(Closed) POLL – What do you count the first day of your period?

posted 4 years ago in TTC
  • poll: First day of your period?
    The day I see some pink in my underwear/on toilet paper : (18 votes)
    27 %
    The day I see red and need a tampon : (48 votes)
    73 %
  • Post # 2
    1332 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: May 2014

    BearyLovely:  I count it as the day I see any signs of a period, so even the really light day, where tampon may not be required

    Post # 3
    3378 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: December 2011

    The first day of full flow should be what you consider the first day of your menstrual cycle (I always made note of spotting that occurred before, but if you don’t need a pad or tampon, it’s not your period yet).

    Post # 4
    1499 posts
    Bumble bee

    I don’t get spotting before so I count the day I need a tampon. 

    Post # 5
    1749 posts
    Bumble bee

    BearyLovely:  I count the first second I see ANYTHING from aunt flo. Obviously,  I don’t care for her much

    Post # 6
    618 posts
    Busy bee

    BearyLovely:  I recently learned (we are TTC) that the actual first day of your period is the first day you see RED, actual blood.  Spotting leading up to that point (even if it’s dark brown) is still not considered the first day of your cycle. 

    I always used to count the spotting, but I don’t anymore now that I’ve leared to properly track.

    Post # 7
    939 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: January 1975

    BearyLovely:  I don’t spot beforehand. I tend to get really bad cramps and then when I go to the bathroom, AF starts, full force. No light pink or spotting beforehand, so I’m easily able to count the 1st day of my cycle. My DR also told me that you count your 1st day when there is red blood, not spotting/ect. 

    Post # 8
    338 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: June 2014

    i count when I see red as I don’t always spot.

    Post # 9
    991 posts
    Busy bee

    BearyLovely:  Mine’s usually pretty light in general, so I count spotting.  

    Post # 10
    760 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: August 2011

    BearyLovely:  If you’re recording for purposes of TTC and accurately noting when your cycle begins, you begin counting on the first day that you see red blood. You do not count spotting, even if it’s pink or dark brown.


    Post # 11
    7311 posts
    Busy Beekeeper
    • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

    The first day of bright red flow that necessitates a pad or tampon. If it’s before 4pm, count day 1 as that day. If it’s after 4pm when flow begins, count day 1 as the next day. This came from the fertility center we consulted with.

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