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Ibuprofen for implantation cramps?

So I was 5 days late for AF and thought I was starting today because I was cramping like mad and started to spot a little, but I was cramping like I usually do for a major flow, but I've still only had a little pink spotting and some brownish discharge. I took some ibuprofen for the cramps because I thought I was safely back in the no-baby zone, but now I worry that it might have been implantation cramps/bleeding. If it was implantation, would the ibuprofen (I took 5!) cause an issue?

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  • 5 ibuprofen definitely doesn't seem like a good idea anyway.  Have you been charting to see if you're actually late?  If you have been, and you are in the 17-18 dpo range, it seems really late for implantation cramps since implantation takes place around 6-9 dpo.  If you're TTC, I'd avoid ibuprofen period -- Tylenol is much safer. 

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  • First off, taking 5 is not good for you when you aren't pregnant.  You should not take any more than 800mg every 8 hours when you aren't pregnant and better not take it at all if you are.  Tylenol is the best option.  Ibuprofen isn't good but it is worse to take it later in pregnancy.  For your liver's sake drink a lot of water!!!!

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  • I have an app that was keeping track of ovulation and fertile days and my cycle for me, so according to that I was definitely late. I just stopped bc in December and I've read on other posts that it takes some people a while to adjust with regular cycles after bc, even though last cycle was right to the day.
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  • although if I ovulated later than I was supposed to (according to the first day of my last cycle) then, there could definitely be a chance.
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  • If you're not temping, you can't be sure.
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  • Most of those apps are extremely unreliable. Unless you are temping, checking CM, using OPKs, etc., there is NO way for one of those apps to tell you anything of any value. Sign up for fertility friend and start temping. 

    And ditto PPs comments - don't take more than 800mg Ibuprofen at any given time, and even that should be in moderation. 

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    I have an app that was keeping track of ovulation and fertile days and my cycle for me, so according to that I was definitely late. I just stopped bc in December and I've read on other posts that it takes some people a while to adjust with regular cycles after bc, even though last cycle was right to the day.

    Unless you are temping/charting, the app isn't going to be accurate.  Those kinds of apps guestimate based on your cycle length but your O can change every cycle.  Temping is the best way to tell for sure.  Without temping, there's really no way of telling what is going on.

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  • Those apps are based on wide assumptions that are not true for a very large number of women.  If you are just coming off BC, there is no way to know when or even if you ovulated.  If you really want to get a handle on your cycle try signing up for Fertility Friend and taking the free courses.  You can get there by clicking on the ticker in my signature.  I highly recommend charting your temperature to help figure out when you ovulate.  
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  • That being said, I highly doubt that it's implantation bleeding.  It's super late in your cycle.  The reality is that when we're TTC, we notice a zillion symptoms a lot earlier at the end of the cycle--hoping that they're preggo symptoms when they're really just from AF.  You could be a few days early, meaning you're spotting now and AF is about to hit.  The exact thing happened to me last cycle--I probably wouldn't have even noticed the spotting if I wasn't TTC.  I don't mean to rain on your parade, but you're probably just experiencing some PMS.

    Also, as others stated, try to stay away from advil/ibuprofen and all other NSAIDs (aleve/naproxen, too) if you're TTC--they can cause problems in creating a good uterine lining, therefore leading to implantation problems.  There's a supposed link in no ovulation, too.  Go for tylenol instead.

    You're not out of it until AF shows her true face, but I wouldn't get your hopes up too high.  Sorry, hun. 

    EDIT:  Because I'm an idiot, and I'm the one who wasn't reading right.  Sorry folks! 

  • Mostly I was worried about if the ibuprofen would affect a newly implanted embryo... more so than if it is possible that I could be pg. I know I shouldn't take advil if I'm pregnant, but I didn't know if anything would be affected this early on.

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    Where does it say she took 5?  Seriously, people--read OP's post!

