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.