11-Aug-10 8:48 am
I'm pretty new at this myself and went through most of these questions a week or so ago. What country are you in ? I'm living in Japan, I don't speak Japanese and I've managed to gather everything i needed.
You can use the strips but they're a bit 'messy' and not so accurate ( in my opinion ). I'd suggest investing in a Hanna PH Pocket Meter ( you can look on FAQ & find a link to PH advice, it advises on strips to/not to use and the best PH meters) as you can insert this and check PH easily and as often as you desire ( it becomes addictive!).
As for you day 1 - i'm not sure - if it were me, i'd take it from the first sign/ spotting - this month you'll only be recording your Cycle so take not of everything - sign up to fertilityfriend.com - they have some great tools for tracking and you can record every detail.
I just did my 1st o+12 sway and messed it up. So i'm not only a person to contact if you want to know 'what to do' but i'm ya girl if you want to know 'what NOT to do' ;-).