One of the many benefits of charting is building this rich history of your menstrual cycle, which many say should be considered a vital sign, along with heart and respiratory rate. If you track symptoms, moods, and other factors along with your period, you may also be able to spot patterns in your cycle that might otherwise have been missed, which could help your doctor diagnose any underlying issues.
Whether you have a specific fertility goal or you’re wondering if lifestyle changes are working to regulate your cycle, seeing your cycles over time is super important to monitor your overall health. We always say that menstrual cycles are not exactly 28 days for most people, varying not only from person to person but also from cycle to cycle for the same individual. But remember that your menstrual cycles should still be more or less around the same length from each other. A little variation is normal, but if your cycle lengths are 2 weeks longer or shorter from each other, that may mean something is amiss (1).
Providing an easy visual of what your cycles look like over time is just one of many ways Cycle Stats could help you in your long-term health and fertility journey.
Cycle History and Cycle Stats are available for both Kindara Premium and Basic users. If you’ve recorded at least 3 cycles of data, you’ll see graphs for your overall cycle length and menstruation lengths. If you’re tracking basal body temperature and marking temperature shifts, you’ll also have graphs for your follicular phase and luteal phase lengths. These graphs make it easy for you, and your healthcare provider, to see how consistent — or not — these phases are when compared to the same phase over time.
How to read your Cycle Stats
Above each graph, you’ll see the average and range (low to high) for each of these components of your cycle.
Each bar represents the data for one cycle and the most recent cycle is shown on the right. For your current cycle, the bars on each graph will be blank or gray until you enter data (see Cycle 62 below).
The number at the bottom of each bar shows how many days in that cycle had data selected for that. For Cycle Length, this number represents the total number of days for that cycle.
Want to see your cycle stats in a list? Tap the Cycle History line below the graph to see a list of your cycles, with the start date, and the length of that phase of your cycle for each one.
What about Moods, Symptoms, and Custom Data?
If you’re a Kindara Premium member, we’ve got more great news for you: Cycle Stats will also show you statistics and graphs for Symptoms, Moods, and Custom Data that you’re recording regularly. If you’re tracking diet, exercise, and other lifestyle factors with your Custom Data fields, those will automatically show on your Cycle Stats screen. The graph will be created from your actual data and show how many times during that cycle that field was recorded. If that wasn’t used at all in a cycle, no bar will appear.
If you're tracking these and suspect they might be correlated to each other, you can tap the pin in the upper right corner to pin graphs to the top of Cycle Stats so you can look at them together and compare them.
For example, if you record a Custom Data field that tracks dairy and a Symptom that shows bloating, you can pin those to the top and see if bloating and increased intake of dairy might be related. Our example below shows that Fatigue and being in an Irritable mood might be related. These are simplistic examples, but the possibilities are endless on what might be uncovered now that you can see your data this way. How cool is that?
That’s all for now, but keep an eye out for more new features coming soon!
Want all this and more? See what else you get when you subscribe to Kindara Premium:
Excited to check it out? Here’s how.
iPhone: Tap More, then Statistics.
Android: Tap Menu, then Statistics.
Remember, if you’ve recorded at least 3 cycles of data, you’ll see graphs for your overall cycle length and menstruation lengths. If you’re tracking basal body temperature and marking temperature shifts, you’ll also have graphs for your follicular phase and luteal phase lengths.