Post # 1
I am a spotter-without fail, I usually spot for 1-2 days prior to my full blown period. But sometimes I struggle to figure out what is spotting vs. what is “light” period.
For now, I count spotting as anything that doesn’t require a pad/tampon. Usually it’s light pink or brown only when I wipe, sometimes it’s more red, but as long as it doesn’t really get on my underwear, I count it as spotting. Example-yesterday I had more blood/red when I wiped, so I assumed it was period time and put on a pad and put on FF that it was CD1 with light menstruation. But last night the pad was still completely clean, so I changed it to spotting. Today has been much heavier and so I marked today as CD1.
I know in the grand scheme of things, it isn’t a huge deal. But we are beginning fertility testing and it’s supposed to be on CD3 and I want to be correct!
Post # 2
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
- 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
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
- 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
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
browneyedgirl24 : I considered it spotting once I switched from a pad to a pantyliner but not sure if that’s correct either.
Post # 8
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.