Updated: May 30, 2022
A picture of my period tracker from last month. I chose not to show my symptoms.
Tracking your period is very important, especially if you have dysmenorrhea. It can help you document important information related to fertility, the regularity of your periods, the length of your period, and painful symptoms that you experience.
This How-To will show you a creative way to track your period if you’re dealing with PMS, or experiencing painful symptoms before, during, or after your period.
If you’re wanting to track your period for fertility purposes, this blog won’t be helpful. Check out this video to get an idea of a tracking method that might work better for your needs. Please be encouraged to know that not everyone instantly gets pregnant and that’s okay.
Here is a step-by-step process of how I creatively track my period:
1. Grab a Journal
This period tracker is created in a journal, so you don’t have to share personal information through an app. You can use any kind of journal you want. Since I have a bullet journal, I added my period tracker to my monthly spreads.
2. Create a Design
Create any kind of design you want. It can be a heart, a circle, a flower, etc. Make sure that your design doesn’t take up the entire page, and that you’re able to divide the design into different sections. If you’re creating a period tracker for December, there needs to be 31 divided sections. If you’ve ever seen a coloring page where you color by numbers, this tracker works in a similar way.
3. Divide into Sections
Divide the design into the number of sections needed for that month, and number them. You’ll start with the number 1, marking the first day of the month, and end with the last day of the month.
4. Color Code your Symptoms
On the bottom or side of your page, you’re going to list all of your recurring symptoms. If you experience a lot of symptoms during your cycle, make sure you have room to record all of them. Draw a small circle next to each of the symptoms and then choose different colors for each symptom. Color each circle with a different color.
5. (Opt) Track your Flow
This is optional and not something I always do, but you can also record how heavy or light your period was that month.
6. Leave Blank when Needed
If there’s a day that you don’t experience any symptoms, don't color that section.
I hope this creative period tracking method helps you in your health journey! If you want to see a video where I set up my period tracker spread, check out my Instagram @amberscare.
Disclaimer: Amber’s Care should not replace medical advice. If you have questions about the following statements, please consult a doctor.