(Closed) Charting question

posted 8 years ago in Wellness
Post # 3
2004 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2008

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 # 5
1145 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2000

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
315 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

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
4123 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2010

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

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