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Can I get pregnant with spotting?

by Jenny
(Orlando, FL)

I'm 32. I've always had a 35-day cycle with no spotting. I became pregnant with my 2.5 yo in the first month.

Nine months ago, after a stressful summer, my cycles suddenly shortened to 28/29 days, with 2-4 days of spotting immediately before AF. And I also started having 10 days of pretty intense breast soreness. (Had a week of mild soreness prior.)

Do you have any thoughts on this? Is there anything I can take to restore my cycle? Or at least stop the spotting?

I'm about to start charting to see if I ovulate. I used OPKs for a week last month & never got a +.

Do you know if women can get pregnant with spotting?

Is this a sign of low progesterone?


Spotting before the menstrual cycle may indicate that the corpus luteum is breaking down too early due to poor progesterone productions or high estrogen levels that drop suddenly causing premature shedding of the uterine lining. It is important to support the endocrine system in maintaining perfect balance between estrogen and progesterone.

Herbal remedies like vitex are effective in helping the body produce progesterone and re-establish regular ovulation cycles. This herb is in many preparation formulas for fertility like FertilAid.

I would recommend seeing your doctor, just to make sure your hormonal levels are normal. Spotting before periods and shortening of the menstrual cycle in women over 30may indicate hormonal imbalance due to estrogen fluctuations and low progesterone. There are other possible reasons for spotting like endometriosis and pelvic infections. Your doctor will be able to make a proper assessment on your specific case.

If low progesterone is the cause, you may find that you are not ovulating regularly at this time.

To properly monitor your cycle, I would recommend using Ovacue instead of OPK.
OPKs are not accurate in women with irregularities and do not confirm ovulation.

Ovacue is a great investment because it is very accurate in measuring the electrolytes in your saliva that correlates to your estrogen levels.

To confirm ovulation you need to use the vaginal sensor in addition to the oral sensor. This determines when your cycle chances from estrogen to progesterone at ovulation, thus confirming ovulation. Ovacue helps you monitor your monthly cycle more closely while trying to get pregnant, telling you if your luteal phase is long enough.

The problem of spotting while trying to conceive is that your luteal phase may be too short. The length of the luteal phase is the number of days from ovulation until your period comes. It should be at least 10 days long without spotting. This time is required for implantation. A short luteal phase puts you at risk of miscarriage. During the luteal phase of the menstrual cycle the hormone progesterone is in charge. If estrogen levels are high, the ration between estrogen and progesterone becomes compromised.

To solve this issue, Vitex can help. It supports the conpus luteum during the luteal phase and also helps increase its length by stimulating adequate progesterone levels.

Fertility Blessings!

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DIM or Maca?
by: Jenny

Would DIM or Maca help with low progesterone?

I have read that I shouldn't take Vitex if I have regular cycles. I do have regular cycles & am ovulating, just not strongly.

My dr wants me to take Clomid & Prometrium.

Would DIM or Maca have a similar effect to the Prometrium?

What can I take or add to my diet that will help my body to make its own progesterone again?

Thank you so much for your help!

Maca and DIM Can Both Help

As far as I know Maca and DIM are safe while on Clomid and prometrium, but you need to double check with your doctor as he or she is the prescribing physician.

I consider Maca and DIM more as fertility foods. Maca is a daily food in Peru and DIM comes from a concentrated source of cruciferous vegetables. The do not contain any hormone in them but they do positively affect the body's hormonal production helping in women suffering from estrogen dominance.

Estrogen dominance is a condition when there is poor production of progesterone due to higher than normal levels of estrogen.

Maca supports progesterone levels to stay high during the second half of the menstrual cycle.DIM helps decrease higher than progesterone levels, which affect ovulation.

Maca has been studied for its ability to balance estrogen, testosterone and progesterone, while nourishing the thyroid gland and the adrenal glands. Maca is infect a great adaptogen helping you deal with excess stress.

If you do not have an imbalance in these areas, Maca will not affect you negatively, it will help your body reach and maintain balance.

DIM is very effective in counterbalance the negative effects of estrogen dominance and thus very useful for women with poor hormonal response during ovulation.

Vitex should not be taken during Clomid or any other fertility drug.

Many Blessings!

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