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scrabblelover's Avatar scrabblelover 12:23 AM 11-10-2005
I'm so frustrated i'm hoping someone here can help, offer advice, words of wisdom, anything. I posted this on the Infertility board as well. But i'm hoping someone here may have some ideas of how to help naturally so that's why i'm also posting here. I respect the ladies here on this board and hope to one day be a UC.

Here's my problem:
July 2004 went off the pill after 7 years
Had one long cycle (40 days) immediately when going off.
then 6 normal, picture perfect 28 day cycles
Then my body went CRAZY!
Now i have a 5 day period, ovulate around day 13 or 14, then will begin to spot on day 17 or 18, will continue to spot until day 28 then have a 5 day period.
I went to the dr. in August, physically everything is normal, no polyps, good pap, everything normal.
i know it has to be hormonal. In August, i used progesterone (dr. prescribed dosage) and vitex. and had a normal cycle.
Since then i've been doing the same things (prog. & vitex), but have gone back to spotting for 11 to 12 days continuously.

I know that it is most likely i have extremely low progesterone. But why did it work one month and not the next? The couple of blood tests i've had have been normal.

Any ideas, thoughts, advice?

I did also post this on Infertility, just hoping maybe someone here can help.

Thanks for anything you can give me.

cathicog's Avatar cathicog 01:32 AM 11-10-2005
I have found, since I have had so many friends on the pill, and many for YEARS, that one thing most docs don't tell you is it may take months to years for your hormones to get to working properly....You may not even have 28 day cycles anymore. They may change(thus also changing when you can get pg) Have you ever read "Taking Charge of Your Fertility" by Toni Weschler? I highly recommend it. It will help take the mystery out of when your cycles are actually ovulatory cycles or not, etc...
scrabblelover's Avatar scrabblelover 04:04 AM 11-10-2005
Read it, practically have it memorized. I know about the pill leaving your system and i also know that at 16 months since i've been off of it, it could still be possible.

Also i know that i am ovulating. I've ovualted every cycle since being off. It's not ovulation that is my problem. It's my lutueal phase.

Also let me add the 12 days of spotting is accompanied by LOTS of stringy black blood.
Ain't it great to be me?
annakiss's Avatar annakiss 02:16 PM 11-10-2005
Moved to Fertility...
rebeccalizzie's Avatar rebeccalizzie 02:49 AM 11-13-2005
Oh, this could so be me. I went off the pill a year ago. For 6-8 months, I started spotting the day I ovulated, and continued until I started my period. It sucked. And it was *nasty* blood--brown and icky. Ob said it might be progesterone levels, but I wasn't TTC until a few months ago, so she didn't think we should do anything and maybe my body would get back in order.

I started taking prenatals a few months ago, and the spotting finally stopped, and I'm back to a 28 day cycle. I didn't make the connection until this month I stopped taking them and started spotting. I went back on them last week...spotting stopped. Apparently a deficiency in one of the B vitamins (or several, I'm sorry I don't remember) can cause this. My prenatals have a good amount of B complex.

So...I'd try taking a B vitamin. Worth a shot, anyway!

Good luck, believe me I know how much this sucks! I'm sooo mad at myself for taking those darn things for years...sigh.
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