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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 03:45 AM   1
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Spotting a few days before period - what might this be?


I looked to see whether there was a previous thread on this, but couldn't find one.

Sometimes, but not always, I spot a few days before my period starts. It's usually quite watery and pink tinged and I usually only see it when I wipe. This sometimes starts a week before AF or sometimes maybe 3 days before. Other months I don't have it at all.

I will mention it next time I'm at the doctor's but wondered whether anyone else experienced this and knew what it might be? I've read a few things indicating that low levels of progesterone might cause this.

Currently on around 9DPO and hoping that I won't be seeing the spotting anytime soon.



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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 03:48 AM   2
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Hi Su,

I'm not sure tbh, I've had spotting this month, but I've never had any before. Have you always had it? Or has it been since coming off bc?



 
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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 03:52 AM   3
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Hi Su B, I have recently come off BCP and 3 days ago had spotting exectly as you describe - today AF has arrived! No idea what it means though. /



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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 03:59 AM   4
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Thanks for your feedback. I haven't been on BC for years and years, so I don't think it's related to that.

I think this has only started happening in the last 6 months to a year. Weird. I'm 36, so I'm hoping it isn't some age related thing. I think a lot of people do have spotting prior to their period, but a whole week before doesn't seem normal to me!



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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 04:00 AM   5
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I've had a couple of cycles where I've spotted for a few days before. I never noticed it before ttc but then I didn't used to pay so much attention to what could be on the tissue after I wiped before either .



 
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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 04:15 AM   6
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I came off BCP just after Christmas and for about 4-5 cycles i would spot for about 3-4 days before AF, during my last two cycles the spotting starts around 5dpo and continues all the way up until i get AF. i went to the doctor as i was sure something was wrong and had my progesterone levels checked but they were fine, so she referred to me an FS which i saw last week, he said maybe it could be something to do with estrogen (sp?) so did some more blood tests, results came back today and they were fine too. Just waiting on pap smear results later this week, i have been put on Letrozole (basically the same as Clomid) for this cycle to see if it stops, so i am just waiting to see now.



 
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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 04:35 AM   7
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Hi sarahMellisa, i get spotting from 5/6dpo until af as well, have done for the last few months. It didn't start until 7dpo this month but is here in force. Is it brown spotting you get or red? Going to make an appoitment with my gp later today to talk about it as i'm a it worried.



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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 04:58 AM   8
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I came off BCP just after Christmas and for about 4-5 cycles i would spot for about 3-4 days before AF, during my last two cycles the spotting starts around 5dpo and continues all the way up until i get AF. i went to the doctor as i was sure something was wrong and had my progesterone levels checked but they were fine, so she referred to me an FS which i saw last week, he said maybe it could be something to do with estrogen (sp?) so did some more blood tests, results came back today and they were fine too. Just waiting on pap smear results later this week, i have been put on Letrozole (basically the same as Clomid) for this cycle to see if it stops, so i am just waiting to see now.
Interesting. I think I will see if I spot this cycle and if so will definitely make that doctor's appointment.



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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 06:30 AM   9
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Hi sarahMellisa, i get spotting from 5/6dpo until af as well, have done for the last few months. It didn't start until 7dpo this month but is here in force. Is it brown spotting you get or red? Going to make an appoitment with my gp later today to talk about it as i'm a it worried.
It is always fairly light and only noticable when checking internally or on wiping, it starts out pinkish for about four days and then turns brown for a few days before AF turns up. Its very annoying and worrying when you dont know what the cause it



 
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Old Aug 25th, 2009, 10:31 AM   10
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I had this exact thing last month, I spotted for 5 days before my period which was very unusual for me. So i mentioned it to my doc and she booked me in to have some swabs done at the same time as having my smear. Turned out I had thrush! Not sure if the spotting was a direct result of the thrush but my doc obviously thought thats what it would be.
Your situation may be completely different but I thougt I would share that with you in case its helpful.



 
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