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Thread: Is the first day of spotting considered day 1 of your period?

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    Is the first day of spotting considered day 1 of your period?

    I'm confused again. Because on link removed, it says count Day One of your period as the first day it's flowing, not just spotting.

    Well going by the 28 day cycle length, my period was due to start yesterday (if I'm one of those with a 28 day cycle.) Well it did. It was just blood spotting, you know (like when you wipe, you see blood.. not trying to be nasty, but you girls know what I mean.) Not enough for a tampon, just a light panty shield.

    Well, today it's a flow rather than spotting. Do I count today as my first day on my period or yesterday?? I never heard before that you don't count blood spotting as being your first day on your period, I always heard that it's considered 'light flow' and you're still on your period.

    I know, it's kinda sad that at 21 years old I still don't know any of this stuff.

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    Time to inform yourself.

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    I've always marked the first day of my period the first day I see blood, so I would mark yesterday as the day you started.

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    I agree with MS - I would count the first day you see blood as the first day. However, as long as you're regular it shouldn't matter that much (I remember you are trying to get pregnant) - your ovulation calculation will just be an estimate anyway, and give or take 24 hrs should not matter since sperm have a long "shelf life".

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    I would consider yesterday your first day as well. It can take 24 hours for blood to make its way down the vagina once your period starts, especially if it starts slowly.

    Are you trying to get pregnant?

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    I think the only reason why they tell you to wait til it's flowing is because in some cases, you can have spotting for a day, then nothing.

    But in your case, the spotting was the beginning of the actual 'flow' so it counts.

    Does that make sense?

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    My vote is that yesterday was your first day of your period, too.

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    Okay, thanks people. It does make sense yes. Thanks Robowarrior for the link. I'm now informed.

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    Originally Posted by Hope75
    I would consider yesterday your first day as well. It can take 24 hours for blood to make its way down the vagina once your period starts, especially if it starts slowly.

    Are you trying to get pregnant?
    No, I *was* but then changed my mind. So I'm glad my period started.

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    I always counted from the day I saw blood and it always worked for me!

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