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When trying to conceive should I count the days that i spot as the first day of my period or do I wait until I have a normal flow and then start counting down the day until ovulation?

By Anonymous March 17, 2011 - 6:11pm
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My husband and I have been trying to conceive for about a year and a half now. We are both in our mid to late 20's and as far as we know, in great heath. I recently found out I have a tilted pelvis and that could be the reason we have yet to conceive. After a month of treatment I'm hearing it is possible I could get pregnant so once again I am counting down the days till ovulation. Over the past few months I've had trouble keeping track of my menstrual cycle start dates because I might start to spot a week before my actual period starts. Let me just add that when I spot it is not heavy enough for a tampon/pad and may only see it once or twice a day and then nothing the next day. So my question is, what do I consider my "start" day to be for tracking ovulation? Do I count the first day I spot or the first day of a normal flow? Let me also add that once I start my actual flow, that usually only last 2 at the most 3 days and then its over. Any help is greatly appreciated!

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Hi Anonymous,
Thank you for your question and for finding EmpowHER. As far as I know, you're supposed to count the first day of any kind of bleeding, but you may want to ask your doctor's office to be sure. I have read conflicting information on this. Give a quick call to your doctor's nurse, since they are more familiar with your personal reproductive health and may be able to shed some light on when your most fertile days are. You also can purchase ovulation kits to check when you are ovulating. What kind of treatment were you taking?
Here is a similar ASK that may provide some insight: TTC and When to Calculate Menstrual Start Day
Good luck with TTC. I know how it can be when you are trying to have a baby and it doesn't seem to be happening as fast as you would like it to. Hope to hear some good news from you soon.

March 18, 2011 - 6:28am
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