Spotting 6 days after the pill (really 5-7) is a big concern when trying to conceive. Here is an email we received from a concerned women we call A. Our response is below the spotting question.
Question: I have been looking at your site and wanted to inquire about my spotting issue.
I have been off of BC for a year now ( was on it for 9). Initally after the pill I had normal periods, then things went haywire around month 6.
Currently, I spot around 6-7 days after ovulation every cycle. Then I start AF 7 days later (14 dpo). Is it impossible to get pregnant when this happens?
I have been to the doctor and no abnormalities have been found. He says it’s hormonal and will resolve itself in time. If it doesn’t, he suggest clomid which I do NOT want to do.
Answer: Hello A,
Did your doctor test your hormones? Your estrogen and progesterone should have been tested. To suggest clomid without checking hormone levels is in my opinion, abominable. Clomid is only supposed to be prescribed for 3 rounds in a row or 5 total IN A LIFETIME due to the concerns of ovarian cancer. Suppose you were to have other issues and you went on it? Well, that is enough of that subject. Read about it at InfertilityWorkshop.com/blog and the Dangers of Clomid. You are wise not to want to venture down that road.
If you are spotting 6-7 days after ovulation then you may be habitually aborting still; miscarrying. Since the pill alters your hormones it makes two things happen. One is to abort if pregnancy should occur and the other is to make the environment unable for proper implantation of a baby AKA a fertilized egg.
6-7 days past ovulation is usually when implantation of the fertilized egg happens. If you are low in progesterone, which is extremely common after BCP and especially from so long on the pill, you would not be able to hold on to a baby because of a poor lining. It is the blood filled lining that nourishes the growth of the placenta. Natural progesterone builds up the lining as one of the benefits. With continual use it will strengthen the egg, thereby making for better hormonal balance.
The next thing would be to discuss how long your periods are and how the bleeding is. Monitoring your cycles through temping, the OvaCue Monitor or The Fertility Tracker would be helpful to know when you are fertile and when you become pregnant.
Also, Helonias AKA False Unicorn are good choices to get rid of left over hormones after the pill. You might want to get some. Having your hormones tested is very important as well, remember. Try ZRT hormone kits to test your hormones at home. They will give you a lot of information regarding your results also.
This is a good start. More to come.
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