The chart shows what a filled in and evaluated cycle sheet can look like with an experienced user. Your guide to the cycle sheet is the narrow row „cycle day“, where you can enter the results for up to 40 days. The cycle sheet starts at the first day of menstrual bleeding (menstruation, period, monthly bleeding)
This day is also the first day of your cycle. Make a note of this date in the date row under cycle day 1 and fill in the rest of the date row. The bleeding is entered underneath the “date” row. You can indicate how heavy bleeding is by using longer or shorter lines. You can use dots to indicate very light bleeding (spotting). Make a note of all bleeding you have during the cycle.
Some women have spotting before menstrual bleeding actually starts. These days are part of the previous cycle. The new cycle starts on the day when bleeding starts at a normal rate of flow. An important factor in this method is observing cervical mucus and the way it changes. You may have noticed „discharge“ coming from your vagina, but you may not have realized that it is anything to do with your fertility. Now you can start to become more aware of it.
Observing cervical mucus
There are different ways of observing cervical mucus: You can feel, touch and see it.
Basal body temperature (BBT)
If you monitor your morning body temperature throughout a cycle, you will see that there are two temperature levels. Before ovulation, in the first phase of the cycle, basal body temperature is slightly lower.
At around ovulation it then rises, generally by a few tenths of a degree centigrade.