What is considered the first day of cycle?

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  1. I am not an IVF beginner by any means, I just have a dumb question!! I am in between a fresh and frozen cycle (saving up some more $$$) and I am praying for a miracle by ttc naturally. I am using the clear blue easy electronic ovulation monitor, and trying to figure out what is considered the first day of my cycle if I spot for two days at the beginning of each period. I read the manual, and it doesn't say. I spot really lightly for two days, then I have AF for like 5 days. Would you consider my first day when I start spotting, or when I start the heavy stuff?? Thanks!!!

  2. The first day of flow - not spotting - is generally considered Day 1. Good luck.

  3. The first day of flow - not spotting - is generally considered Day 1. Good luck.

    ditto that, spotting generally doesn't count...the first day of "flow" would be day 1. Some clinics have a 'cut-off' time as well to keep things standard (say if AF flow starts after 4pm the next day is considered 'day 1")...I go by that now on 'natural' cycles myself to keep things simple and the same if I am cycling too.

    good luck.

  4. I would ask your Doctor. I thought spotting didn't count. I talked to my doc, and she said it does. Some of my lab results were not accurate because of this (thank God it didn't delay my beginning IVF). I think every clinic and doc has a different opinion on this, so I would call and ask.
    Good luck.

  5. I was always told day one of spotting is considered day 1. I've been at this for 10 years and it's always been the same by every doctor. Thank god, because they were right.

    Best of luck, hugs!

  6. I was always told day one of spotting is considered day 1. I've been at this for 10 years and it's always been the same by every doctor. Thank god, because they were right. Best of luck, hugs!

    Uhhmmmm "they were right" according to what exactly?

    FWIW, I have been at this for 10 years as well ...and all of my doctors consider day one to be the day with full flow. However, in certain cases where only spotting occurs during that cycle they will sometimes use that as "day one" for the purposes of treatment. It is somewhat subjective. Thus why you should see what your own doctor decides...and follow that as your guide (and not assume that everyone elses doctors are wrong because they don't agree with yours ).

  7. Personally, which is day one has never mattered much to me because my cycle length varies so much. It is impossible for me to predict when I will ovulate, as a result. The first part of your cycle is more varied than the last part (after ovulation), so in order to time things out you only need to know when you get your LH surge.

    You can buy an OPK that has 20 test strips in it by "Answer." I start testing a few days after my period ends, just in case the LH surge comes early that time. I continue to test till it hits positive. Then I double check with the more expensive tests (I use the digital one), and during a non-medicated FET I often use a third test to make triple sure.

    For timed intercourse, just get those sperm in there when the surge hits!

    That's my two cents, anyway.

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