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What to know about Clue’s Cycle Analysis feature

Understand your period in-depth and get notified when anything is outside the normal ranges.

Medically reviewed by Sarah Toler, DNP, CNM, and Amelie Eckersley
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Cycle tracking has many benefits. We hear from the people who use Clue that tracking their cycle-related experiences and 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 determine on your own or ask a healthcare provider. To get a better understanding of your cycles, you can now use the Analysis Tab. 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.

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Your menstrual 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 can be common, but a cycle that is consistently out-of-range may be the first noticeable sign of an important change or underlying condition.

Android and iOS screenshots of the Clue app cycle analysis tab

What do I get from the Analysis Tab?

The Analysis Tab helps you learn what to expect from your body 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 typical or atypical, 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 usual 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 the Analysis Tab shows you:

  • 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 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, the Analysis Tab 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 Tab fully when you subscribe to Clue Plus. To view the Analysis Tab 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 cycle 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 the Analysis Tab tells you if you’re within typical 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 the Analysis Tab.

This article was originally published July 23, 2018.

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