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anovulatory spotting... again. :P [Jan. 28th, 2010|10:04 am]
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everything I'm reading basically says you have to consider any bleeding (and looking up "spotting" just refers me to bleeding. grr...) that isn't menstruation as potentially fertile. is this true even if a) I've never had spotting with ovulation, and b) when I do have spotting, it's with an anovulatory cycle?

basic run down: I returned to fertility in july after giving bith in november 2008 (I'm still breastfeeding).

in july I ovulated prior to having my first period in early august.

after which I started spotting for several days, starting on day 16 of the "cycle" and ending around day 20. there was never a temperature shift. day 29 started heavier spotting or light bleeding, which I considered a fake period and started a new chart.

this next cycle was a true ovulatory cycle, with a temp shift on day 17 and no spotting. period began day 29.

following month was another anovulatory with spotting and no temp shift. this time it was a shorter "cycle" as I started a new chart when the spotting turned to heavier bleeding on day 23.

next cycle was normal again. and the next two after that. so I thought I was done with the anovulatory cycles and back to normal fertility... until this month.

I've got the same pattern of spotting and no temp shift. I'm currently on day 23, and my 8th day of spotting. my cervix is firm and tightly closed. I *know* I'm probably not going to ovulate this cycle. but I've been unable anywhere to find anything that says it's safe to establish a pattern of anovulatory cycles with spotting (I have both TCOYF and "the art of natural family planning"). everything just says you can determine if it's anovulatory by taking temps (in which case, I would have to wait until everything ended and I established a true dry day, or until my "period" starts) or doesn't address the issue at all.

my real question is, would you consider this "safe" based on my previous patterns? or should I just wait it out?

[User Picture]From: claddagh
2010-01-28 04:40 pm (UTC)
No, I wouldn't consider it "safe". All that spotting to me is your hormone levels trying to adjust and you don't know when they will.

The "safe" rule is that all spotting is fertile. It isn't because it always is, but rather because it is risky.

So, the real question is how safe do you need it to be?
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[User Picture]From: tlew12778
2010-01-28 04:52 pm (UTC)
I wouldn't consider it safe either. But then again, I am very adverse to getting PG anytime soon so as the PP said, it really depends on how safe you need to be.
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[User Picture]From: buenafortuna
2010-01-28 11:56 pm (UTC)
I have no idea, but I'm going to add in here that I'm getting really impatient waiting to hear when you're next expecting. :)
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[User Picture]From: schneckerock
2010-01-29 04:54 am (UTC)
chris says this isn't the encouragement we were looking for ;)
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[User Picture]From: schneckerock
2010-01-29 04:54 am (UTC)
also, you're 3 behind me, so...
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