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Do i count regular flow as the first day of my menstrual cycle or do i count the day i start spotting as the first day?

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Dr. Miguel Cano
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Spotting: Keep a menstrual calendar & count any spotting as day 1 of your cycle. Chart amount of bleeding, days, & any associated cramps, pain, or mood changes. These will help if trying to establish ovulation or if determining if premenstrual hormone changes are affecting your health. Take care.

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Last updated Dec 9, 2013

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