Post # 1
I have very irregular periods and while I’m not rushing to conceive I want to ease myself into the whole TTC process by using an OPK..charting is still way over my head!
I’ve purchased an OPK and the instructions are to begin testing on cycle day 5. Here is my question: I’m just barely starting to streak today, there is the slightest tinge of red when I wipe and it’s not there every time. Do I count today as CD 1 or do I wait until tomorrow when it will likely start to be more like an actual period and count that as CD 1?
Forgive me if this is a completely dumb question but I stress to you I am a NOVICE, any advice the bee’s can give me would be greatly appreciated!
Post # 3
I’m a novice too, but I’ve heard that you’re supposed to count CD1 as the first day of full-on bleeding. I’m not sure where I heard that from, but I’m sure a more knowledgable bee will chime in soon!
Post # 4
I don’t know the answer, but am bumping this for you…
Post # 5
@b2b5412: I’d wait until you have full blown bleeding (red) and an actual flow. That would be your CD1….
Good luck with the OPK’s! I know you aren’t all for charting but I also have irregular periods and have found it so amazing, so if down the line you want to try it you’ve got a great bunch of ladies to help you through it. I find it very empowering 🙂
Good luck!! 🙂
Post # 6
I really didnt know but i looked it up and found this:
It says either your first day of spotting or bleeding. Hope that helps
Post # 7
CD 1 would be your first day of a full red bleed.
I would reconsider to start testing at CD5. I think this is way too early. Your OPK will show positive 1-2 days before ovulation. And O occurs around 12-16 days before AF shows up. Maybe even less than that.
How long was your shortest cycle?
Post # 8
I second @elchalten:‘s advice on waiting to start until later in your cycle. Seeing tons and tons of negative tests can mess iwth your psyche (even if you’re not TTC) and it can be a waste of time, money and sanity =) I always started around CD10 (never O’d before 13 and never a + OPK before 21) and I have a 28 day cycle. I’d also try to back up about 18 days or so from your expected period date. I think they say to start testniga t aCD5 if oyu have no ideas what your cycles are like.
Post # 9
The first day you need a pad or tampon is considered CD1.
Post # 10
first day of your “flow” its called Aunt Flow for a reason! 😉
Post # 11
You totally aren’t a novice, because I’m reading this thinking, I don’t know what an OPK is or what CD means……lol! Acronym genie thing on weddingbee, here I come!
Post # 12
@elchalten: I only have my period info for this year since I started tracking it on my new phone. My shortest cycle was 32 days. I’m thinking some of the wackiness was all the craziness this year, wedding, moving, honeymooning. My body doesn’t know what’s going on. Instead of relying on BD’ing every other day or so, I want to use an OPK to get an idea of what’s going on “in there.”
Thanks for the advice ladies! I won’t rush to start on CD5 then seeing as it seems I can start whenever and with my long cycles the O is likely to happen later on. Here’s hoping! In the meantime, I may do some more research on charting..