B.W. asks from Salt Lake City, UT on February 18, 2010
Late Period, Odd Symptoms, Negative Pregnancy test....what's Going On?
Well, according to Murphy's Law, I will probably get my period tomorrow since I am typing this tonight, LOL!
So here is a little brief history:
Dec 18 - Period came
Jan 6 - IUD removed (trying for baby #3!)
Jan 8 - 2 days of light bleeding
Jan 17- VERY light spotting, not even a full day
Feb 10-15-ish - Weaned my 1 yr old from breastfeeding
Feb 15 - Negative pregnancy test.
Still no period! I've been really crampy, bloated, slightly nauseous, MOODY......and having SOOO much clear discharge. I'm just wondering what advice or ideas you might have as to what's going on. I'ev always been VERY regular. And both of my previous pregnancies showed up positive early and easily. Any ieas? THANK YOU!!!
T.W. answers from Denver on February 19, 2010
It could be one of 4 different things going on.
1 - I nursed all three of my kids and with the 1st two, it took 6 months or more for me to get a regular period after I weaned them. Basically it took 21 months to screw up my hormonal system with pregnancy and nursing that your body needs a bit of time to get back on track. So it could just be that you quit nursing and your body is readjusting.
2 - IUDs are also hormonal and it is not unusual for it to take a bit of time for your body to get back on track after having them removed so irregular bleeding is expected.
3 - You will get your period today because you just typed this request. : )
4 - You are pregnant and it is not showing up on the test yet. My third baby did not follow a single rule that the other two did. My symptoms were different, I carried different, I felt different, and it took three tests to show I was pregnant.
So I say wait it out a bit, the answer will come.
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A.P. answers from Colorado Springs on February 19, 2010
It sounds like your hormones haven't rebalanced. Do you have a good naturopath or midwife with whom to talk? Most MDs don't try to re-balance the body. They just say, "You have 3 kids. Of course you are moody" and the smile.
After my 3rd, I was always exhausted. It wasn't until much later I found that I had problems with my adrenals - related to my not getting healthy after my 2nd pregnancy.
So, find a good naturopath; and maybe a Mom and Me yoga class too. That will help relax and help the body heal.
D.S. answers from Tulsa on February 19, 2010
stress or a false pregnancy. removing the iud may have made you just have short cycles and your bodys trying to re regulate itself. Your going to hate it when you do get your first heavy one.
V.W. answers from Jacksonville on February 18, 2010
I would consider the Jan 8 bleeding and the spotting around the 17th as your period. January 8th would have been the 21st day of your cycle... so.. right on time!
If you normally have "clockwork" periods, then you would be due again around Feb 5th. You didn't really say how regular you are about that. Discontinuing breastfeeding can affect some of the hormones coursing through your body, so some of the cramps, bloating, moodiness or nausea could be related to that change in hormones. Clear discharge can be associated with ovulation, so perhaps you just ovulated? Your cycle might be changing slightly due to the change from breastfeeding. I know after I change my hormones (go off the pill) my periods are very erratic for awhile and my cycle is not a 28 day cycle... closer to 40 days.
Give it another few days and see if anything changes. Or call your doctor and ask if any of this could be associated with the removal of the IUD.
Here is a site where others have had some issues:
S.H. answers from Chicago on February 18, 2010
I think the IUD is your culprit! The bleeding afterward very normal, the light spotting on the 17th could have been your period. You didn't mention how long the IUD was in. Also you are breastfeeding and then weaned your baby, that could play havoc also with your cycle. Maybe try and relax, take some walks. Then perhaps your cycle will become regular again. If you don't have a period by March 13, then I would go to the doctor. I hope everything works out for you. I am not a doctor but I have had alot of experience with what you are talking about.
K.D. answers from Dallas on February 18, 2010
Your body went through so many changes in a short period of time, sounds like your body is trying to adjust back to normal. If you have lots of clear discharge its probably time to have lots of sex because you are most likely ovulating now for the first time (yay!) So have fun....
M.W. answers from Cleveland on February 18, 2010
As someone who had an iud removed recently there is some cramping and spotting when you get it removed. If it was a cooper IUD that should not effect your hormones but if it was Mirena that could have messed up your cycle. Once you stopped breakfeeding the clear discharge could also be effects from your hormones returning to a more normal cycle. Cause you know things are drier when you are breastfeeding.
I say relax. Take it easy. Wait a week and test again. If it's still negative then it could just be all the recent changes have thrown your body cycle off track.
I was on the cooper IUD and had it removed on the first of July and was pregnant by the end of July. So anything is possible. Hoping that you get pregnant soon if that's what you want. :) Hope you get some answers soon about what's going on. :)
J.P. answers from Salt Lake City on February 20, 2010
It seems that maybe you are ovulating. If your distarge is clear and stretchy. I sometimes get a little crampy when ovulating as well. Good luck