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Structured Daily Diary Forms

Diaries & Handouts

Keeping track of your cycles and your experiences on a daily basis is an interesting and helpful thing to do. These “daily diary” forms give places to record both physical and emotional experiences during your cycles. Basal temperature records are an inexpensive way to detect ovulation, and you can learn to read your body’s signs. Women who are having problems associated with their cycles can use the diaries to document the patterns of experiences, and to test the effects of therapies (such as increased exercise, or vitamin supplements) for themselves. Finally, if you do find that you need to consult a health care provider about your cycles, the documentation of your experiences will help you to communicate your experience.

The Daily Diaries were first used in the early 1980’s and, over the years, have been revised to incorporate improved information. The development of the diaries was undertaken without financial support. CeMCOR makes them available to you without cost. Please consider making a donation to support research and the website.


You will need the free Adobe Acrobat Reader in order to read and print them. If you don't already have this program, you can download it for free here.

For adolescents and premenopausal women:

For perimenopausal women, including women with regular cycles who have hot flushes or night sweats:

For women who have gone at least 12 months without a menstrual period:

Quantitative Basal Temperature Instructions:


Menstrual Cycle Diary Instructional Video

This four-part series features Dr. Jerilynn Prior and a diverse panel of women discussing the importance of the menstrual cycle to a woman's overall health and explains how to keep track of your cycle using a Menstrual Cycle Diary.

Keeping the Menstrual Cycle Diary: Part 1 of 4


More videos:

Keeping the Menstrual Cycle Diary: Part 2 of 4

Keeping the Menstrual Cycle Diary: Part 3 of 4

Keeping the Menstrual Cycle Diary: Part 4 of 4

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