I usually spot 2-4 days before my period starts - there might be a day of no spotting before AF comes properly, or there might not be. I also just read that if you have no days 'off' from spotting before AF then the first day of spotting is actually the first day of AF. I've been keeping track, and there's usually 25-28 days between my first day of spotting, and 26-28 between AF (though in the last 2 months one 24 and one 30).
(So today it's day 28 from spotting for me and day 26 from AF for me. I'm trying to be patient and wait a couple of days to test! )
How long is your LP typically? Have you had any bloodwork done? It's a fairly simple test, and it'll rule out an LPD issue.
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I'm not particularly worried at this point - I was just surprised to read it, and wonder if it's something I should be worried about!
Due to the spotting, I was worried about low progesterone too, so I started charting, only to discover that the spotting was starting after 10DPO. So, even if low prog was causing spotting, I still had 10 days that were OK, and I stopped worrying about it. So, charting may answer some of your concerns
I still mark the start of AF as the first day of "proper" flow, rather than the start of spotting. Which, of course, is resulting in LPs varying more than they should- so I don't have it all figured out, either!
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Currently, on bc pills, I don't spot at all before bleeding. That seems really weird to me, somehow!
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I read that cycle day 1 is the first day of red flow and always used that.
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