What do we call Cycle Day 1?
We typically call Cycle Day 1 the first day of your full flow menstrual cycle. The way to determine Cycle Day 1 is by determining the first day of your full flow menstrual cycle where you have to use a pad or tampon. Some patients having a hard time determining Cycle Day 1 because they have several days of spotting before the actual full flow, that is ok, just remember Cycle Day 1 is your full flow day. Cycle Day 1 is also the date in which you would phone our office to schedule your Cycle Day 3 Testing.
How about Cycle Day 3 and testing?
The Cycle Day 3 Test consists of blood work and an ultrasound. The blood work will help determine whether you are ovulating while the ultrasound will produce images of your uterus. This information will help to determine the need for any additional testing, and help us formulate a treatment plan that is tailored to your specific situation.
The Cycle Day 3 test can be drawn any days on or between 1, 2, 3, or 4. For example if your full flow period starts at 10am Monday morning (Day 1) then your Cycle Day 3 is Wednesday morning at 10am. If you were to begin your full flow period after 5pm on Monday than we would consider Tuesday your Cycle Day 1 and Thursday Cycle Day 3 as we could from the first day that you experienced a full flow period.
To schedule Cycle Day 3 testing please contact our office on Cycle Day 1 and our team would be happy to help you.
What if I am on Birth Control Pills?
For those taking breaks every 3 weeks we prefer to check your AMH levels through blood draw on the first day before you start your new pack.