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Period starts after sex

Lately my period will get off to a very very very lazy start, just light spotting for days on end, but as soon as I have a good orgasm, like when DH and I have sex, then it will finally get things flowing immediately. It makes it very difficult to pinpoint which day to consider day 1 of my cycle. It's one thing if it's just a day or two, but for example, this time it was spotting for a few days, then *nothing* for a couple more days, then finally, after finally getting a chance to be intimate after getting back from vacation with the in-laws, my period finally got going at a normal flow 7 days after I first started spotting. Do I call this day 7? Day 1? Something in between? It makes a big difference when trying to avoid pregnancy in the pre-ovulatory phase. Am I a week away from ovulation or two? It's just really odd; it's like without the uterine contractions, my period doesn't seem to like to start on its own. Yet when I google, all I find are articles saying that orgasms cannot start your period. Hogwash--I'm here to tell you it does! Does this happen to anyone else? If so, how do you account for it in NFP?

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Hi mum2sarah

I have experienced something similar now and then, but I am still on hormonal contraception, so my system is not entirely functioning at its best - hoping to start NFP within the next month or two, depending on my body's reaction to the hormone withdrawal.

I do think that if this is a new symptom, it would be wise to see a doctor about it, especially if you haven't experienced any big life changes or trauma around the same time that your cycle started changing.

That being said, I do agree with you, it is possible that orgasms can start your period. I just don't think it's normal that your period is almost "waiting" for the sex. Not sure about the charting, though :/ Hopefully, someone else will be able to answer that one!!
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One more thing - if your period is needing a bit of help, apparently the FemmyCycle menstrual cup has a bit of a vacuum, which has reportedly shortened some women's periods by helping the menstruation to come out more quickly. I reckon that it might help yours start on time without needing some "alone time" with DH Hope this helps. or ( covers all the information regarding the vacuum)
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Hello, this for sure happens to me too! My cycles are always slightly different. Sometimes I spot for 4-5 days, sometimes only 1 day. Sometimes my "flowing" days are 3 days long, sometimes 6. And I completely agree that sex and orgasms have a big affect on the time and flow of when my period starts. I recently heard it referred to as "shaking the ketchup bottle" hahahaaa!!! So I assume it's not rare.

I'm thinking the only true way to know when you are ovulating would be to chart your cycles. Which I just started to do for this reason.
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