June 27, 2008,
H.N. asks from Cedar Rapids, IA on June 26, 2008
Spotting Between Periods?
I am wondering if anyone out there has experienced some spotting between periods. About five years ago I was diagnosed with PCOS and had trouble concieving with the help of clomid I was able to get pregnant and had a very healthly little girl. I went on to have three more pregnancies and two more bueitful little girls. I miscarried between baby number one and baby number two. Then baby number three was a schocker to us. I don't know if my body kicked into gear afer having a baby but I was never regular sometimes went three months before having a period before having kids, after having kids I went to 45 days between periods. It took having three kids to become regular, but now I am spotting bewteen periods. I noticed it a few months ago but it only lasted a day or two. I am now on day 4 of spotting and probably need to see the doctor. I am wondering if anyone out there has experienced this? And if you did did you go to the doctor? What was the outcome? I know reading things on the internet it could be a mass of things but want to hear others stories before going to the doctor. Thanks for all your help.
L.B. answers from Sioux Falls on June 26, 2008
Are you on birth control pill? I have been doing this since I started the pill. I also have PSOC and was told when on the pill that could happen.
If you want a great spot to get medical advice, go to WebMD.com. It is ran by doctors and gives you all the facts. Googleing can lead to many scary stories of things that happen to others, but are extremely rare. People rarely put the positive and helpful things on. Discovery Healthy website (I dont know the address) is another good one to use, it too is ran by doctors. Good Luck!
J.D. answers from Sioux City on June 27, 2008
Hello! I have PCOS too and by some miracle from God I got pregnant when I wasn't taking any medicine (other than Metformin). Now my son is 19 months old and I nursed him for 12 months. Before I got pregnant I would maybe get a period once a year unless taking progesterone. When I quit nursing, my periods started out normal, but then each cycle I started spotting more and more days throughout the cycle (usually more toward the end of the cycle). My doctor said I had low progesterone (I chart using the Creighton Model way so that helped him diagnose my particular problem), so he prescribed progesterone. I take it starting 3 days after I ovulate and then for 10 days OR until I get my period. It has cleaned up my periods wonderfully! I don't know if I'll have to take the progesterone my whole life, or if things will eventually straighten themselves out?
Keep in mind that mid cycle spotting can be from ovulating, but from what I understand I don't think that bleeding would last 4 days. I think at the most 2 days.
Anyways, just thought I'd throw in my 2 cents. I'm glad to hear you were able to go on to concieve more children. We're on a quest for number 2 and it has already taken longer (6 months) than I was hoping it would!
A.T. answers from Minneapolis on June 26, 2008
I will be interested to hear responses. I have 16 month old twins, also diagnosed with PCOS. Had one miscarraige. Took clomid to achieve pregnancy both times, and basically don't get a period with out taking something. After breastfeeding for a year, I am back on the pill after a LONG time off of it. After three months of taking it, I have had spotting in the middle of the pack, and have NOT gotten my period. I did call my Dr, who did NOT seemed concerned...
N.S. answers from Minneapolis on June 26, 2008
I had a similar experience. I do not have PCOS, but I do have fertility issues (a genetic blood disorder) that made achieving pregnancy difficult. After both miscarriages, and births, I had very irregular periods, though I was very regular before I started a family.
In between babies, I too had spotting, and sometimes very long cycles, and sometimes very short ones. I soon found out I had a hormone imbalance and vitamin deficiency from all of the pregnancies. In some women, regaining a regular cycle after birth can take many months, and sometimes years. I'm happy to say, I'm now back to my old self, thanks to the help a fertility specialist.
Upon the recommendation of a friend, I went to a fertility specialist (Dr. Mary Paquette)at AAFLA clinic in White Bear Lake for a full fertility evaluation. I was not going there to achieve pregnancy(which is their specialty) but was hoping to find out the cause of my irregular cycles, including spotting and was told they could help with this as well.
The staff there was magnificient. This clinic specializes in a method of natural Infertility treatment called the "Creighton" method. The method combines, nutrition, natural hormone therapies, and natural family planning to both achieve and avoid pregnancy. The additional benefit of this sort of fertility treatment is that it helps women to effectively address other female issues including PCOS, endometriosis, fibroids, hormone issues, perimenopause, and menopause, etc. This is possible because all of these issues are inter-related with fertility.
Until I had a full evaluation done at this clinic, my regular OB/Gyn missed all sorts of things that were causing spotting, longer cycles, and other symptoms.
At AAFLA, they did a physical, a full blood workup, checking for genetic issues, vitamin and mineral deficiencies that affect cycles, including blood tests that measure hormone levels at all stages of your monthly cycle. From all of this, they came back with a prescribed regimen that would balance hormone levels (using natural not synthetic hormones) vitamins, diet, and other natural methods. They were so thorough, they discovered the cause of my miscarriages(this undiagnosed blood disorder) and also the cause of my mid cycle spotting (a hormone imbalance which is common after child birth in many women).
I've never felt better since. I have no problems anymore. I can't promise they can do this for you, but since I've been to the clinic, everyone I know who has been there or received treatment there has had incredible recovery and success. I highly recommend it.
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