Let’s say that your last cycle began on August 6 and you want to be prepared for your first week of school. Good plan! August 6th, the first day you bled, will be Day 1 of your cycle, and the first piece of information we enter. Next up you’ll input the number of days you bled for, generally speaking about 5-7. Finally, you’ll be asked for the length of your cycle. On average, menstrual cycles last for 28 days, which means there are 28 days from the first day of one period to the first day of the next. Yours might be shorter or longer (21-35 days) depending on how long you’ve been menstruating, your age, activity level, and other factors besides! The important thing is that you are able to work with the period you have. If you already know this, go ahead and enter it! If this is your first time tracking, start by using the average of 28 days to get an estimate. Tip: if you know the start date of your last two periods, you can count the number of days from day 1 of the earlier period to day 1 of your most recent period. This will give you the length of your menstrual cycle!
To recap, you’ll need:
- The first day of your last period
- How long it lasted
- The length of your menstrual cycle
In the example above, we entered August 6 as the first day of your last period, 5 days for how long it lasted and 28 days for the length of your menstrual cycle. You’ll see that your next period would be expected September 4th, with the 4th through 8th outlined in red.
Still nervous? Remember that a Barely There® liner will keep you feeling confident in the lead up to your next period, and can help with any spotting you may experience.