On average you will get your period anywhere between 21 and 35 days if you're a woman and between 21 and 45 days if you are an adolescent. One of the most empowering things you can do for your self-care as a woman is to know when your period will come. Why? Because, if unprepared, menstruation can be an interruption to your daily life, or cause major embarrassment – have you ever bled through your clothes in public?
Your menstrual cycle is as natural a process as digestion and you should feel empowered to do the same things you ordinarily would whether or not you are on your period. Horseback riding, surfing, hiking, jogging, shopping, yard work, work-work, school, biking, fishing, hunting, cooking or Netflix and chilling, you can do it ALL (or nothing) on your period. The choice is yours!
So then, how does one go about knowing exactly when her period will start? Well, we're glad you asked!
If you have access to a smart phone, there's an app for that! Go to your app store and search for "period tracker" and a whole slew of options come up. Choose one. They’re typically very easy to use. They are great at predicting your period months (sometimes years) in advance and even adjust the dates if your period doesn’t come exactly every 28 days. Apps will also send you automatic alerts, a week and days in advance, to remind you your period is coming. Of course, this is the most modern, and easiest way to keep track of your period. The information is right at your fingertips and available to you at all times.
If you don’t have a smartphone, counting your period is easy! All you do is note the date of the first day you start your period every month and count how many days between. After you’ve done this for several months, you’ll soon realize the “average” days of your menstrual cycle. Like a period tracking app, the manual method can help you determine when your period will come months, even years out.