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brown discharge after embryo transfer

I just had my 1st IVF cycle.  During Egg retrieval I started to bleed.  In fact they had to insert a pack to stop the bleeding.  I had 1 blastocyst Embryo transferred back 8 days ago.  Last Friday (around 6 days past transfer) I started to notice a brown discharge and it keeps getting heavier.  By heavier I mean I get to change around two to three panty liners a day so it's not heavy enough for me to wear a pad.  At times cramping is also very bad.  The symptoms are exactly the same as when I am about to get my periods.  It seems that discharge and cramping are worse shortly after I insert the progesterone pessaries.  I am currently on Utrogestan 200mg (twice daily).

Has anyone experienced something similar and still got pregnant?  My husband thinks that this is old blood from the egg retrieval that is coming out now but I sincerely don't think so.  I feel sorry for him because I realized how badly he really wants this.  I am so depressed.  
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961574 tn?1520648103
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Don't get depressed, yet. Your husband is right.  Brown blood is old blood.  You could be having implantion spotting. I did.  It lasted 2 1/2 days.  It was brown,usually when I used the restroom.  The cramping could be the embryo burying into your uterus.  I have seen every symptom on here get a bfp, and I have seen many with 0 symptoms (me included) get a bfp.   Hang in there!!! When is your blood test?
400358 tn?1320234443
I also agree that the brown blood is old blood it might be from the retrieval.  Some of the cramping also may be from the retrieval but could also be from implantation.  Good luck!!
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Thanks to both for words of encouragement.

My blood test is scheduled for this coming Friday (3rd May).  I totally freaked out because everytime I went to the restroom to empty my bladder a lot of brown discharge was coming out.  Today it's the fourth day and I still have brown discharge coming out and I have no idea how long implantation should last.  But thinking about it, even though I had some bleeding during the egg retrieval procedure, when I went back home I only had some spotting which lasted a few hours.  If I bled as much as the clinic said that I have, I would have expected more blood to come out after the procedure.

The cramping is much better today though.  
961574 tn?1520648103
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Hopefully, you will get fantastic news on Friday!!!  Please let us know how it goes.  I know how stressful it is.  
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I can tell you right now that I got a BFN.  I got a full flow period yesterday and I don't understand how this could have happened because I was on progesterone medication and I was under the impression that I would get my period once I stopped them.  I decided to test anyway this morning but obviously the result was not good.  I am very devastated to say the least.

Thanks for the thought
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Hi - I am in the same boat :'(.

Did IVF#1 in April. Yesterday was 11dp3dt, 2 perfect 8 cell embies, started bleeding clots at 9dp3dt and lost all hope. Yesterday my beta came back @24 and doc thinks i am having a miscarriage...Sob! Sob!

I need to go back for beta again tomorrow and am just very worried. I dont know how my embies can survive with so much of bloodshed...really really worried :(
961574 tn?1520648103
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I am sorry you 2 are having to go through this.  After struggling for many years, I completely understand how gut wrenching this is.  I pray you both get your miracle.  This whole process stinks!!!!!
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utopiajoy  I am really sorry about your miscarriage.  I only had one embryo transferred and I don't think it even made it to implantation stage.  I had a very rough time with the egg retrieval as I was bleeding so maybe my body was just not up to it.

mhv  thanks for your words of encouragement.  I am so depressed because this process is so unfair.  Not only people like us have to deal with the tough reality of infertility but the only process that gives us hope costs a lot of money and it may still not work.  You invest so much time, money and energy in it that it is just unbelievable when you see the BFN result.  I will just have to pick up the pieces and get ready for a frozen cycle this time.  I had five extra embies which made it to blastocyst and freezing.
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i'm day 12 post transfer of 3 embryos (day 3 transfer) and i've noticed brown discharge.  It is only noticeable when I wipe.  I'm 2 days off test day and not sure if I should be worrying
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Hopeful don't give up.  After I wrote this post which is over a year ago, I found out it was a bfn.  From that cycle we had 5 frosties and had our first fet in March 2014.  I am now 25 weeks pregnant.  We decided to have only one embryo transferred and I started spotting and cramping badly a week after transfer just like I had after my fresh cycle.  I was convinced it had not worked but when I tested, I was shocked to find that it was a bfp.  I spent two whole weeks spotting and even had two episodes of fresh blood.  What you are mentioning could be implantation bleeding.

Best of luck.  Will keep my fingers crossed for you.  
961574 tn?1520648103
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Congrats on your pregnancy!!!  I am so glad you were successful!  :)

961574 tn?1520648103
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Hoping you get awesome news!!!  
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Thanks for the well wishes.  To be honest it's still difficult to believe that my FET cycle worked:).  
1985863 tn?1327761216
I am 9dp3dt and have been having negative hpt until this am, got a faint positive line and also started brown/black spotting yesterday turned to light flow but color went red bleeding today and passed a clot this am-hoping it was just pooling from sleeping. transferred 2 8cell 5% frag.  hoping atleast 1 sticks xxx  waiting on first beta and progest and estro call now.
1985863 tn?1327761216
62.5 beta which is good for few day early but progesterone is only 4.3 and estrogen is 46.2 so maybe a miscarriage. :(. Be tomorrow for levels.  No tubes so doubt ectopic .
1985863 tn?1327761216
62.5 beta which is good for few day early but progesterone is only 4.3 and estrogen is 46.2 so maybe a miscarriage. :(. Be tomorrow for levels.  No tubes so doubt ectopic .
1985863 tn?1327761216
Update for anyone going through hell like I did and am now or in the future. 2nd beta came bAck great hcg 175 progesterone 20.5 woohoo and estrogen 204 we carry on cautiously optimistic for sat bw 3 days from now. Cramping started bleeding stopped and bb not to sore yet. 1 cc pio and crinone am/pm minivelle e patch every other day.
5837857 tn?1411577085
congratulations to you! :)
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