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fifimcfae
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when being asked when my last period was, should i give them the date i got it or the date it stopped? for example, my last period started on june 1st and ended by june 6th. also, when counting out 28 days, should i count from the first day of my last period or the last day?

and also! is there a higher chance of getting pregnant the week before your next expected period or is it the the week after your period?

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Jase Watson
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Okay, well. If someone asks you when your last period was, then youd give them the date that is started, in your recent case, June 1. Although, most doctors will ask you how long your cycle <i>cycle</i> was. A cycle is the date from which it started to the end. 28 days is just a set time, because the average woman has her period occur within 28 days. Mark your cycles down on a calendar to find your approxamate time between periods. If you are 28 days norm. between, you count 28 days after the date your cycle ended, so for your recent case, June 7th would be day 1 of 28 days. Although there are factors like stress that can delay your period, or even make you miss it altogether. Hope that helps you out! [Smile]

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Actually, Jase, that's not quite accurate. The menstrual cycle is actually from the first day of a period, all the way to the start of the next period. So, in your case fifimcfae, you would start counting from June 1. A 28 day cycle is the average, and most women have cycles that last 23 to 35 days. If a doctor asks you when you last period was, you would give them the day it started.

Because of these variations, you can't just count days to figure out a "safe" time. You would have to chart your cervical mucus, as well as your basal temperature for several months before being able to tell with any kind of accuracy when you're ovulating. For more information on the Fertility Awareness Method, check out: Get With the Flow: All About FAM.

You can also check out On the Rag: A Guide to Menstruation for more details on the menstrual cycle.

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