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Spotting during 2WW means pregnancy is less likely

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akachan Tue 04-Feb-14 15:55:16

This is probably well known but it seems like spotting is often treated as a good sign on here. In fact:

"the chance that spotting will happen on any given DPO is greater for non-pregnant women than for pregnant. In DPOs 0-9 this means that spotting is a slightly negative indicator for pregnancy.

In DPOs 10-20, in contrast, it is a strongly negative indicator since the primary cause of spotting in those DPOs is oncoming menstruation. The large bulge in the non-pregnant curve shows this clearly."

See graph here -

Butler4 Tue 04-Feb-14 16:28:43

That was a really interesting read that I wish I had in October last year when I first started getting a browny discharge a week before af.

I am now more relaxed and not symptom spotting every month and I feel much happier/calmer now. This info would have probably helped me get there quicker so I hope that it can help other people who are convinced that pre af spotting is implantation bleeding.

akachan Tue 04-Feb-14 17:00:03

I found it interesting as well, I am a dreadful symptom spotter still. Although I have found writing it down helps so that I can look back and say that actually I had [insert random twinge, feeling whatever] the last 4 months anyway.

It's very misleading to say to someone who has some mid cycle bleeding "oh that's a good sign, it's probably implantation". It's false hope. I do appreciate that people are trying to be nice but at best it's neutral and depending on DPO can be a strong counter indicator.

I probably need to get out more!

Butler4 Tue 04-Feb-14 17:18:26

Haha no it's great I think I'm at the stage now though when I realise that it's just part of my cycle now and my body does play tricks on me. I have also now given up on that BFP ever happening now so just presume everything that happens is a symptom of af. Maybe one day I'll be proven wrong.

Think there is so much online about bleeding before af being implantation bleeding and that's why people convince themselves that's what's happening. I know I certainly did the first time it happened.

ImBrian Tue 04-Feb-14 19:19:53

The only times ive ever had mid cycle bleeding is when ive been pregnant so it does happen. Ive had 2 with bleeding and 3 without.

allchatnicknamesgone Tue 04-Feb-14 19:33:43

I think this post will help lots of women on here. So many of us get our hopes up and start googling implantation, whereas more often than not its just a slow starter AF.


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