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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'?

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.

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.

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'.

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..

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.

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?

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.

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.

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.

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

Only tracked it when trying to conceive.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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

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

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.

MissSingerbrains Mon 25-Feb-19 00:03:58

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MissSingerbrains Mon 25-Feb-19 00:02:07

I’ve always tracked mine since I was a teenager. I just think it’s a good idea to have a record in case the cycle suddenly goes wonky.

I just mark it in my calendar. Speaking of apps though, I was just reading recently about apps sharing information etc, and it ended up with Facebook getting all these women’s period information from health apps shock

Unicornfeathers Sun 24-Feb-19 23:15:14

I track mine after being ‘told off’ by the GP for not tracking. I started bleeding every two weeks but had no record what so ever blush

Strangely enough I started tracking and it fixed itself and has never repeated.

I have really very good periods that only last a few days so no reason to track other than my own record.

TearingUpMyHeart Sun 24-Feb-19 23:07:13

I also use it to ..

Schedule hot sex with hot lovers
Track my mid cycle randyness
Explain my end of cycle mood swings
Tell gp why I need more hrt

So wait two or three years til perimenopause hits and it might come in handy grin

Stripyhoglets Sun 24-Feb-19 23:01:01

I've got an app as I'm older and want to track.if they become irregular. But only for the last year or two. It's quite useful for predicting when I'll feel like shit!

MrsJBaptiste Sun 24-Feb-19 22:54:53

It's always a surprise when I get a period God, yes and not a nice surprise either! 😮

I've never tracked mine either and it was quite a surprise to realise a few years ago that I'd gone 10 months without one. Not pregnant, not sure what was going on! Absolutely gutted when they returned one day out of the blue 😣

Haisuli Sun 24-Feb-19 22:13:56

I'm 45 and have been tracking for a year. I think I'm perimenopausal and I keep getting UTIs, which are always better when I get my period. I think I'm the only one who likes having periods. Sometimes I have short 21 day cycles which I like. My longest has been 36 days and I hated it. I dread the menopause.

Makemeaname Sun 24-Feb-19 22:10:08

I track mine in the fitbit app. It's just there so it's easy and I open the app every day to check my sleep and so I can see "oh yeah I'm due this week" or whatever. Helpful when I'm going away for a few days - if I'm due I'll take sufficient products for the whole trip, if not I'll generally just take one days worth just in case.

TemporaryPermanent Sun 24-Feb-19 21:13:36

It's quite hard work grin

They're all infrequent though, tbh married women with quite quiet sex lives would be getting more sex than me, though possibly less of it via sexting.

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