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27/11/2013 at 09:42
Sorry I haven't been on. A bit down after AF arrived last Friday mostly because it's starting to make me worry about my cycle.
Last month I had spotting from 5-8 dpo and again 10-11. AF started 12dpo but only last two days. The previous cycle AF was just two days as well with some, but not as much, spotting before it started. My temps were fine - stayed quite far above my coverline until the day AF arrived.
I switched from the pill to the copper coil in August 2012 thinking that when we started I would be ready to go, as that coil has no hormones. I was advised that the copper coil can make periods heavier but I didn't notice a change when I switched but I had been on the pill. I'm starting to think that both the pill and the coil were masking these issues with my cycle.
Should I be concerned about spotting throughout the LP and a short menstration? I've started taking a vit B complex supplement. I'm worried that I won't be able to implant or sustain a pregnancy if I'm spotting like that. Anyone know? I'm going away for two weeks on Saturday so we're out for this cycle. I'm just going to observe what happens and then probably go to the dr in January but we'll only have been trying for 6 months at that point and I'll have only charted two months of temps. I'm not confident that they'll do much at that point.
28/11/2013 at 00:42
Hi Veecee, I'm sorry you're concerned about this. I have to admit I don't know much about this but I'm also starting to worry about this as my cycles seem to have more & more spotting before my af starts. I'm taking pregnacare so don't know if I can take more vit B but might ask at holland & Barrett tomorrow. I'll be following this thread with great interest & hope someone else has good advice for you x x
02/12/2013 at 15:08
I don't post much on MD as it's a bit difficult from work but I was very concerned about my LP.
Last cycle I started taking 100mg B6 and 800mg Agnus Castus religiously every day and my LP was 13 days (it's normally 7-9 days).
It could just be a fluke but I'm carrying on with them just in case. I have had two MMCs this year and I was really worried that it was because my LP wasn't giving the egg time to implant properly.
I'm thinking of starting baby aspirin too.
03/12/2013 at 15:10
Not sure whether this will help you or dishearten you! I am now 26 months off the pill and I would say my cycles only really settled down after about 18 months. Initially I had no AF at all then started taking a B vitamin complex that seemed to give me a cycle but AF was variable in length and heaviness and would go from 25 days to 40 without any real reason (and numerous BFNs). It is only in the last few months that I feel like I am having a normal cycle in terms of bleeding and length but there is still occasional variablity and the last couple of months I had initially counted CD1 as the first heavy day but looking back I think the spotting had got heavier the afternoon of the day before. I haven't decided whether to count the day before as CD1 as this would give me a LP of only 11 days but I'm keeping an eye.
Don't give up hope or think the worst just yet. Unless you've been trying for a year or are over 35 the GP may tell you to go away after only 6 months but they can always run some basic blood tests - mine did and they told me nothing as I couldn't be sure what day they had been taken on.
Good luck and keep going with the Vit B - I am certain that is what got my cycles starting to appear after over 100 days of nothing.
03/12/2013 at 17:58
What you have described is my cycles exactly. I came off the pill in December and AF arrived 28 days later and settled down quite quickly to a 24-26 day cycle with ov around day 16-17 which means some months my LP was about 8-9 days (according to OPKs) and most cycles I would spot 2-3 days before AF arrived. Which every month got my hopes up for implantation bleeding. Kharv has some good advice about how to lengthen LP. Also, my doctors took us seriously after 8 months (9 failed cycles) so it's worth a try.
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