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In my 40s and have never really tracked my periods

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MrsMaisel Sun 24-Feb-19 09:55:47

am i just disorganised? Am I alone? Occasionally when things seem to be going a little awry i will look back at a calendar and try to reverse engineer some semblance of a record... but never really able to pin point days. I feel a bit daft whenever a doctor asks me the date of my last period - i sort of look up to the ceiling and guesstimate. Can I just hide behind the expression, 'going with the flow'?

clairemcnam Mon 25-Feb-19 00:22:13

Never ever tracked mine, and I have always had very heavy periods. CBA. I have been lectured a few times by GPs though when I have said I had no idea when my last period was.

LimeKiwi Mon 25-Feb-19 00:29:48

40 something here and always never tracked - had 2 kids too.

ChanklyBore Mon 25-Feb-19 00:32:14

No tracking here. I just make up a date when asked when my last one was. I’d notice if they stopped. I notice if I have one when I have a big event, holiday or Christmas for eg

I am lucky in that they don’t impair my life at all and They start with an occasional smear rather than a sudden onset, so I don’t have any worry of suddenly having a period or have to carry sanitary stuff around with me. But I don’t know when I had my last one and I don’t know when my next one is due.

PickAChew Mon 25-Feb-19 00:32:43

I never did until last year. I'm close to menopause now and my last cycle was 6 months. Tracking absolutely needed.

clairemcnam Mon 25-Feb-19 00:55:00

Why is it needed? I am in peri menopause, periods are very irregular, I still don't bother.

ImNotKitten Mon 25-Feb-19 00:57:39

I track mine because they’re so painful that I try to avoid making plans on the first couple of days of each period.

halfwitpicker Mon 25-Feb-19 01:02:02

Only tracked it when trying to conceive.

Chouetted Mon 25-Feb-19 18:57:58

I track mine so that I can plan around it - also that if people who otherwise like me tell me I'm being seriously unreasonable, I can have a quick check and see if they might be right.

Chouetted Mon 25-Feb-19 18:59:18

Also, I don't get warning cramps like PPs have mentioned, it's just suddenly blood everywhere. Helpful to have an idea when that might be coming.

NottonightJosepheen Mon 25-Feb-19 19:02:52

I clicked on this because I too read that Guardian article yesterday, promptly downloaded an period tracker app and my period duly arrived today.

Mine is very regular, 32 ish day cycle but never really kept track. I just can't understand why I never did this sooner.

NameChanger22 Mon 25-Feb-19 19:04:42

I've never tracked, I just carry a tampon. My periods have always been light and last only 2 days, no period pains or PMT.

Why would I need to know if I am perimenopausal?

soulrider Mon 25-Feb-19 19:17:13

Mine gets tracked by the fitbit now but i never formally did before. They're eventful enough that I'd always know when the last one was and regular enough that i could work out when the next one was due.

contestingtheages Mon 25-Feb-19 19:22:28

I'm exactly the same. I don't know when I am due until I start to feel the distinct feeling I get when I am..

MrsMaisel Mon 25-Feb-19 19:57:16

Had to laugh - at the doctors today, filling out a form, and yet again hit the 'date of last period' question. Even worse than being asked for my NI number - I can't look it up anywhere! I just wanted to write, 'I guarantee I am not pregnant'.

NameChanger22 Mon 25-Feb-19 20:43:29

I got asked the date of my last period by a doctor a few months ago and I said "I dunno, a week or two ago". He then asked me if I could be pregnant. He must have heard the conviction in my voice when I said "DEFINITELY NOT" because he couldn't stop laughing.

Drum2018 Mon 25-Feb-19 20:53:57

Fitbit does it for me. I get notification on my phone when I'm allegedly fertile and then 2 days before my period is due. It came in handy at a doctors appointment recently.

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