Tracking your period during menopause can be helpful in understanding the changes that occur as you transition through this stage of life.
Menopause is officially confirmed after 12 consecutive months without a menstrual period. However, during the perimenopause phase (the period leading up to menopause), menstrual cycles can become irregular, with varying cycle lengths and changing symptoms. Using the Emme app to track your period is a great way to confirm progress toward menopause, and we understand that some people might want additional options as well. Here are some steps to track your period during menopause:
- Calendar Method: Keep a menstrual calendar or use a period tracking app to record the start and end dates of your menstrual periods. Make note of any symptoms or changes you experience during each cycle. (We love the Emme app for this.)
- Cycle Length: Monitor the length of your menstrual cycles. In perimenopause, cycles may become longer or shorter than usual, and they may vary in length from one cycle to the next.
- Menstrual Flow: Pay attention to the flow of your periods. Menstrual flow during perimenopause can sometimes be heavier or lighter than usual.
- Symptoms: Take note of any symptoms you experience during your menstrual cycle, such as hot flashes, mood swings, night sweats, or changes in vaginal dryness. These symptoms can be related to hormonal fluctuations during menopause.
- Hormone Tracking: Some women choose to track their hormone levels through home hormone testing kits. These kits can measure levels of hormones like estrogen and progesterone in saliva or urine, providing insight into hormonal changes during menopause.
- Consult with a Healthcare Provider: If you have concerns about your menstrual changes or menopausal symptoms, it's essential to consult with a healthcare provider. They can help you track your menstrual patterns and provide guidance on managing menopause-related symptoms.
Menopause is a standard biological process, and every woman's experience is unique. Menstrual changes during menopause are entirely normal, but if you experience any concerning symptoms or have irregular bleeding patterns, it's essential to seek advice from a healthcare professional.
Additionally, keep in mind that tracking your period can be useful, but the definitive confirmation of menopause is based on 12 months without a menstrual period. If you suspect you have reached menopause or are experiencing menopausal symptoms, consult with your healthcare provider for proper evaluation and guidance.