I had this whole post written for today explaining that I had some spotting on Friday, but that I still had some hope for today’s beta test. It was all scheduled and ready to go. I was hoping it was implantation spotting that I was experiencing, and after several people said “Yes! I had it and was very much pregnant!” I thought, “hmm… maybe!” The timing looked so good…
But then Saturday happened.
I woke up and just knew… it was going to be cycle day 1. I didn’t feel as hot as I had the past few days… some of the symptoms I had been experiencing daily since the trigger shot had completely vanished. The “girls” no longer hurt, which is usually the #1 sign that a new cycle is starting. I just felt different. And I knew.
Three hours later, I started full on bleeding.
Cue the ugly cry in the bathroom. Cue the shock of the shortest luteal phase I’ve ever had on an ovulatory cycle. Cue the cramps that felt like my uterus was being clawed out by Satan himself.
Saturday marked 10dpIUI… which means 10-11dpo… and 12 days past trigger. My progesterone level was 22. It was perfect. I just don’t get it. It didn’t suggest an issue, and it definitely didn’t prepare me for a short luteal phase. I couldn’t believe that I didn’t even make it to a beta before bleeding. I shouldn’t have started bleeding until this coming Wednesday at least. It just seemed so bizarre… it definitely shocked me big time.
Just to be sure that this is 100% a new cycle, we’re moving forward with a beta today (12dpIUI or CD3). I started progesterone on Saturday. My doctor made a good point: what if this was a multiples pregnancy and one was passing? I never would have thought of that to be a possibility, but since we had 3 mature follicles and an IUI, why not check? It can’t hurt anything. Might as well be sure.
And if not… Follistim Cycle #3 starts now.