help determine your fertile window. Not only is it stressful to plan out optimal times to conceive, but constant attempts can take an emotional toll on you. Tracking your weight, mood, and cycle to present to your doctor can also help when determining possible fertility barriers and to set up optimal lifestyle choices to improve chances of conception.
Irregular periods can be an indication that your body is malnourished, going through physical or mental trauma, or developing a condition. It is vital to your present and future health that you see a doctor when you notice consistent irregularities or an absence in your period. When you feel pelvic pain, pain during sex, or unbearable period cramping, you should consult with your doctor.
Logging your periods as well as your mood, pain, or fluctuations is not only the #1 way to protecting your health and preventing potential issues, but it’s also the best way to self-advocate. Having that knowledge and data for your cycle will help when presenting your symptoms and receiving the help you deserve from your healthcare professional!
Not only is tracking good for planning but it’s also vital for prevention. According to the World Health Organization, cervical cancer is the 4th most common cancer in women. In 2018, out of 570,000 women who were diagnosed with cervical cancer, 311,000 died from the disease.
Fortunately, cervical cancer is one of the most successfully treatable forms of cancer when caught and managed early. This is why understanding your body and knowing what is and what is not normal in your regular reproductive health is a must! Logging symptoms like irregular menstrual bleeding, pelvic pain, and weight loss all can be big identifiers of cervical cancer.
Keeping track whether it’s on your calendar, in a graph, in a chart, or logged in your phone is so important. Luckily, TAMVOES allows you to do all of that! With our integration with Apple Health, get seamless insight of all your tracked vitals like cycle tracking, blood pressure, pain and mood scale, symptoms, and more. A free account with TAMVOES can help you log your vitals all in one place, while conveniently sharing with your physician. Get ahead of your health, get started today!
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