The hi-tech way to track your hor­mones

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It feels like ev­ery­thing’s go­ing dig­i­tal these days, even the track­ing of our pe­ri­ods! The pe­riod it­self is still 100% real, but with the right in­for­ma­tion you can bet­ter un­der­stand your monthly hor­mone cy­cle.

Speak­ing about fe­male health track­ing, GP Dr Dawn Harper ad­vises, ‘ Track­ing sim­ply means that you can en­ter data in real time about your own cy­cle and symp­toms, mean­ing that you don’t have to re­mem­ber and you can pre­dict how you’ll feel in the weeks ahead.’

While you could track it by mak­ing

a note in a di­ary, a new wave of phone apps are mak­ing things so much eas­ier. Cre­ate a pro­file, and hey presto. As well as not­ing de­tails of your pe­riod, the app tracks moods and phys­i­cal symp­toms. Dr Harper ex­plains that our en­ergy lev­els, motivation, abil­ity to con­cen­trate and ap­petite are all af­fected by hor­monal changes. ‘ By track­ing your cy­cle, you can pre­dict the times of the month when you’ll be most pro­duc­tive and when you may strug­gle.’ If there’s a stand­out day ev­ery month where your mood is er­ratic, try to avoid too many so­cial plans, in­stead opt for calm, mind­ful ac­tiv­i­ties.

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