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Spotting or AF, what to put on my chart


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September 25th, 2007, 12:39 PM
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Would you mark this on your chart as AF or spotting? Do you think I am on to my next cycle or something else is going on? I think this is AF and not implantation or anything like that. Not that I couldn't be wrong but I have had AFs that started like this before and I am getting BFNs gallore! I had brown spotting this morning but haven't had anything since. Any thoughts on why my period is acting so screwy. (I am still breastfeeding so maybe that is why)
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September 25th, 2007, 02:57 PM
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Here are the guidelines I teach (Billings Ovulation Method), but they may differ from some other charting systems.

If you confirmed ovulation in the previous cycle:
- chart it as CD1 only if the flow is heavy enough to require more than just a pantyliner, otherwise consider it pre-menstrual spotting and leave it with the previous cycle. This enables you to calculate an accurate Luteal Phase length, which is important for detecting medical problems or monitoring your reproductive health.

If you did not confirm ovulation in the previous cycle:
- do not start a new cycle. Even if you bleed heavily, chart the bleeding as a continuation of the previous cycle as it could be breakthrough/ovulatory bleeding or withdrawal bleeding and not a true menstruation.

Unfortunately, I can't help you much further than that as there isn't enough data on either chart from the last 10 days to say just what's going on for sure.
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