Tracking your menstrual history doesn't require special preparation. However, if you want to use the rhythm method for birth control, consult your health care provider first if:
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- You recently had your first period, gave birth, or stopped taking birth control pills or other hormonal contraceptives
- You're breast-feeding
- You're approaching menopause
- You have irregular menstrual cycles
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- Smoley BA, et al. Natural family planning. American Family Physician. 2012;86:924.