Every month a woman gets their menstrual cycle, it gives more information on how the body is doing overall. I liken it to a monthly report card!
I encourage women to not only track their day 1's of their cycles (first day of flow), but also to track other signs and symptoms.
So what can go wrong?
Hormonal fluctuation is normal but we need to learn to adapt to the ups and downs. This is what I call hormonal resilience. Once you have a few cycles tracked, either on a calendar or on an app like Flo, Clue, or Ovia, you will get a better sense of what normal is for you, when you feel at your best, or where in your cycle you need better support. Sometimes tracking all the information is enough to figure out the hormonal imbalance; and sometimes bloodwork or a DUTCH test is necessary to get the full picture.