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I've been TTC for 5 months now, and since going off the pill, my cycles have been around 20 days on average (Super short!). This cycle is now on day 25, but I've been spotting with slight hints of red for over a week, though it's so light that a thin panty liner can last me all day. I'm now on cycle day 25, which is further than I've ever made it before without getting a period, at least over the last 4 months. But today there's a lot more red in the flow, though it usually only shows up when wiping or when doing a CM check, and it's still such a light flow that I've experienced more blood loss from a paper cut. I was hoping this was the month that I could actually make it far enough to do a pregnancy test, but with this light bleeding/spotting, I'm wondering if I already have my answer -- a negative.
So I have two questions: with red flow, even if it's so light that almost nothing is happening, is this day one of my next cycle? If not, is it worth doing a pregnancy test?
Well, I usually make myself just wait till I am 4 days late. And you seem to fit that. Now whether or not I would call that a period..hmmm Idk. I could be maybe either wait and find out if your flow gets heavier or take a test.
Sorry I couldn't be of more help.
I'm a horrible POAS addict, so I'd take a test (of course, I always buy those internet cheapies so I have a bazillion hanging out in our bathroom cupboard). No harm in testing, other than the $ it costs.
It took my periods over a year to regulate after I stopped taking the pill - my first son was finally conceived 14 months after I stopped the pill. It was very frustrating (I haven't taken hormonal birth control since that point in time, because my body takes a long time to recover from it).
I hope you get a BFP soon!
Leah, Mom to Matthew (12/22/05) and Nolan (08/27/07)
My chart: My Ovulation Chart September 27, 2012: 5 weeks, 4 days. November 20, 2012: Ruptured ectopic.