What's the difference between the period and non-menstrual spotting events?
When editing events at MyMonthlyCycles, you'll see two events on
the My Events page (this page displays when you click the Edit link
in any date of
Period Event - This event should be used to track your period; that is,
menstruation (a.k.a. menses). When you track your menstrual periods, menstrual
flow is one of the entry fields:
If you have bleeding on a day outside your period, you
should not use the period event. The menstrual period event is a
control event in MyMonthlyCycles,
and is used in
calculating your average menstrual cycle length.
Therefore, if you use the period event to record non-menstrual bleeding, it will
adversely affect your average menstrual cycle length. Use the non-menstrual spotting
event, described below, to record such events.
Non-Menstrual Spotting Event - This event should be used for non-menstrual
spotting, which is bleeding that occurs between periods, but is not part of menstruation,
or for break-through bleeding such as may occur with some oral contraceptives.
Any day recorded as non-menstrual spotting does not factor into your average cycle
Note: Recording period events and non-menstrual spotting events
as distinct events not only keeps your average cycle length correct, but
can also be extremely helpful to show your OB/Gyn or other medical doctors
so that they can see when such non-menstrual bleeding occurred in relation
to when you actually had your period.
Always talk to your medical doctor if you
are experiencing irregular cycles/menstruation or non-menstrual bleeding so that
your doctor can evaluate that it is not indicative of gynecological or
other health problems.
- Heavy Flow
- Medium Flow
- Light Flow
- Spotting -
the flow level spotting can be used for the period event if
you had extremely light flow that day, for example on the very last
day of your period.
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