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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 04:42 AM   1
Garfield
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Spotting week before AF every month - anyone else?


Hi all,

New to this board. I have a little girl 2 but been TTC #2 for nearly a year now.

Have always had spotting 2/3 days before which I know is normal for lots of people and nothing to worry about but its been getting longer and now I start spotting 7 days before AF due and continue until arrives every month.

OF course I always hope its IB which it never is.

Have now read maybe due to low progesterone? and this may make implantation difficult?

Have been to Dr's for something else and asked about stuff but given we already have a child they are not interested until we have been trying 2 years.

Does anyone have an experience or advice for this? Have you tried anything that helped... don't want to have to be pushy with Dr but if there is something wrong dont really want to wait another year to find out.

Any advice much appreciated

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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 10:38 AM   2
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Hi Garfield, I have this too, and your post about the low progesterone got me panicking as I'm already taking loads of supplements, I thought "oh no not more!"

I'm been googling and found this website http://thefertilityshop.com/fertilit...s_vitamins.htm which mentions progesterone creams, but also agnus castus (vitex/chasteberry), which I'm already taking to lengthen my luteal phase (and worked from month 1, am on month 2 now.) So I'm happy that I don't need to start taking anything else! I believe vit B6 helps with progesterone too and I found this http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/lu...se-defect.html . I'm taking pregnacare conception vits too which contains a small amount of B6 so I hope it's enough to help along with the agnus castus.

Before TTC I had spotting for about a day before AF, sometimes 2 days, but since TTC it's increased to 4-5 days . This also happened last month when taking the AC for the first month, but I'm hoping it'll settle down as it can take 3 months to get into your system.

to you! x

p.s I can't believe your doctor told you 2 years! I thought they'd give you help at 1 year, though I'm in the UK so it may be different.



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Old Jan 8th, 2011, 10:39 AM   3
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Old Jan 9th, 2011, 03:07 AM   4
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Hi,

Thanks for your reply. Didn't mean to worry you. I have lots of other PMS type symptoms which start at day 21 which also lead me to worry about progesterone. Rather than the cream which seems a bit extreme especially as I really need to have bloods done to check that is the issue before messing with hormones. i will try some B6 and see what happens.

Read a bit about Agnus castus but found lots of conflict re when you should take it. I think most seem to think you need to allow to build up so everyday is best. But seen some that take either for first or second half of the cycle. What do you do? Also how much Holland and Barratt have 400mg tablets but also seen 20mg ones which is massive difference.

Re Dr I'm in UK too - but Dr wasn't interested as I already have a child so there can not be anything wrong in their opinion. I know what he means but my cycles have changed since my first - I've had an early miscarriage (maybe linked although not necessarily), and also I had bleeding in my first pregnancy up to 12 weeks- had healthy baby (can also indicate low progesterone) - so think I have convinced myself.

Come on B6!!

Good luck and thanks again



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Old Jan 9th, 2011, 06:35 AM   5
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I have the same problem and its really worrying me. I have spotting 6 days before my AF arrives and I think it is having affect on my fertility. I have taken B-vits this month but there has not been much difference.
I may take Agnus Castus along side the B-Vits this month but need to investigate the side effects. If that doesn't help I will go to the doctors next month for them to check my hormone balance.
Has anyone tried Soya Isoflavones and does it help with spotting?
FX we find something which help the problem.



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Hi,

Thanks for your reply. Didn't mean to worry you. I have lots of other PMS type symptoms which start at day 21 which also lead me to worry about progesterone. Rather than the cream which seems a bit extreme especially as I really need to have bloods done to check that is the issue before messing with hormones. i will try some B6 and see what happens.

Read a bit about Agnus castus but found lots of conflict re when you should take it. I think most seem to think you need to allow to build up so everyday is best. But seen some that take either for first or second half of the cycle. What do you do? Also how much Holland and Barratt have 400mg tablets but also seen 20mg ones which is massive difference.

Re Dr I'm in UK too - but Dr wasn't interested as I already have a child so there can not be anything wrong in their opinion. I know what he means but my cycles have changed since my first - I've had an early miscarriage (maybe linked although not necessarily), and also I had bleeding in my first pregnancy up to 12 weeks- had healthy baby (can also indicate low progesterone) - so think I have convinced myself.

Come on B6!!

Good luck and thanks again
Ha no it's ok! You know when you overcome one problem then you realise you've got another! We'll see what happens this month, got postive OPK 2 days ago, my ticker was wrong, was 2 days earlier than last month thanks again to the AC. I take 400mg x 2 twice a day from Holland and Barrett. I have heard conflicting reports of taking them all the way through the cycle vs taking them up to ovulation. There was a thread on here for AC and on there the majority were taking them up to ovulation so I'm going with that. Also taking evening primrose oil which can cause uterine contractions so again I'm only taking that up to ovulation. It's funny though this spotting has got so longer since TTC, it's as if perhaps an egg has fertilised but isn't managing to implant, it's probably not that, but seems very strange. I've also had some cramping along with the spotting, last month from 6DPO onwards... Good luck to you and lots of x



 
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I have the same problem and its really worrying me. I have spotting 6 days before my AF arrives and I think it is having affect on my fertility. I have taken B-vits this month but there has not been much difference.
I may take Agnus Castus along side the B-Vits this month but need to investigate the side effects. If that doesn't help I will go to the doctors next month for them to check my hormone balance.
Has anyone tried Soya Isoflavones and does it help with spotting?
FX we find something which help the problem.
Hi Happyshopper I'm not far from you, in Washington I think some vits are supposed to take around 3 months to take effect, Agnus Castus for one, however I noticed a difference straight away. I've read about soy, there's a thread on here for it. But I came across this http://www.babyhopes.com/articles/soy.html and it put me right off, is talking about it decreasing fertility! I think it depends on getting the balance right, there's been a lot of soy babies on here! to you too x



 
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By the way ladies, how long have you been trying? x



 
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Just want to say I have this too, this month I've spotted since 8DPO the hardest thing is you start convincing yourself it's implantation then have to accept the fact it's not when it doesn't stop

I'm trying vit b6 this cycle (50mg) plus an additional vit b complex tablet I'm also going to take Evening Primrose (just up until ovulation) and also a regular strength Vitamin C (because I've heard it's good when TTC and I also hope to keep the many colds at bay). I also have just an 11 day luteal phase so I'm hoping the B vitamins lengthen that too, as weird as it's sounds I've love my two week wait to actually be two weeks instead I have a 28/29 day cycle but have to wait till CD 18 to ovulate grrrrrrr

Lets hope these B vitamins help us both! PMA , they will work



 
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Old Jan 9th, 2011, 15:29 PM   10
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Hi MrsPTTC, thanks very much for the link. Im from Aycliffe and only 20 minutes down the A1 from you.
I couldnt decide whether to go for AC or Soy. Soy seems to have such a high success rate and I was willing to try anything that may help. I will probably go for AC with B vits as I think it will help the spotting hopefully.
We are just coming to the end of the fourth cycle but were NTNP for a year to September.



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