What is the first day of my period?

Follow

Comments

23 comments

  • Avatar
    sarah.e.flood24

    I have wondered this ever since I started attempting to track my cycles about a year ago. Thank you! I sort of spot for a couple of says before my period begins and this always confused me.

  • Avatar
    e_serrano83

    What about the last day? I usually have one or two days of dark brown discharge after my last day if bleeding. Do I count these as part of my period cycle? Or is it also until the last day of actual red bleeding?

  • Avatar
    Courtney

    Hi there,

    What you're describing sounds like spotting. The last day of your cycle is the last day of red bleeding.

    Thanks for your comments :)

  • Avatar
    anais.pulido

    For spotting, I choose the Light button. Should I not? I know the cycle starts when there is red bleeding. But, is it ok to identify spotting as light?

  • Avatar
    Courtney

    It's OK to mark spotting days as light flow in the app, if you want!  However because days where you experience spotting are not considered part of your actual period, you may want to distinguish between the two. Another option is to make a row for 'spotting' in the Custom Data section and select the button for that row on days you experience spotting. 

    We're working on adding a Spotting feature to Kindara soon, so that you won't have this dilemma :) 

  • Avatar
    marieemmanuelle.p

    Hello, just started charting again, but been using OPK for a while. Eversince a MC 7 months ago, I have been spotting, sometimes quite a lot (brown or red) 2 to 7 days before heavy bleeding starts. I used to think Day 1 of cycle was spotting until OPKs howed me that it would put my ovulation really late in my cycle. What is temperature going to tell me? If it drops right before spotting (like I've heard happens for some women) should I then consider spotting Day 1? And then it would mean that I now have a really short luteal phase? I really need to know when the Day 1 is because I am to call a clinic on that day to book an appointment for an US and a blood test on day 2-3, and 5 of my cycle.. And I'm as confused as ever :(

  • Avatar
    Courtney

    Hey there, the first day of your period is the first day of red bleeding (however light). Brown spotting does not count as the first day of your cycle. It's certainly possible to ovulate late in your cycle. Are you also tracking your temperatures and cervical fluid? We find temps and CF to be more reliable than OPKs. 

  • Avatar
    Melissa Lepley

    Thanks so much, I was very confused about this since I began charting a couple months ago! I think I marked it wrong last month. Not sure if I should try and update it? Last month's cycle was really long, and this cycle was short, probably due to me counting as spotting and not my period.

  • Avatar
    abbercadaver

    Hi! I almost never (like one month out of 6) have any red bleeding. How do I track my period properly?

  • Avatar
    Lauren

    Hi Abbercadaver, thanks for contacting us!  It sounds like you may be ovulating infrequently right now, but you can still track your cycle with Kindara if you want.  Even if you menstruate infrequently, you should still mark the first day of any RED-colored bleeding as the first day of your cycle in the app.

    There are a lot of reasons why women experience anovulatory or irregular cycles at various points in their lives. Experiencing anovulation after recently coming off the Pill, while breastfeeding, or while approaching menopause is totally normal. However, sometimes hormonal imbalances, lifestyle factors, or ovarian cysts (which are generally benign and resolve on their own) can cause anovulation as well. Check out this article for more info about anovulatory cycles:

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/22242520-Anovulatory-Cycles-and-Breakthrough-Bleeding

    Often, regulating your cycles and jumpstarting ovulation can be a matter of diet and lifestyle changes. What will work for you depends on a lot of things that factor into your everyday life. Here's an article by Kindara co-founder Kati Bicknell that goes into more detail about some of the ways you can regulate your cycle:

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23651868-How-To-Regulate-Your-Period

    I hope this helps :) Please feel free to let me know if you have any more questions or need any more help!

  • Avatar
    Patricia Cochrane

    When you are menstruating (red blood has started) is it normal to have spotting type blood all up in there as well? Or do I mark it as menstruation and spotting on my chart?

  • Avatar
    bec_lowe

    Thanks for the info I didn't know! I usually spot this brown stuff a day or 2 before my period and then maybe the last day of period. In saying that this last month I had 6 days of brown spotting which was pretty much nothing and then 1 day of a light brown flow. Does this mean anything? Help would be great im new to all this charting and TTC.

  • Avatar
    Lauren

    Hi Patricia, it's very common for women to experience spotting before, after, or during their periods.  If you see any red-colored blood, you should mark this as menstruation on the chart.  If it's brown, that's generally considered spotting.

    Hi Bec, it's hard to say exactly what this might mean without knowing more information about your situation, but it's very possible you simply had a lighter period than normal which manifested as spotting rather than a true menstrual flow.  It's also possible you could be experiencing implantation spotting.  Charting your temperatures would be super helpful to figure out what's going on with your body.  You can read more about how charting your temperatures can help you here:

    https://kindara.zendesk.com/entries/23626932-BBT-101

    I hope that helps!

  • Avatar
    redflight08

    Hello, I'm new to charting and my doctor recently put me on a 10 day supply of 10mg medroxyprogesterone to induce my period. I'm currently on cycle day 63 and have been taking the pills for 6 days now. Yesterday evening I had some spotting that was brown in color. Today I have a light flow of brown. Should I start a new cycle today or wait until I see red blood? Thank you for your help!!

  • Avatar
    Sam

    Hi RedFlight,

    Generally I would start the new cycle on the first day you see red blood. 

  • Avatar
    sooyeono

    Can I turn off the automatic / expected periods? I've been off the pill for 5 weeks now and haven't had a period. My chart shows my expected period and fertility days but I'd like to just manually enter it when I get my periods since they may be irregular the next few months.

  • Avatar
    Lauren

    Hi Sooyeono, thanks for contacting us!  Yes, you can turn off period prediction.  Simply tap the More screen, then Settings, and then find the row that says "Period Prediction."  Turn that option off and the app will no longer predict your periods.  Let me know if you need anything else :)

  • Avatar
    byrdmomma82

    Is this true? Because my dr has told me that as soon as I see any blood at all to mark that as the start.

  • Avatar
    Lauren

    Hi Byrdmomma, thanks for your question!  Most resources in the fertility awareness community will tell you that the first day of RED bleeding is considered Day 1 of your cycle, but if you feel more comfortable following the advice of your doctor then that's perfectly fine too.  I hope that helps.

  • Avatar
    jessica.feuer

    If you see red late at night - like 11:30/11:45pm would you still count that as CD1? If it was during the week I would have been asleep and not realized till the next day. I've read conflicting thoughts on this one..

  • Avatar
    Lauren

    Hi Jessica, thanks for your question!  Technically speaking, this would still count as Day 1 of your cycle if it happened before 12 AM.  But you're right that if you were asleep you might not have known until the next morning, so it really doesn't matter all that much and it's totally fine to choose either marking that as your Day 1 or the next day.  I hope that helps - let me know if you have any questions about this :)

  • Avatar
    samantha.r.smart

    I have endometriosis and typically have 1-2 days of red bleeding (like a light period) followed by 1-2 days of light brown watery spotting then sometimes a day of nothing before I get 3-5 days of a heavy red period. Should I still mark the start of my period as the first day of red bleeding even if it seems to go away for a few days before coming back full force?

  • Avatar
    leaharper

    Hello, I hope you can shed some light, as I am super confused. I had some red blood in the morning then it went away. Then following day I had no blood, and this morning again a little red blood and it went away again in the afternoon. Never had a period like this ever, been off the pill 3 months now.

Please sign in to leave a comment.