Determining spotting vs. CD1 period

posted 3 months ago in TTC
  • poll: What do you count as CD1?
    Any spotting/blood : (0 votes)
    Only red "spotting" (not pink/brown) : (1 votes)
    8 %
    Only when it's heavy enough to require a pad or tampon : (11 votes)
    92 %
    Other (comment) : (0 votes)
  • Post # 2
    2458 posts
    Buzzing bee

    Following, but no advice. If I may add my own query to this, I also wonder at what point of tracking to say that a period has stopped? I tend to have ~3 days of red flow, followed by a couple lighter days of brownish fluid. I tend to track it as “period” until I’m back to fairly colorless fluid, but I don’t know if that’s correct either. 

    Post # 3
    618 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: September 2017 - California

    I read somewhere it’s the first day of actual bleeding, not spotting. I picked the third option in the poll. I can’t rememeber the source though. 

    Post # 4
    57 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: August 2018

    I actually googled this yesterday as I had the same question! It said the first day that you have red (not pink or brown) blood. I’m still not 100% sure when my CD1 would be from that description though. 

    Post # 5
    1411 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: August 2018 - Location

    I also “spot” for 1-3 days before and after my period. By spotting I mean that there’s a few streaks on a panty liner at the end of an 8 hour day. So not enough for a full pad or tampon. And it’s dark brown.

    My period always starts in the morning and is bright red, all of a sudden a heavy enough flow for a tampon. 

    I agree it can be tricky though especially for determining LP length. 

    Post # 6
    653 posts
    Busy bee

    BeepBopB00p :  I think you’re right in your thinking and that’s what I always considered CD1. I often spotted before my period for a day or two as well. 

    Post # 7
    653 posts
    Busy bee

    browneyedgirl24 :  I considered it spotting once I switched from a pad to a pantyliner but not sure if that’s correct either. 

    Post # 8
    259 posts
    Helper bee

    My RE and acupuncturist both define CD1 as the first day of bright red flow before midday. So if I start bleeding at 4 pm, it doesn’t count as CD1. The next day is CD1.


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