I've um'd and arghed about writing this post for a while, but I see so many posts about pre-period spotting and luteal phase defects and it makes me so mad that this isn't an area understood or treated. Sorry for the essay!
My journey began over 4 years ago. I came off the pill and immediately began experiencing spotting about 3 days before my period. I thought this was just my body adapting to coming off the pill. And anyway, it was great as it was a sign my period was coming and I never got "caught out". We began trying. I was 31, fit and healthy with a very good diet. It would be easy, right? After only a few months of trying I started to worry. Why hadn't it happened yet? It was then I became concerned about the spotting. It was also at this time that the spotting began 5 days before my period.
I did all of the usual ovulation checking, ovulation sticks, CM tracking, temperature charting. My luteal phase was 15 days, with spotting starting from 10dpo.
We went to my GP and I said I thought I needed a progesterone supplement to help me get pregnant. My GP, whilst sympathetic, had to refer me to the fertility clinic. Cue all of the usual tests. These all came back fine. I was diagnosed as unexplained. One doctor even suggested my spotting would go if I gained some weight! My spotting actually increased when I did this. I was now spotting from 5dpo, 10 days pre-period.
At one of my appointments I demanded my spotting be looked into. Instead, I was thrown a prescription for provera. Not really understanding, I got the provera and tried it. First month, bfp followed by immediate chemical. The provera was the wrong type of progesterone and nowhere near strong enough.
I asked my GP for a second NHS opinion while simultaneously seeking a private opinion. The private clinic advised that it sounded like my progesterone levels were dropping throughout my luteal phase, but only scans and regular blood tests would prove this. NHS wanted to re-run some tests, but interestingly not my progesterone levels.
After crying in my last NHS appointment, the senior consultant decided to prescribe me with Cyclogest as I'd had a chemical on a very low dose of progesterone 6 months previously. I suspect some of this was just to shut me up and get me out as my appointment had already taken 2 hours!
First month, no spotting, bfn, heavy period. Second month, tiny amount of spotting 7dpo, none after, bfp. My little girl is 15 weeks old tomorrow. After a year of asking for progesterone I got it and it did what I suspected.
I had tried all of the supplements and nothing helped my spotting. If you feel that there is a problem and that you are not being listened to, keep pushing. Not enough is known about luteal phase defects yet they can be easily, and inexpensively, treated. Good luck to everyone on here, I hope you all get your miracle babies, be them your own, through a donor or surrogate, or through adoption. Keep on fighting!