Join Date: Jun 2005
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Some background: I'm tandem-nusring my middle (3.5 yrs) and youngest (almost 18 mos.) DCs and TTC #4. Started getting my cycle back about 3 months ago, but I don't think I O'd the first time until last month. The first two "cycles" I had some EWCM but not tons like I normally do, and the periods came 5-7 days later and were very short and light. So last month I had a lot more EWCM and thought I was O'ing so I used prog cream after O to try to lengthen my LP. Got AF around 9 or 10 DPO despite using the cream. (So incidentally, what does that mean? Was I not using enough to hold off AF?) Anyway, AF was *extremely* heavy and crampy/painful for days and days. So I figured that was my first "real" cycle.
I really, really, really wanted to conceive this month - so I've been using OPKs since day 10 in addition to observing CM (no temping since we've been traveling etc.) All totally negative until yesterday early am - CD 20 - got a very dark, positive OPK. So we DTD last night, 12 hrs after the + OPK, so perfect timing right?
So this morning I'm having what I thought was O cramping, but I felt wet. Figured it was just more EWCM or semen from last night. But it was blood. I was shocked to see that! It wasn't what I pictured O spotting to be (a little pink or bright-red tinged mucus I thought, right?) I've never had bleeding around O before. It was more dark red/black-brown and it was definitely mucusy but more blood than I expected. (Sorry, TMI alert!) It was more like stretchy/stringy blood than mucus with a little blood in it. It was bloody when I wiped and then I spotted a bit on a pad over the next hour and then it stopped - nothing more all day. Could this still be ovulation spotting, or is my cycle even more messed up than I thought? What does it sound like to you? Should I start the prog cream tomorrow again - how much? TIA!!