How long did it take for your cycles to get back to normal after a miscarriage?
I had a natural miscarriage 7+5 in August and my first AF arrived 5 October but I'm waiting (impatiently!) for my next AF. Had hoped to start short protocol in December but this isn't going to happen now :( as clinic will be on holiday.
2 years ago I lost my precious baby Ben who was stillborn at 41 weeks gestation. It took 16 weeks for my first AF to arrive but I'd also been seriously ill. 2nd AF was 6 weeks and then they were monthly after that. I expected my cycles to be erratic after a full term baby but not after an early miscarriage.
Feeling frustrated, just want to get on with next treatment cycle as I am 39 and feel that time is running out.
So sad and sorry to read your story both regarding Ben (how unimaginably devastating) and your more recent miscarriage.
To answer your question I seem to recall my AFs came back pretty much spot on at 28 days in the months following my mc (well post my D&C anyways). Which in fact they had never been before as I had always had a short cycle previously. So, this doesn't really help answer your question I know. I do remember that for 3-4 months afterwards when I did get my AFs that I carried on having mc-type cramping too and my GP said that was only to be expected as my body had been through alot and it takes time to get back to normal. So that is the only thing I'd say to you too really, altho' you probably have already thought that! Frustrating though isn't it when you are just wanting to get on with your next go but on the bright side at least you can have a more relaxing Christmas and start afresh in the new year.
All the very best.
I remember getting strong AF type cramps during my first few cycles after having Ben, but they've been really mild his time around. Hardly noticeable in fact.
It's very weird. About 3 or 4 weeks ago I was getting a dull ache, on my lower left side. This usually signals that my AF is coming - the ache can appear between 1 and 10 days prior to AF. Although, I also experience it during my 2ww with IVF. (2 BFNs, 1 BFP but miscarried) Funnily, I've only experienced the ache since Ben, but they do say your periods can change after childbirth. Anyway, the ache stopped about 10 days ago. I was pretty certain I had my usual ovulation pain around the 20th of October but I didn't track my cycle this month so can't be sure.
I also had a nasty cold mid October (I didn't have a temperature) but a cold has never made my cycle this late before.
Perhaps it's just stress. I have been very upset around Ben's anniversary which was on 27th October. Also discovered around this time a possible cause of Ben's death (there's a good chance I had Obstetric Cholestasis that went undiagnosed by my GP and midwife). So this information came as quite a nasty shock especially as it is normal to be induced at 37 or 38 weeks with OC in order to prevent stillbirth. Needless to say I will be seeking legal advice on this matter.
Grrrrrr... AF please come so I know where I am! This is doing my head in.
Have you had your period yet ? how are you feeling ?
I started bleeding heavily last night with very strong pains, it was bad enough so went to the hospital. Everyone there was sooo nice to me that I must say I am impressed. The nurse gave me strong painkillers while I waited for the doctor and then the doctor had a look and extracted something from the neck of my womb which she thought were the sac and embryo. Now I feel sore but relieved. Had a scan this morning and the doctor confirmed it all came out now.
I am also 39 and sometimes I get worried about it too but I have read so many histories about women having babies in the 40's that I think there is still time. And we are doing the best we can, that is what matters.
Hope you're feeling better (in the physical sense if you know what I mean). The emotional side will take much longer to heal.
TMI warning: When I miscarried in August, a hard bean-like lump flew across the bathroom floor as I wiped. I think it might have been the solidified egg sac. Just never expected to see anything. I too had cramps but they only lasted a few hours.
Still no sign of my period. It's really odd. I reckon I've somehow missed a bleed this month and my period will arrive 8 weeks (ish) after the one I had 5th October.
Feeling frustrated by it all. Originally we were going to try the short protocol in December but I wanted my body to be ready first.
To make matters even more complicated, I am a poor responder due to low ovarian reserve. My clinic isn't interested in AMH tests so have no idea what this number would be but I'm known to have a low antral follicle count. The maximum number of follies I've ever had was 3. We've never cancelled a cycle and out of the 4 cycles (all of which made it to embryo transfer) I have become pregnant twice both during cycles when I had just the one embryo. Amazingly, we have a single frostie too.
Obviously, I am keen to get going asap but want to make sure that my body is ready too. It's too risky to chance our luck before my body is ready as there is a chance that I may not respond at all to the drugs. Looks like it will be January now. :(
Carol, AF arrived for me 8 weeks after my last mc and the doc thinks that my body just reset after 4 weeks without having a bleed.
I still think of you often - I remember cycling with you last year. We wanted to do a fresh cycle before the end of the year, but AF threw a spanner in the works. Luckily, we had some frosties and although one didn't survive the thaw, we had one transferred on Saturday. I must say, the lab technician didn't look very hopeful, so it looks as though I may be cycling with you again in the new year.
I hope you're well. I still think of you and Ben often - your story has had a profound effect on me and made me realise the strength of the human heart.
I hope AF has arrived and you're well under way with your next cycle.
It's my second AF since my miscarriage that is late as opposed to the first cycle which was 6 weeks.
Perhaps this is what would have happened after I gave birth to Ben. Trouble is I was seriously ill weeks after and my first AF took 16 weeks to show!
Unfortunately my AF still hasn't turned up. :( Starting to wonder if I'm experiencing a phantom pregnancy or something. Having quite a lot of CM (sorry if TMI) which I had with my pregnancy with Ben. I've done several HPTs so my brain knows I'm not pregnant.
Because of the clinic shutdown period over Christmas, it will now suit me if AF doesn't arrive for a week or two. Knowing my luck she will probably arrive tomorrow now! grrrrr... Typical!
I'm starting to think AF is truly evil. She routinely arrives month after month right on schedule (or maybe a day late just to get your hopes up) when you're TTC, but when you actually WANT her to come, she goes into hiding.
My sister-in-law does reflexology on my feet when I'm late. Don't know if it's the extreme pain she puts me through or if AF is due anyway, but it hasn't failed yet. As you say though - with Christmas looming, maybe AF SHOULD stay away for a week or so, so you can enjoy a drink or 4 over the festive season.
Oh well, at least I now know where I stand. Not certain when we'll be able to start our next cycle, though, We're going to try the short (antagonist) protocol as I get horrible depression when I down regulate.
We're hoping to start ICSI again in January but it could be February if next AF is 'early' and following one is 'late'.
Thanks for all your messages. Sel you are right in that AF is evil, I've lost count the number of times my treatment has been delayed because she's not arrived on time.
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