Cycle day counting question

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Cycle day counting question
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Thu, 01-28-2010 - 3:13pm

Hi. I am TTC and I was hoping that someone here could answer a question for me. I spotted 3 days before AF arrived. Should I start counting from the 1st day of spotting or the 1st day of actual AF? Spotting before AF is not typical for me; in fact, I thought that it might be implantation bleeding because it was still 8 days before AF was due (AF started 5 days early). Any thoughts?


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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 3:29pm
Day 1 is the first day of bright red blood, not spotting. Sorry to hear she showed, good luck trying!
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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 4:16pm
Thank you so much!
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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 10:56pm
Sorry AF showed so early on you...that's a bummer especially when you're ttc!
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Fri, 01-29-2010 - 11:19pm
I love that there's a place where I can go and talk to other people about the brightness of my flow! You ladies rock, thank you!
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Sat, 01-30-2010 - 10:55pm
We specialize in interesting conversation around here ;-)
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Sat, 01-30-2010 - 11:54pm
Thank you! I'm always astonished by the level of warmth I see on these boards. I love them!
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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 12:17pm
I came here to write what could have been this exact same post. Lately, I've been spotting really dark brown blood a few days before AF, and sometimes even have a really dark light flow before the bright red starts. I take it from pp that I should count CD1 when I get the bright stuff, right? Even if the dark stuff before is enough for a panty liner?
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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 1:15pm

Yeah, count from bright red. Interesting that your spotting was brown- mine was bright red. I guess it was just sex-related.


Good luck!

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Fri, 02-12-2010 - 3:49pm
For both of you with your pre-AF spotting issues, you might try taking 100mg vitamin B6 daily and see if that shortens or even eliminates the spotting.

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Mon, 02-15-2010 - 4:06pm
Thanks, Sue. I'll check that out. I think I finally have real flow today (on CD 27), after 5 DAYS of spotting. It's so frustrating.
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