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Experiences of implantation bleeding or mid-luteal phase spotting please?

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2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 10:22:01

I am worrying myself silly. I know the only thing to do is wait and see but just wondered if others could share their experiences/ advice to help me get through these next few days.

FF says I ov'd on CD18 - I have a clear biphasic chart pattern. Am now 12DPO. On 7DPO I had a temp dip followed by a sharp rise. Sorry, the next part is a bit TMI. On 8DPO I had a spot of pink stained CM. On 9DPO in the evening I started very light red and brown spotting. This has continued until this morning, with some very tiny stringy brown clots. Every time I think AF is coming, it trails off. My temps are still high. I have very mild lower abdominal cramps intermittently as well.

Has anyone had implantation bleeding that lasted this long (today is the 5th day in total, 3rd day of continuous spotting) and matched this description? Or is it likely that something else is wrong?

I have been pregnant twice and both times I had implantation bleeding. First time so long ago I can't remember (except that in my naivety I mistook it for a light period), the most recent time it was red blood, but only for 1.5 days, with no cramps. I have never had mid-luteal phase spotting except when I was pregnant. But my cycle has taken 6 months to come back to normal after a mc in Jan, so I suppose anything is possible.

Any experiences or suggestions much appreciated.

Many thanks.

http://www.fertilityfriend.com/home/292818

londonlottie Thu 03-Sep-09 11:17:21

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2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 11:27:35

Thanks Lottie. Have never temped before so am not sure of my luteal phase length, but have always had regular cycles of roughly 32/33 days and from previous pg and this cycle I think I normally ov CD16/17/18 so that makes a good 14 days luteal phase. Never spot before AF for more than half a day before full red flow. Am just worried the fact that it is lasting so long means something is not right...

idealcamel Thu 03-Sep-09 11:32:12

Same q's as Lottie, really! Are you far enough along in your LP to do a test?

I tend to spot at anything from 9dpo onwards, but for me it's definitely a warning that my period's on its way.

idealcamel Thu 03-Sep-09 11:34:01

Sorry, x post. If your cycles are usually 32-33 days, you could do a test? From what I've read, if you're actually pregnant and spotting dark blood, it's usually old and not a problem. Lots of bright red blood is more of an issue.

2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 12:19:22

Thanks IdealCamel

I am only 12DPO so I think it is too early to test. I guess I just have to wait and see if this turns into AF. But I never have luteal phase spotting so just wondered if anyone had implantation bleeding that lasted this long. If it disappears by the weekend I will test then.

londonlottie Thu 03-Sep-09 12:38:49

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2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 12:46:13

Yeah I am definitely having trouble lasting that long! But I think it's pointless to test and get a BFN but then end up not really believing it and having to test again later... Or worse, I'm scared of getting a BFP followed by a big bleed. I'd rather just convince myself it's AF. I'm scared of everything really it's ridiculous, and I know that worrying myself sick is not good for ttc or pregnancy, I ought to know better...

tigerbear Thu 03-Sep-09 13:01:21

Hi Destiny - I am having similar problems - had a normal period from 2nd August, then we were TTC, then I had odd bleeding about 9 days after the normal period for about 5 days - similar to you - not red, but brownish.
I then started to spot again 2 days ago - very light - and have had two positive pg tests - First Response one (which I didn't really believe as the line was so faint) then a Clearblue one yesterday, which def said I was pg!

However went to the doctor yesterday and she didn't seem to think I was pg- said it was probably a very early mc, or a chemical pg
So, my advice would to be not to do test yet - I wish I hadn't done mine now as feel totally deflated - don't know if I am pg or not, or if I've got AF.

londonlottie Thu 03-Sep-09 13:08:43

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2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 13:20:48

Hi tigerbear

Thanks for sharing your experience. I am trying very hard to resist testing, not sure how long I can hold out. But I agree with LondonLottie, I'm surprised your dr has dismissed this so quickly. If your BFP has got stronger that sounds like a good sign to me. I think it is a case of waiting to see whether the spotting stops or whether you start to bleed AF-like flow. The waiting is just brutal, isn't it? It's like time stands still. I really hope this works out for you. Do keep us posted, if you feel up to it.

tigerbear Thu 03-Sep-09 13:23:16

Londonlottie thanks. I'm trying to stay positive, but the bleeding seems to be a bit worse now - it wasn't earlier, so I was getting my hopes up again. It's very dark, not red (sorry if TMI!).

