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I have been TTC for a year. For the past three cycles, I have been spotting for 3-5 days during my LP before AF finally shows up. Does anyone know if this is an indicator of a greater problem (such as a progesterone issue) and if so, what can I do about it? TIA!
 

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spotting during your LP certainly could be a sign of low progest, but FWIU, I think it depends on how long your LP is. As in, if you have a 14+ day LP and spot for the last few of those days, you're probably okay, but if you have a shorter LP and spot for the last part of it, that's probably more of a concern. If I were in your shoes, I would think that 5 days of spotting at least warrants a mention to your HCP.<br><br>
Have you done anything different in the last few cycles that might have influenced your hormones?
 

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Hey,<br><br>
I also spot for 2 days before AF arrives. I have a 14 Day LP though and I had a prog drawn this cycle at 7dpo and it was just over 11 so its fine. I still done know why I spot <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/redface.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="Embarrassment"> But im having more tests done on CD3 now as well..<br><br>
I hope you find out what it is!
 

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I think 1-2 days of spotting can be very normal, especially with a normal luteal phase. 3-5 days is a good sign that something is not right - I think even with a normal length LP, 5 days of spotting (it it happens every single cycle) should be checked out, especially if you are having trouble TTC.<br><br>
I was spotting with short LP and had my prog. BW taken, it came back normal (14) but Dr gave me prog. supps anyway since I had been TTC unsuccessfully for a while. They lengthened my LP but I still had spotting 5 days before AF. Dr. doubled my dose and finally, I have normal LP with no spotting (this is my 4th cycle without spotting). My spotting was persistant and had been happening for years...<br><br>
Since you have been ttc for a year, it would be something worth investigating. Maybe you have had a prog. problem all along and you are just now starting to manifest symptoms, who knows? Good luck!
 

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Thanks for your replies!<br><br>
I haven't done anything differently that I can think of. Even when AF is a little late, my LP is rarely longer than 12 days, so almost half of it can be spent spotting on and off. I do have a NMW appt. coming up next week, so I will mention the low progesterone theory. Thanks! <img alt="" class="inlineimg" src="http://www.mothering.com/discussions/images/smilies/thumb.gif" style="border:0px solid;" title="thumbs up">
 
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