The today I went to enter my period data in My Monthly Cycles, and it said I was due to O today!! This was after I entered my period info. I know that my LP is about 10-11 days, though, so when I adjusted for that, my chart said I'm beginning to be fertile today, and should ovulate on Friday. I *know* I am not fertile, I don't even have the creamy cervical fluid yet, let alone the watery stuff.
But I don't get it. How can my chart think that I'm be beginning to be fertile only 3 days after my period is over? I haven't been temping, so it seems like the charting software is making huge assumptions. Or does charting software not account for 'spotting' days?
Not a great time to get pregnant for us...
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btw, the first 5 days rule is the first 5 days of your cycle. you start counting the first day you start bleeding, not after your period is over. for most people the first 5 days rule is during their period. there's another part to the rule that says you are safe if you had a thermal shift 10-16 days before your period.
Also, as texaspeach says, the first 5 days rule is NOT the first 5 days after your period! That's asking for disaster. It means days 1-5 of your cycle, Day 1 being the first day of red bleeding (not spotting or pinkish-tinged CM, proper bleeding). Plenty of people bleed for 5 days and plenty abstain during their periods anyway, but if you don't (either), you should be safe for those days. Not the next five. Look at it this way: with a 6-day period, if you had sex 5 days after that you'd be on Day 11, and assuming a textbook Day 14 ovulation the sperm would only have to live for 3 days... which they can, quite happily, if the right CM is present. So - yipes.
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