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#1 Magnolia2

Posted 23 September 2019 - 04:40 PM

Hi all - a bit of a strange question. We are currently TTC for a second child. Has anyone experienced early spotting/a shorter luteal phase than usual that actually coincides with beginning to TTC? ie. could there be something about TTC with DH that is causing me to spot early?

We have only just started TTC (2 months), and on both occasions, I have begun spotting early in what is already a quite short cycle (22-25 days). My period returned after having DS (2 yo) 13 months ago, and I did not have any spotting whatsoever any of those 13 cycles....

I just mentioned it to my FS at an appointment last week (yes, getting in early; she helped us last time) and she thought it was strange and made a note of it.

Now, looking back at conceiving DS, I can recall the exactly same thing happening. He was conceived after a matter of years (1 MMC, AMH tested, ovulation checked, sperm tests done, genetic tests done - no obvious cause for infertility...). I had made the observation to the FS then that my already short cycle (22-25 days) was being blighted by early spotting, so she put me on Clomid and DS was conceived about 5 months after that. Again, the early spotting seemed to coincide with TTC.

So - is there any correlation between a shortened luteal phase/early spotting and TTC? Or just random coincidence twice now?

Trying not to overthink it... (as if).

#2 Lucrezia Borgia

Posted 23 September 2019 - 04:47 PM

not sure...it will be interesting to see what your FS says...all i can say is that as my TTC journey dragged on, i was hyper aware and hyper sensitive to everything - any spotting, any early cramping etc, so it would be hard to say if it happened before, when i wasn’t TTC if you know what i mean...like i may have spotted, and just not noticed it, whereas when i was TTC I noticed EVERYTHING.

good luck.

Edited by Lucrezia Borgia, 23 September 2019 - 04:47 PM.


#3 Magnolia2

Posted 23 September 2019 - 04:55 PM

So true LB. I remember last time around assessing every minuscule boob itch or random lurch in my stomach as potentially being related to a pregnancy...

I won't pretend we have high expectations that we will get lucky a second time (like so many others on EB that are TTC, last time around was quite an ordeal and took its toll in various ways). I suppose I'm just wondering about whether there are any causes for early spotting that are linked with TTC, not that it's something that can necessarily be addressed formally by the FS.


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