Freaky Bleeding

I’m have been approaching my upcoming IVF with a sense of calm and am making sure that I don’t allow myself get bogged down by it all.  BUT.  I started having some feelings of anxiety creep in this week, not cos I’m freaked out about the procedure itself but because at this stage of the game with only 7 days left of birth control pills left to take, I am still bleeding from my last cycle and when I started the pill in the first place.  I’ve never had a break through bleed while on the pill.  Never.

So considering that I was on CD 13 on Monday and still bleeding (not heavy at all – more like medium spotting – but red and enough to warrant use of a tampon) I sent my FS an email asking him if this was normal and wondering (cos you all know that I’m a qualified FS right? [not!]) if I needed to head in for a scan and bloods to check what my ever weird body was doing.  I would hate for this to delay the cycle now that we’ve decided to move ahead, blah blah fish paste…

This is what he mailed in response:

The breakthrough bleeding that you are currently experiencing is not a matter of concern. It is quite common,  30% of patients going onto the pill in preparation for ART will experience varying degrees of breakthrough bleeding, especially the PCO patients. The issue is to ignore it and continue taking the pill. If the bleeding persists throughout the packet we shall scan on the 2nd day after having finished the pill.”

So it seems that it’s all above board and that the anxiety I had started to allow myself to feel was all for naught anyway.  I’ve decided to not let it bother me (it is irritating though, I mean come on 15 days of bleeding?  Just bugger off already AF and come back again when you’re supposed to for gosh sakes!) and just take it one day at a time all the while merrily popping my little white birth control pill and doing my utmost to maintain the feeling of Zen that I’ve got going on… *in with the good, out with the bad, in with the good, out with the bad*

It’ll be interesting to see how long it lasts.


10 thoughts on “Freaky Bleeding

  1. I had breakthrough on my 1st IVF. Now in my 3rd, I had a full blow AF during the first few days of stims! I about had a coronary. Different protocol though and not uncommon, per doc. Both were not reasons for concern.

    Hah!! a breeze blowing the wrong way during an IVF cycle is cause for concern!

    Hang in there. I will be thinking of you.


  2. Oh dear that’s awful. My 1st month on the pill I bled the WHOLE month, every single day. The second month is a lot better. Hope your IVF brings you your dream hon. Thinking of you and keeping you in my prayers constantly.


  3. oops pressed enter before I was finished or spell checked. I was also told not to worry about the bleeding and it all was OK after a while, these unexpected little suprises also seem to be thrown in just to keep you on your toes. Good Luck for your up coming IVF.


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