brown discharge before period?

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brown discharge before period?
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Mon, 01-30-2012 - 3:17pm

Hi all,

I am new to this board and I just have a few questions and if anyone has any insight I would love to hear any and all opinions, concerns, ideas :)

First of all, i had a MC in October and went through a D&C.

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Registered: 07-10-2008
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 5:55pm
Well, I've been getting the exact same thing ever since I started my period again after having my daughter. For me, it meant low progesterone and a supplement prescribed by my doctor fixed it. There's a blood test that can be done to determine if this is the cause. If it is, getting pregnant and staying pregnant can be difficult without treatment. That may not be the case for you, but a call to your doc may be a good idea. It's an easy fix if that's the problem, though. Good luck!!
 
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Registered: 03-01-2011
Mon, 01-30-2012 - 8:44pm
Sorry for your loss & your ttc frustrations :(

Cd 1 is the day of red flow -any OB or RE will confirm that. The brown discharge is spotting during your lp (luteal phase) & shouldn't be considered the start of af. Suz is right, it's often a sign of low progesterone & is diagnosed through b/w at 7 dpo. It is easily fixed with supplements if that is the cause. I used to spot pre-af but all of my b/w came back normal so spotting was considered normal for me. It's also important to make sure your paps are up to date to rule any other causes out.

I highly recommend bbt charting. It helped me learn that I O'd consistently on cd 11 or 12 & helped me see how much my lp varied every month. This helps you plan bd'ing better too so you don't miss your window. It also gives you more cred with the dr's if you go in seeking help.

It takes a week or so to adjust to temping. I always set an alarm at 5am when dh got up for work, temped & went back to sleep. You need to set an alarm for w/e's too. It's important to take your temp at the same time for accurate results. If that's too much work, I wouldn't bother. You'll just end up with a funky chart that'll stress you out. You can also just temp to confirm O & then take a break until/if the next cycle comes.

Google fertility friend. They have great online tutorials & faqs about charting.

Good luck :)
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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 8:44am

Thank you so much for the info.

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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 8:49am

Thanks for the info.

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Tue, 01-31-2012 - 11:05am

I had a m/c in October too and the cycles following it were irregular. I couldn't figure out ovulation at all because the cycles were wonky.

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Registered: 01-15-2008
Wed, 02-01-2012 - 9:37am
I was told by a nurse at the obgyn's office that you count the light stuff before your period as CD1. I'm having the same issues. Good luck!!!
Lilypie Maternity tickers
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Registered: 01-15-2008
Wed, 02-01-2012 - 9:41am
Did you find out about the low progesterone? I'm interested to know since I've been having a lot of spotting too. I don't have an appointment though until the end of this cycle (end of February). I hope you get some answers and get your BFP soon.
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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 11:21am

I didn't get a chance to call yesterday because I was at work and usually it's the nurse who has to call me back.

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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 11:49am
Dawn, let us know how it goes :)

Hopes4little1, the info from your nurse is incorrect. I've experienced spotting & wonky cycles & saw an RE (reproductive endocrinologist) & cd 1 is the first day of red, not the brown spotting. There's fertility b/w that is done specifically on cd 3 & if you did it on the 3rd day of spotting your b/w would be inaccurate.
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Wed, 02-01-2012 - 11:58am
Here's a link about different types of spotting.

http://beyondfertility.com/10-to-articles/reasons-for-spotting/
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