Post # 1
ok, probably Too Much Information, but I need a little help. Since going off birth control in Oct, I’ve had rather erratic cycles that are 60+ days long. Last cycle, I had a bit of spotting 2 days before my actual period started, which was definitely unusual for me. Usually I just get cramps and then a couple of hours later my period starts, but this month it is is doing the same thing as last month. There’s no cramps, light spotting for 2 or 3 days, and it just seems drawn out for almost 2 weeks as it gradually increases then decreases again (hopefully this month won’t be that long) Do I count those initial couple days as the start of my next cycle, or do I only count when the actual period seems to start?
This is so annoying.
Post # 3
Ugh, sorry you are so annoyed! Sounds frustrating. Are you temping? I would count based on your temperature. Your body temperature should decrease to its low temperature level around the start of your period. If it doesn’t decrease while you’re spotting, then it’s just spotting and not a period. If you have spotting and a decreased temperature, then count that as the beginning of the period.
Post # 4
No, I’m not temping. I guess I should start :p I did it quite eratically. It’s hard because my work schedule changes sometimes, and with my cycle being so off, it was frustrating lol It’s almost normal now though it seems, so I’ll start it up again. Thanks!
Post # 5
Yes, temps will help. According to fertilityfriend.com, I don’t think they count spotting as your period when analyzing your window.
It’s irritating to me to know for sure too b/c I’m pregnant now and when the nurse asked me for the date of when my last period started (to calculate my due date), I didn’t know whether to count the two days of spotting before my period or not. The nurse just acted like it didn’t matter either way to her. I’ll ask the OB the next time I see her or maybe the ultrasound. I want to know if my baby is expected on 1/9 or 1/11. I like 1/11/11 @ 11:11. 🙂 It won’t really end up being that date but still.
Post # 6
In Taking Charge of Your Fertility, the author says that your period doesn’t officially start until the “first day of flow”, so following her charting advice, no the spotting doesn’t count as your period!
Post # 7
If you don’t have the book, “Taking charge of your fertility” I would highly reccomend it! In it, it offers hints and ways to chart and follow your cycle while coming off BC, as well as taking your temp around crazy schedules.
I would def. highly rec. taking your temp though. It will help you see your cycle and know when to “try” or not to conceive.
Conversely, after you have a child, if you understand your cycle, hopefully you won’t have to go back on BC.
As far as your cramping etc… One nice thing about taking your temp is that you know what’s coming! I.e. Today, my temp dropped… I’ve already taking all the midol and what have you to avoid cramping later today. 🙂 Makes for a much easier and happier period! lol
Post # 8
Thanks! Maybe I’ll bite the bullet and look into the book. We aren’t going to even consider TTC for another year (though it will likely be longer), I’m just trying to use this as a way of keeping track of what’s going on with my body and predict when my next period will be. When on pills, it’s so easy! But I wasn’t liking the side effects. I’ve been using mymonthlycycle.com to chart, but sounds like fertilityfriend.com might be easier!