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    Default Spotting before period

    Hi, this might be TMI for some people!

    So I stopped taking the pill over a year ago now, and within a month or so my periods became pretty regular. I started a "period diary" about 9 months ago and realized that I have a fairly regular cycle, ranging from 28-32 days, with a period that lasts between 5-7 days. This didn't really ring alarm bells for me because Ive never been one to run like clockwork, except for when I was on the pill for 2 years.

    So we want to TTC this year, starting middle of the year. I've had my immunization boosters, started vitamins, had a pap smear etc and we are all good to go. However, my period for the last three cycles have been really weird. I have been getting the slight cramps as per usual, but then I just get really light spotting for about 4 days before my "real" period comes. When the actual bleeding starts it lasts for about 6 days. So this means my cycles are being pushed out longer.

    To make me even more concerned, I have never had a positive OPK. I've been using the cheap fertility2family (I think that's what they're called??) ones.

    I'm 24, healthy weight and have never had this before. I'm going to see a doctor, but I'd really appreciate some advice or reassurance from someone who has also experienced this. Thank you!

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    Hello. I came off the pill in march after 18 years. I had 5 days of brown spotting starting on day 28 then a 7 day period starting on day 33. Ive been told that they red blood is day 1 of period. I have also been told that spotting before is normal in some cycles.

    I would be interested too from anyone with info.

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    Thanks for your reply. Are you trying to conceive, or had a successful conception in the past?

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    Yes in second cycle now. Find out in a week if pregnant this time round.

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    Have you ever used OPK's?

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    No. We are just going with the flow at the moment.

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    I had the same thing happen when TTC my DS, but I was still breastfeeding, so I think that was affecting my hormone levels.
    I used OPK's for several months and they showed positives for ovulation, but I was still having the spotting.
    The month I got pregnant I was using OPK's and didn't get a positive the whole month, even though I used them more than once a day from about day 10 in my cycle. When the spotting started I called to make an appointment with my GP about getting blood tests done to check my hormone levels. A few days later the spotting stopped, so I did a pregnancy test which was positive.
    You can have a blood test done on a particular day of your cycle (day 21?) that can check if you've ovulated. I think spotting can be a sign of low progesterone.

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    Just in case you still check this...
    I'm 27, TTC for 8 months, after being on the pill for a loooong time. Also have PCOS.
    I've had 3 periods in the 8 months and spot for about a week before AF every time. I mentioned it to my specialist and he insists it shouldn't affect our chances of TTC. He said I may also have mild Endometriosis.
    We'll see...

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shell T View Post
    Just in case you still check this...
    I'm 27, TTC for 8 months, after being on the pill for a loooong time. Also have PCOS.
    I've had 3 periods in the 8 months and spot for about a week before AF every time. I mentioned it to my specialist and he insists it shouldn't affect our chances of TTC. He said I may also have mild Endometriosis.
    We'll see...
    Thanks Shell the spotting has stopped now. I have been seeing an acupuncturist regularly and it has worked wonders!


 

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