- 5 years ago
Let me start off by saying that my menstrual cycle is not normal by ANY means, but I thought it was starting to work itself out. My period has always been all over the place unless I’m on birth control, but for the last 4 months, it seems to come right in that same 30-35 day time frame and I thought I was finally balancing out. But, this period came late, and like most times when it has come late, I’m having severe cramping in my stomach and lower back and passing large clots (sorry – TMI).
I’m not TTC, and I don’t think I had a chemical pregnancy, but I was just curious if any of you TTC’ers saw a definite difference between a chemical pregnancy miscarriage vs your normal menstrual cycle?
A few weeks ago, if you had asked me, I thought for sure I was pregnant. (I’m also a slight hypochondriac, so take this with a grain of salt) I had brief pink spotting that quickly turned to tan and vanished for several weeks. I also experience several nights of rapid heart beat which I’ve read can be associated with implantation/pregnancy or ovulation. Since this was inconclusive, I held out as long as I coul, and took a test. The test looked negative to me, so I just sat and waited it out for my period to show. Fast forward to now, I’ve finally gotten my period about three weeks later.
I have a family history of fertility issues, and after the wedding (75 days) I plan on finding a much better GYN doctor who will help me take control of my cycle and fertility so when FI and I are ready to really commit to TTC, we’ll be more prepared. But, in the mean time, I’m trying to gather as much information as possible and learn as much about my own cycle as possible so I can have a list of questions and concerns prepared for when I find a doctor who’s actually able to work with me.
A little side story — Two years ago after steadily taking name-brand Yaz for over a year with wonderful results (better mood, better libido, controlled hormones, no breakouts, and most importantly regular, light periods) I thought I would try the generic version since it was cheaper. After three months of irregular spotting, I bled for several weeks with severe cramping that brought me to tears. When I went to my current GYN she did a full blood work up, told me I probably had cysts, sent me to get and ultrasound and never followed up. And, when I expressed my concern about painful intimacy (not just during my current pain, in general) her response was simply “don’t have sex”. Gee, thanks. I haven’t been on birth control since.
Anyways, this is getting long. My point is – I was wondering if anyone was aware of a chemical pregnancy/miscarriage they had and did they experience different symptoms than a normal period? Since this is the first late period I’ve had in several months, I’m just trying to determine if I should note this as a heavy period, or possible chemical pregnancy.