Important to note: The first bleed you get after quitting hormonal birth control is a withdrawal bleed and must be logged in the app as such. Any bleeds that follow can then be logged as a period. We write more about withdrawal bleeding here.
When do I add a period?
You should log Period for each day you're bleeding (around the time you usually get your period or when the app predicts your period). Any light bleed that you experience at the beginning of your period should be logged as Period. Similarly, you should continue logging Period if you have light bleeding at the end of your period until the bleeding stops. Read more about periods here.
What is spotting?
Spotting is very light bleeding, most often just brown or pink fluids or a few drops of blood that you may see when visiting the bathroom or on the toilet paper, and you may need to use a panty liner for it. Spotting sometimes occurs around ovulation, as some blood and other fluids may be released from the follicle along with the egg. Spotting is a data point that the algorithm doesn't use when calculating your fertility status.
Spotting may also occur during pregnancy and can be logged as Spotting during that time as well. Please note that if you are experiencing any bleeding during your pregnancy, it’s a good idea to talk to your healthcare professional.
What if I’m not sure if I’m on my period or spotting?
Sometimes, it can be hard to know if the bleeding you experience is a period, spotting, or even withdrawal bleeding. This can be particularly confusing if you just quit hormonal birth control, or if you’ve recently had surgery.
If you’re unsure of what type of bleeding you’re experiencing, we recommend reaching out to a healthcare professional so they can give you personalized advice based on your medical history.
If you're interested in reading more about this topic, please visit our Cycle Matters article on spotting.