Short cycles & spotting

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Registered: 06-03-2011
Short cycles & spotting
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 5:12am
Hello I haven't posted here before but I am hoping you ladies can help with some advice.

I have a 17 month old who nurses a few times a day still and my Dh and I are TTC #2. We have been actively trying since August and my cycles are pretty messed up.

My first cycle off BC in July was 50 days give or take. Then they seemed to level out to around 26 or 27 days. I have been having a short luteal phase and have been ovulating around the 16 to the 18th day of my cycle. This last cycle before the one I currently in went 33 days or so. I swore I was pregnant. Had some spotting but no BFP and then AF came with a vengeance. Heavy clotting and mAjor cramps.

This current cycle I have been spotting for 6 days now. I stopped temping because it was making me crazy and I haven't tested yet. I am just trying to figure out what's going on. I read on the net that short luteal phases can indicate a problem and that spotting during it can indicate pow progesterone. I have my annual exam with my MW on 2/6 and plan to discuss with her. Just wanted some thoughts.

We have been going through a major remdole of our house and have been having daycare stressors so I am hopingthat is contributing to not getting pregnant yet. It only took us 2 cycles the first time around so I thought we would be pregnant by now.

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Registered: 06-03-2011
Thu, 01-19-2012 - 9:24pm

Thanks ladies, I am going to talk to my doctor about it. I made a spreadsheet of all my cycles and things and will take that to her. Most of my LP were 10 days, but some were less than that around 6 or 8 days.

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Registered: 08-16-2004
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 5:51pm

Spotting can mean low progesterone however, having already one healthy pregnancy that wouldn't be something I'd neccesarily worry about. If you've been spotting for five days or more before every AF for more than a few cycles then I would be concerned.

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Registered: 06-02-2010
Sat, 01-14-2012 - 2:11pm
Hi There,

I think you're on to something with the low progesterone. Your temps are also a lil' on the low side... though that could be due to being an open mouth sleeper like me! :)

I added 100mg of b6 to help lengthen my LP. When we were TTC #2, we got it up to 15dpo. While TTC #3, it also seemed to have helped adding a day each cycle. That might be something to consider, I think there is more info about it in the TTC Info folders below.

Best of luck! I wish you a very short stay on the board and a quick BFP!
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