Some people (like Jess here) experience a cycle of changing progesterone and estrogen that lasts 20-30(ish) days. This process can be a bear on your body.
The good thing is that this happens in a cycle. It doesn't matter if your hormones are self-produced or prescribed, tracking your menstrual cycle can help you keep control of your life.
Choose Your Calendar
Private from outside eyes
Yet another thing to carry
Portable - in your phone
Can be backed up
Can do cycle calculations and predictions for you
Your private health information is technically not protected
What Should I Track?
Track any of the following as appropriate for you.
increased or decreased libido
increased irritability or other "over-emotional" feelings
migraines and headaches
uterine shedding ("bleeding")
Make Sense Of Your Observations
Everyone's cycle is unique. Yours will be different from your roommate's. It might even vary from your previous cycle. This is not unusual.
You will still notice patterns, keeping you in control of your body.
You have a monthly cycle that often seems irregular, but you have noticed that you bloat, get cramps, and feel low energy. Would tracking this help you?
Align Observations With Cycle Phases
If applicable to you, aligning your observations with common phases of the cycle can give you even more predictive power!
Physical changes to a face (bloating, bloodflow) due to menstrual hormones
Menstrual/Menses - Progesterone production/dosage stops; cramps; a uterus, if present and able to, will shed its lining.
Follicular - Estrogen production/dosage starts; preparation to ovulate and ovulation for a person with ovaries, sometimes accompanied by cramping.
Luteal - Progesterone production/dosage starts and increases; bloating ; discomfort; and other PMS symptoms.