Post # 1
This is our first month of TTC. I have not tracked my ovulation yet, but we were having intercourse every other day or everyday. Anyways, back story is, my cycle is usually 30 days and has been this way for many, many months. I am still one week away from getting my period when all of a sudden, i started cramping in my back yesterday. These are symptoms that I always experience with my period but I was confused since well, this would be a week early. And today, It definitely seems like I have my period as now I am bleeding. I am uber confused because if anything I thought that I would not even have my period this month, let alone get it a week early, when this has not happened to me before. It has been a stressful month but I thought that usually delays getting your period. I also read up that spotting can be common, but my pain seems exactly like my typical PMS symptoms. Anyone else out there ever experience this?
Post # 2
Stress can do a lot and most women who are not on bc do not have perfect 28 day cycles. I’d chalk it up to stress. You just had a short cycle; it happens 😉
Also, if you’re coming of bc, that can do wacky things to your cycle for quite some time.
Post # 3
i had 28 days cycles while on the pill and continued with 28 days cycles for the 4 months after i stopped the pill. as soon as I started TTC, my cycles started varying. from 23-30 days.
Post # 4
Thanks Ladies! I should add that I have been off of birth control now for 2 years
Post # 5
Is your bleeding your normal flow for a period? If so, yeah, wacky cycles happen sometimes, especially with TTC and the stress and excitement of starting that. You likely just ovulated early. If it’s much lighter than normal though (spotting – where you maybe only need a panty liner, not soaking a pad or tampon), I wouldn’t call it your period yet. There are lots of reasons for mid-cycle spotting (including implantation bleeding, which I experienced with my BFP). Not trying to get your hopes up, just saying any kind of bleeding does not necessarily = AF.
Post # 6
TTC play havoc majorly – as calm as you may think you are your body knows differently 🙂 it’s quite common (especially around here when we are all so open about our cycles) to read ” my cycles are crazy” if it helps to know I had textbook cycles until TTC (27-28 days) then the first few months TTC I had long and short cycles (23 -34 days at times) got them all under control at about 7-8 months TTC and as soon as we started seeing a FS in May this year (cycle 16) my cycles have been insane every single month since (I even had an anovulatory cycle a few months ago which has never happened in 25 months of charting prior).
Unfortunately it is just something you have to always be prepared for – I carry tampons and pads everywhere just in case all month now which is annoy because before I could pinpoint nearly to the hour when it would start haha. Hopefully you won’t have quite as long as me to over analyse all your cycles and realise how normal it is to be crazy haha
Post # 7
I agree with other PPs, probably just stress. Unfortornately, TTC seems to be able to do a number on our cycles. Last year, I had one cycle that was only 20 days (right before TTC) and just recently AF was 5 days late if I went by my normal 27-28 day cycle. Good luck TTC, it can be really stressful and I hope it doesn’t take you long to get KU!
Post # 8
Its like an unwritten rule: as soon as a woman begins to TTC, her cycles go wonky. I think for some it may be that they experienced cycle variations before but just didn’t notice. Once TTCing, the vigilance causes increased awareness. Not saying that’s the case for you OP, just a general observation.
In your case, I think it could be the stress or (not to get your hopes up but…), could it be implantation bleeding? Is your flow normal? I had IB with my first pregnancy and initially thought it was AF. It was only once I got my bfp that I realized what it was.