Updated on April 1, 2019
Cycle tracking has many benefits, and we hear from Clue users all the time that the act of tracking symptoms has helped them discover patterns, feel more connected to their bodies, and even get early diagnoses of illnesses or conditions.
Until now, knowing if your cycles are “normal” for you is something you’d need to interpret from tracking alone, or enlisting the help of a healthcare provider. To get a better understanding of your cycles, you can use Clue’s Analysis feature. This gives you a detailed analysis of your typical cycle length, period length, and cycle length variation, and notifies you when it might be the right time to seek additional assistance from a healthcare provider.
The menstrual cycle is like an additional vital sign, like your blood pressure or pulse. Your cycle can let you know when everything is working as usual, when your body is going through a change, or when something is not as it should be. Some variation in your cycle is completely normal, but a cycle that is consistently out-of-range may be the first noticeable symptom of a treatable health condition.
What do I get from enhanced Analysis?
Clue’s enhanced Analysis helps you learn what’s normal for you by giving you a personalized overview of your past cycle lengths, period lengths, and cycle length variation. You will see whether your cycle is considered irregular or regular, and possible reasons why this could be. This makes it easy to stay on top of your menstrual health—if any aspects of your cycle fall outside the normal clinical range for your age and birth control type, you will see a small “!” sign on your Analysis screen. Simply tap the “read more” button for more information.
Here’s what Analysis looks at:
Your cycle length is the number of days between the first day of your period and the day before your next period starts.
Your period length is the number of days that your period—your menstrual bleeding—lasts. In Clue these are the days where you have tracked light, medium or heavy flow.
Your cycle length variation is the variation in cycle length, measured in days, that occurs over a 12 month time span. You can think of this as the difference between cycles.
How does it work?
Simply track your period in Clue.
Clue’s standard Analysis gives you a detailed report about your typical cycle length and period length after one cycle. Once you have entered two or more cycles, you’ll see information about your cycle length variation.
For enhanced Analysis, you’ll be able to receive a detailed report about your period length, cycle length and cycle length variation. Once you have entered your period in Clue for two cycles, Analysis will let you know whether you are in the normal clinical ranges. Clue will alert you in case your cycles fall outside of those ranges, and you will be able to read a detailed explanation of why this may have happened.
How can I get it?
You can use the Analysis feature as a Clue account user. To view the Analysis feature in the app, tap on the graph icon to the right of the “+” button from the cycle view home screen.
If you've been using Clue for six months you'll be able to see your full Analysis right away. If you’re new to Clue, you will see a basic Analysis after you enter one cycle, but you will need to track for at least two cycles before Clue’s Analysis tells you if you’re within normal ranges. To get an enhanced Analysis sooner, go into the calendar view and enter your past periods.
There’s more to your period.
Download Clue for free to start tracking your cycle and learning more about your cycles through enhanced Analysis.
Article was originally published on July 23, 2018.