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How to Track Your Cycle Without Using a Tracker App

Amanda WinsteadTracking your cycle is likely an important part of your routine. Doing so helps you to manage your life, practice self-care, and to learn when that time of the month is around the corner. Many turn to tracker apps to follow their cycle, but recently, these apps have been getting a bad rep. In fact, many users are deleting their apps, both for political reasons and because of the general fear that the data they store on this tech can be stolen by cybercriminals.

If you do decide to deactivate your app, then you should know that there are many other low-tech ways that you can track your cycle without being plugged in. Today, we will talk about app trackers and alternative tracking methods.

Tracking Your Cycle Is Important

As technology evolves, tactics like telehealth and wireless technology are making it easier for us to practice good health habits. Along with that is the rise of cycle-tracking apps that can help us manage our lives. Cycle tracking is essential for good health because it can help us to stabilize our mood and protect our skin when our hormones shift. Most importantly, keeping good records is essential so we can take notice if there is an abnormality that may require us to see the doctor.

Cycle tracking is also essential for prioritizing self-care. For instance, in many cases, our skin can become oily closer to our period, but you can change up your skincare regimen and daily hygiene routines, so you can feel your best. Tracking your cycle can also help you to make sense of your food cravings so you can continue your healthy diet even if you feel a sudden urge to eat badly.

Your Data Could Be At Risk

Yes, tracking your cycle is important, but how you do it may soon be changing. Recently, the Supreme Court overturned Roe v. Wade, which is the constitutional right to abortion. Because of that ruling, many have decided to delete the information they have on their tracking apps for fear that one day the data could be used against them if they decide to have an abortion. While that may or may not come to pass, the fact is that the company behind each tracking app will have its own rules for privacy and what it can do with your information, so caution is essential.

The other issue is that, regardless of what happens in the political spectrum, any information that you put online or enter into apps can be stolen by hackers. Even if you aren’t entering credit card and Social Security numbers, cybercriminals can still steal your email, birth date, and other personal information, and sell it on the black market to other criminals.

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Even with all of this in consideration, many still choose to use tracker apps. However, if you want to get off of the digital grid, then you have other options. Below are several low-tech methods to consider:

Create A Spreadsheet

One idea you can consider is creating a spreadsheet with a program like Microsoft Excel. You don’t have to be online to use the program. Excel is handy for long-term archival because you can put years of data onto a single spreadsheet, so you always know where you are in the month and what part of your cycle lies ahead. The best part is that you can go online and use an Excel-to-PDF converter to change the spreadsheet into a shareable PDF document that you can put on your smartphone, so you always have the data at your fingertips.

Write It With A Pen And Paper

If you really want to stay off of the grid, then you can create a spreadsheet of your own by using a pen and paper. You can keep this document near your bed or any place where you will remember it when it comes time to make your notations. If at any time you want to consolidate your notes, you can always scan your paperwork into your computer.

Use A Calendar

If you want something simple like a pen and paper, then you can also use a regular 12-month calendar to track your cycle. You can hang it on the wall in your bedroom or bathroom, so you don’t lose track.

Use A Bullet Journal

When you want to take control of your body and avoid using apps, then you can also try a bullet journal.

Essentially, this journal takes the idea of a spreadsheet to new heights because, in addition to the dates of your cycle, you also add notes, a mood tracker, a list of self-care tips for certain days, the dates of your ovulation, and the symptoms that you experienced during the period. Having all of this comprehensive information will help you to feel more “in control” every time your period comes around. If you don’t want to include all of that additional information, then just add a dot to a grid for each day of your cycle.

As you can see, there are many ways that you can track your cycle without going online and risking your privacy. Consider these tips and be ready for anything month after month.

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Amanda Winstead is a writer from the Portland area with a background in communications and a passion for telling stories. Along with writing she enjoys traveling, reading, working out, and going to concerts. If you want to follow her writing journey, or even just say hi you can find her on Twitter.  

NOTE: The views expressed in this article are those of the author and do not necessarily represent or reflect the views of Nannocare. Nannocare is not affiliated, associated, authorized, endorsed by, or in any way officially connected with the author of this article, or any of its subsidiaries or its affiliates. 

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