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I took a break from the boards for a short while, but not from TTC. We have definitely given it a good effort this month, now just waiting to know if it took. My question is this (despite successfully getting pregnant before)...how do you figure Day 1 of your cycle? I'm confused because an OBGYN told me Day 1 is the first day you see color of any kind (brown or red), but 2 websites say Day 1 is the first day you see red blood. My problem is that I usually have brown "CM" 3 days, give or take, before I bleed. Those days can make a big difference when trying to figure the best time to BD and estimated time of ovulation. What have you ladies heard? I need as many responses as possible, please! THANKS!!!
I have always heard the first day of any blood. But as the previous post I've always had red blood and never really any spotting. I'm in the same boat as you trying to just get all this down with which days of ovulation since getting off BC back in sept. I feel like I'm really starting to get it together thought..LOL
I think most sources/Dr's will say first day of red blood and not pre-period spotting. The pre-period spotting is caused when the corpus luteum is starting to die and the progesterone is starting to drop slighty. Its not until the corpus luteum fully dies and our progesterone levels plummet that our full period starts and day 1 of AF.
Oops, I just posted in your other thread that I didn't see this one- apparently I was blind before I definetly count the first day of actual flow as CD 1- spotting/brown CM can vary cycle to cycle. Also, if you're not exactly sure when you O, I might suggest using OPK's just to make sure you are BDing at the right time. Good luck!
Annalise is hoping to be a big sister on June 28, 2014. Forever missing her big brother, Matthew, stillborn on July 1, 2010.