2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 13:24:55

tigerbear do you know how many days post-ov you are?

tigerbear Thu 03-Sep-09 13:30:22

2ndDestiny - no idea! I'm a total newbie to all of this - August was the first time we had properly TTC. How do I work it out?

tigerbear Thu 03-Sep-09 13:37:29

2ndDestiny - sorry, didn't see your other post. Yes, although it's only been since Tuesday night that I had the first positive test, it's like a whole new world of fertility jargon has popped up, and the waiting is awful!!!
I just looked at the MN ovulation calendar, and apparently my most fertile phase was 14-18th August - we last properly TTC'd on the 13th, so that would be about right.
The Clearblue test said I was 1-2 weeks pg.

2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 13:48:52

The only foolproof way to tell is to temp. But you obviously hit the fertile window cause you got a BFP. It sounds like you are a little later on in your cycle than me. I guess the dr may be thinking that the first bleed you described was implantation but is not sure about this recent bleeding. The fact that it's dark may not be significant at all. I have read that only half of women who experience bleeding in early pg go on to miscarry so the dr should not have written you off like that and she could have been a bit more supportive. Although it's only since Tuesday, in my experience as soon as you get a BFP you get emotionally attached so no wonder you feel deflated. That's why I'm terrified of testing. Fingers crossed for you.

tigerbear Thu 03-Sep-09 13:54:30

Destiny you are so right. As soon as I saw the result on the Clearblue test I was so happy, and also surprised - I wasn't really expecting it to be positive. After all these years of trying NOT to get pg (and feeling relieve all of the times I was late, and seeing the negative response) it was so odd now that I want to be pg so much, to see that result pop up. Sorry to ramble on - I'm ADDICTED to threads like this on MN right now - spent all of yesterday on there, and most of today! Can't concentrate, and should really be working!!

Elle01 Thu 03-Sep-09 13:56:06

Hi guys am in the same situation due on Saturday but have been spotting ( brownish) for the last 7 days ! The waiting is driving me crazy - just wish that if I am not pg then I wish my period would hurry up and arrive ! Am trying really hard not to get my hopes up as we have been trying for 13 months ! Would be great to hear some good news out of this - keep me posted if you can !

tigerbear Thu 03-Sep-09 14:04:19

Hi Elle01- have you done a test? As above, try not to do one just yet!
Good luck everyone - let's keep each other posted over the next few days.
Destiny - sorry to hijack your thread blush
x

2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 14:07:58

I know tigerbear I'm supposed to be working as well, but am absolutely useless right now.

Hi Elle do you normally have any spotting between ov and AF? Or is this unusual for you too?

I am driving myself insane thinking about it... I have tried to convince myself to wait until Monday but I may cave in and test on Sat a.m. if no proper AF by then.

joesgirl Thu 03-Sep-09 15:22:48

Ladies, may I join and offer my current experience (also with the slighly selfish motive to get it off my chest, as I am not able to anyone, given our history of MCs).

Last period 1 Aug, conception most likely 15 Aug. AF due last Sat. I started to spot every so slightly (brownish, only visible when wiping, sorry TMI). Spotting lasted until Tuesday evening, nothing since. Monday morning and evening 2 strong BFPs. Having all the usual symptoms (breasts, exhaustion, smell sense, faintness).

I dont even want to think that this is not a "proper" pregancy, it would be too dreadful... but I guess i need to be cautious and see what the first scan says.

tigerbear Thu 03-Sep-09 15:29:42

Hi joesgirl - that sounds very positive if you haven't had any spotting since Tuesday. Have you booked to see the doctor? Fingers crossed for you...

joesgirl Thu 03-Sep-09 15:35:31

thank you tigerbear. seeing my gp tomorrow.

2ndDestiny Thu 03-Sep-09 16:21:11

Joesgirl I would say the strong BFPs and the fact that your bleeding has stopped sounds very positive. Good luck.

Well I'm feeling increasingly period-y and have had (sorry to be gross) a few big blobs of thick red blood now so surely this cannot be implantation. But it is very early for AF, and my temps are still high so something is amiss. Maybe they will plummet tomorrow.

tigerbear Thu 03-Sep-09 17:04:00

joesgirl - good luck tomorrow!
2ndDestiny- you never know - someone else on MN said recently that their implantation bleeding was bright red instead of brown.

I just did something silly - went and did another test - was positive, but then what did I expect, having only done the other one yesterday?? I think I'm looking for some magic clues from the magic stick!! I just want to know either way, whether I properly am, or not.

Am supposed to be doing a half marathon in under 3 weeks, with lots of big training runs (13 miles) before then- do I continue training or not?

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