Menstrual Cycle Survey Results

The ladies telling it like it is

First of all, thank you so much for participating. This was a really interesting exercise and I am so grateful to all of you for taking the time to think about this thing that happens to us and for all the conversations that you started. Let's keep the discussions going!

We had some surprising and some not so surprising results. They really illustrated how different everyone's experience is, even though there was plenty of cross-over.

While this was a statistically significant quantity of responses, the group is not necessarily representative of the whole population. If you fall in smaller categories of the below, it does mean that your experience isn't "normal". There are so many factors at play.

As usual, if you do experience any type of extreme symptoms or there is a marked change in your symptoms, please go and see your healthcare professional right away.


The Results

 

Cycle Length

Period Duration

 

Monitoring and Managing

61%

Of you said you monitor or track your periods. The most popular method was to monitor with an app. You are using these apps to monitor your cycle:

1. Clue

2. Glow

3. Flo

4. Life

 

29%

Said you use contraception or hormones to manage your cycle.

 

What are your Symptoms?

The top four symptoms you experienced appeared with almost the same frequency. Almost all of you showed at least 1 or more of the top 4 in your responses.

1. Mood Swings, irritability, short temper, anger, anxiousness and feeling emotional

2. Fatigue, low energy, general tiredness

3. Cramps, ranging in severity from mild to foetal-position-extreme

4. Loose bowels, diarrhea, nausea, upset stomach and increased frequency of needing to go

 

After that we had tender breasts, breakouts, bloating, headaches and back pain. 

In short: there were a lot of different symptoms.

It was very interesting to see digestive issues being on par with cramps. These symptoms included mostly loose bowels. And you thought you were the only one! 

It was less surprising to see mood changes be a big factor but what was interesting was the detail with which you understood the change. Responses included irritability, short temper, anger. emotional and anxiety. It is certainly a good idea to try to avoid having to make big decisions during that part of the cycle although life, of course, has other ideas.

On a much brighter note, some of you were aware of times during your cycle where you feel really energised, particularly just before your period. 

 

When do you experience your symptoms?

87% Just before your period

65% During the period

19% During Ovulation

Severity of Symptoms

 

Tips and facts from respondents

CBD oil was helpful for mood and cramps

The pill drastically changed the experience of the symptoms

PCOS and Menorrhagia were featured for several respondents

The Implant or IUD was a common factor and it took a long time for some of your cycles to return to normal

Symptoms increased and decreased in severity after childbirth for some of you

Stress is a factor in the duration of the cycle and severity of symptoms for some of you

Fitness levels and regularity of training decreased severity of symptoms on several respondents

 

Check out our other articles on periods and menstruation.