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trying to conceive, light /spotty period
An_248019 posted:
I am 29 years old and my husband and I have been trying to conceive for 8 months. My last two menstrual cycles have consisted of very light spotting, primarily pinkish/brown only when wiping. Never requiring a pad or tampon. I tend to have light periods, but this light is atypical. Last month I used ovulation test strips and had a positive test on 9/9/12, with light spotting starting on 9/19/12. Each month I have taken pregnancy tests thinking (and hoping) that the light spotting may be a sign of implantation bleeding, but they have all been negative. I am starting to get concerned that there is something more going on. I have contacted my local Ob/gyn who recommended I make an appointment, but unfortunately no openings were available for 6 weeks. Also, I previously had my thyroid tested, and those lab values came back normal. My mother went through menopause at 55, so I am hoping that I am not at increased risk of early menopause.
Any help is much appreciated!!!
LoisaMay responded:

I am not a physician, but you may want to schedule an appointment sooner, if you can, with your primary healthcare provider (family practice, etc.) to make sure nothing is going on that requires more urgent attention. So you started menstruating on the 19th... today is the 27th, so that's been about a week. I would try taking another home pregnancy test if you haven't taken one since about a week ago. I say to do this because light spotting and low pregnancy hormone levels can also be a sign of threatened miscarriage or ecoptic pregnancy (not to scare you - it could very well not be these things). Best to get yourself checked right away (definitely sooner than 6 weeks).

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