The summer months are here and we all know what that means – traveling through time zones, sun tanning, beach chilling, long nights and sipping cocktails.
Traveling can affect your routine and cycle for several reasons and it is not uncommon to experience a shift in your cycle. Some women experience shorter, longer or even anovulatory cycles.
Here’s some more info on what can affect your cycle when traveling, that way you’ll be prepared and can get to know your body even better.
Switching time zones
Usually the further you go, the more impact it will have on your cycle. This tends to go hand in hand with being exposed to completely different environments and jet lag that will affect sleeping patterns. That’s why we recommend tapping ‘deviating temp.’ until you have adjusted to the new time zone and have a good nights rest (1-2 nights upon arrival and departure).
Keep in mind that travel acts as a stressor on the body and can affect the length of your cycle and whether or not you ovulate. So it’s important to keep track of your cycle and to check the app every day, as things might shift.
Environment, Weather, and Dietary changes
Traveling usually means change – from the bed you sleep on to the food you eat. Although you might be traveling to a warmer country, your body tends to regulate its temperature quite well. So if you slept well, you can measure as normal. You can read more about how warm weather affects your temperature here.
Wondering how to use Natural Cycles when traveling? Check out our Cyclerpedia article for more info.
Hope you enjoy your summer holidays,
Your Natural Cycles Team