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    Spotting only on my period - Trying to conceive - Please help...
    samced1985 posted:
    I am 27 years old and have always had a very irregular period. I have tried to take Femaprin to try to regulate it as I have been considering try to conceive with my partner. I started to get my period every month however, its so light that I only get a light pink spot when I use the bathroom and wipe with tissue for about 5 days and then it is gone. It doesnt even show on my pad or anything. Do you think there is something wrong? Can you give me any information. I try to do things as naturally as possible so I would like any information you can give me. Can I still get pregnant???
    Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP responded:
    Dear samced: The ingredients of Femaprin include vitamin B6 and Vitex/chasteberry. A literature search at the National Library of Medicine site did not find studies about Femaprin. When a search is done for the active ingredient there were two studies. One did not show a statistical improvement, this more current study did:

    Clin Exp Obstet Gynecol. 2006;33(4):205-8.
    Double-blind, placebo-controlled study of Fertilityblend: a nutritional supplement for improving fertility in women.
    Westphal LM, Polan ML, Trant AS.

    Department of Gynecology/Obstetrics, Stanford University School of Medicine, Stanford, CA 94305, USA.

    To determine the impact of nutritional supplementation on female fertility.

    A double blind, placebo-controlled study of the effects of FertilityBlend for Women, a proprietary nutritional supplement containing chasteberry, green tea, L-arginine, vitamins (including folate) and minerals, on progesterone level, basal body temperature, menstrual cycle length, pregnancy rate and side-effects.

    Ninety-three (93) women, aged 24-42 years, who had tried unsuccessfully to conceive for six to 36 months, completed the study. After three months, the FertilityBlend (FB) group (N = 53) demonstrated a trend toward increased mean mid-luteal progesterone (P(ml)), but among women with basal pretreatment P(ml) < 9 ng/ml, the increase in progesterone was highly significant. The average number of days with luteal-phase basal temperatures over 98 degrees F increased significantly in the FB group. Both short and long cycles (< 27 days or > 32 days pretreatment) were normalized in the FB group. The placebo group (N = 40) did not show any significant changes in these parameters. After three months, 14 of the 53 women in the FB group were pregnant (26%) compared to four of the 40 women in the placebo group (10%; p = 0.01). Three additional women conceived after six months on FB (32%). No significant side-effects were noted.

    Nutritional supplements could provide an alternative or adjunct to conventional fertility therapies

    Samced, you mentioned a history of irregular periods which now have become just very light spotting. Once pregnancy is ruled out there are several POSSIBLE explanations for a "too-light" flow" in a woman not using hormonal forms of birth control:

    1. Lowered estrogen levels--this is more likely to be the case in a woman around the time of menopause.

    2. Elevated prolactin levels---prolactin is produced from the pituitary gland. Levels can be elevated from a benign pituitary adenoma or from certain psychiatric medications.

    3. Missed ovulations--with a missed ovulation the lining of the uterus does not shed all at once. This can result in a missed flow, a too-light flow (just part of the top layer is shed), or even prolonged/erratic flows.

    Both reasons number 2 and 3 can also be linked to a history of irregular periods. You could certainly choose to try conceiving with this supplement. If you have not conceived within six months I would really urge you to see a GYN. Some basic blood tests could you you a much more accurate answer as to to the cause of your too light flows--and your fertility.

    Hope you are able to conceive when you wish.

    LadyAma replied to Jane Harrison Hohner, RN, RNP's response:
    I'm 30 years old and stopped taking birth control (Ortho Tricycle, not "lo") about 10 months ago; I was on that for 3 years. My cycle prior to BC was VERY regular or at least consistent — 6 to 7 days, cramping the first day, heavier bleeding the first 2 days and 30 day cycles. The 2nd month after stopping the birth control my cycle was about 28 days and the bleeding was relatively light; I had a 3 day period. As the months continued, my cycle became shorter, coming every 24-26 days and the bleeding even lighter, having 1 to 2 day periods. Now in my most recent cycle, I began cramping on day 21 with only noticeable traces of blood when I wipe after using the bathroom, but not period flow. On day 22, I had traces of blood in my underwear but very little. On day 23, I passed 3 small clots when urinating, but still not blood flow. I have had all of the normal symptoms that I see before my period comes: swelling of breasts (that's been very normal for me every cycle since I was 13), increased appetite the week before, etc, but there is no blood flow. Is my body not responding to stopping the birth control? Have my hormones not restored a normal balance? What could be going on? Thank you for any help.

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