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cara
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Joined: 11/11/2009

Does having a light menstrual flow mean anything good or bad? And what about the color? I spot for 2 days, have a really light day or two and then I'm done. Should it be longer? And what about the color? I think it should ultimatley be bright red indicating a healthy blood flow.
  Here's something interesting...when I first stopped taking the pill I was also excersing alot...every other day. Just moderate excercise mostly toning stuff and light weights... because I was going on vacation soon and wanted to be in shape. My blood flow was bright red.  Since then, I "try" to exercise but not as much and the last 2 weeks I haven't at all. But noticed my flow was more brownish-red.

kimmi_nashville
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Joined: 08/12/2009

I don't know if the flow or color means anything as far as fertility goes. Mine is red and is heavy for 2 days and then tapers off slowly till day 5 and then it is gone.
But that is a good question!

Astronamus
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Joined: 05/07/2010

Yes, that is a good question! My cycles are typically 33 days long but my periods are short (3-4 days of light to moderate flow). I can't seem to find anything online about how to know if your cycles are annovulatory. I don't want to spend money on ovulation predictor kits at the moment... trying to relax and have fun with TTC. Hopefully our lighter cycles aren't a problem! Smile

ablaze
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Joined: 12/26/2009

Cara, I had the same thing when I was TTC. I was on the pill for 15 years and when I was off for a few months, my periods only lasted 1-2 days!! I was convinced that was the reason I wasn't getting pregnant so I had my gyn check it out. They did an ultrasound and said my uterine lining looked fine for where I was at in my cycle. She did say the length of the cycle didn't matter, but I read somewhere that a light period can be a sign of a thin uterine lining. The month that I got pregnant I had a really long cycle and ovulated on CD 26 so I'm not sure if I was able to conceive because my uterine lining had more time to thicken up with that longer cycle. Anyway, I had been doing acupuncture during that time and she was doing things to help beef up my lining and improve my hormonal balance so that may have helped too. Basically, the way I understood it, was that a short period and light period isn't a bad sign as long as you are regular, but it MIGHT be a sign of a thin uterine lining so it's worth getting an us just to see if you have good insurance.

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Astronamus
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That's an awesome answer, ablaze! This cycle I've had only 2 days of proper flow so I wonder if it is an issue with my lining. At least I am pretty regular (always between 30-35 days). What other things did you or your acupuncturist do to regulate your hormones before you became pregnant?

ablaze
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Joined: 12/26/2009

I was lucky to get pregnant shortly after starting acupuncture. She gave me some dietary suggestions and was going to put me on some herbs that would help balance my hormones. She actually prescribes the herbal blend and then custom orders it. I would recommend seeing a Chinese medicine specialist before starting any herbal regimen because she said a lot of people misuse them and actually make themselves worse. Her needling techniques always focused on bringing me back into balance for my fertility and I was lucky to find her because she specialized in infertility. Unfortunately, we didn't get far enough in to start the herbs so I can't pass along what her recommendations would be on that. I was pregnant in the second month of seeing her and I was going once or twice a week so it was costly but I felt a lot better and I think it might have helped me get my BFP. There is a thread on the TTC boards for acupuncture if you are interested in learning more about it.

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