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August 3rd, 2009, 06:04 AM
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I've read that the first day of your cycle is the first day you see red blood. Well, for me that was technically yesterday. I started cramping about 2pm, brown-colored spotting about 5pm, then actually bleeding at 11pm. Do I count yesterday as my first day, or today since it was so late last night that it actually happened.

My thinking is that, had I been asleep already, I wouldn't have known til this morning and would have counted today as day 1. But since I was awake and it was still Monday when it started, I'm not sure... Just don't want to mess up my chart.

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August 3rd, 2009, 08:00 AM
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For me personally, I would count it as last night.
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August 3rd, 2009, 08:19 AM
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It doesn't matter what color the bleeding is, the first day of your cycle is the the first of actual flow - when you require more than a pantyliner. Spotting days prior to that are part of the previous cycle and are counted as part of your Luteal Phase. So last night sounds right to me!
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August 3rd, 2009, 09:11 AM
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thanks ladies!
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August 8th, 2009, 12:22 PM
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Yep that's the way I've always heard it, the flow, not the color.
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