    That being said, I highly doubt that it's implantation bleeding.  It's super late in your cycle.  The reality is that when we're TTC, we notice a zillion symptoms a lot earlier at the end of the cycle--hoping that they're preggo symptoms when they're really just from AF.  You could be a few days early, meaning you're spotting now and AF is about to hit.  The exact thing happened to me last cycle--I probably wouldn't have even noticed the spotting if I wasn't TTC.  I don't mean to rain on your parade, but you're probably just experiencing some PMS.

    Also, as others stated, try to stay away from advil/ibuprofen and all other NSAIDs (aleve/naproxen, too) if you're TTC--they can cause problems in creating a good uterine lining, therefore leading to implantation problems.  There's a supposed link in no ovulation, too.  Go for tylenol instead.

    You're not out of it until AF shows her true face, but I wouldn't get your hopes up too high.  Sorry, hun. 

    Sorry but if you read the paragraph, the last sentence states she took 5.  I have copied and pasted it below.  Read OP's post please.  Seriously

    ...would the ibuprofen (I took 5!) cause an issue?

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    So I was 5 days late for AF and thought I was starting today because I was cramping like mad and started to spot a little, but I was cramping like I usually do for a major flow, but I've still only had a little pink spotting and some brownish discharge. I took some ibuprofen for the cramps because I thought I was safely back in the no-baby zone, but now I worry that it might have been implantation cramps/bleeding. If it was implantation, would the ibuprofen (I took 5!) cause an issue?

    I believe this is where she states that she took 5.

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    image UrbanLe1:

    Where does it say she took 5?  Seriously, people--read OP's post!

    That being said, I highly doubt that it's implantation bleeding.  It's super late in your cycle.  The reality is that when we're TTC, we notice a zillion symptoms a lot earlier at the end of the cycle--hoping that they're preggo symptoms when they're really just from AF.  You could be a few days early, meaning you're spotting now and AF is about to hit.  The exact thing happened to me last cycle--I probably wouldn't have even noticed the spotting if I wasn't TTC.  I don't mean to rain on your parade, but you're probably just experiencing some PMS.

    Also, as others stated, try to stay away from advil/ibuprofen and all other NSAIDs (aleve/naproxen, too) if you're TTC--they can cause problems in creating a good uterine lining, therefore leading to implantation problems.  There's a supposed link in no ovulation, too.  Go for tylenol instead.

    You're not out of it until AF shows her true face, but I wouldn't get your hopes up too high.  Sorry, hun. 

    Sorry but if you read the paragraph, the last sentence states she took 5.  I have copied and pasted it below.  Read OP's post please.  Seriously

    ...would the ibuprofen (I took 5!) cause an issue?

    Hangs head in shame...sorry, folks.  Looks like I wasn't reading right!  I'm editing my post so I don't start a crazy storm, but I just wanted to say I was sorry. 

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    image JMack827:

    So I was 5 days late for AF and thought I was starting today because I was cramping like mad and started to spot a little, but I was cramping like I usually do for a major flow, but I've still only had a little pink spotting and some brownish discharge. I took some ibuprofen for the cramps because I thought I was safely back in the no-baby zone, but now I worry that it might have been implantation cramps/bleeding. If it was implantation, would the ibuprofen (I took 5!) cause an issue?

    I believe this is where she states that she took 5.

    Yeah, I'm an idiot.  Completely.  Sorry about that.  ::runs away before people start throwing things:: 

  • Also would just like to note that I'm not a crazy pill popper... I only take that much ibuprofen when I am cramping like crazy, at work, and need to function to do my job. I would love to be able to cuddle up with my heating pad and just a couple pills, but it's not always possible and I have to have some relief or I am not able to move.
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    Mostly I was worried about if the ibuprofen would affect a newly implanted embryo... more so than if it is possible that I could be pg. I know I shouldn't take advil if I'm pregnant, but I didn't know if anything would be affected this early on.

    I think one of the problems with ibuprofen while TTC is that it can interfere with implantation.
    If, on the off chance, you've already implanted, since you don't share a blood supply until later on, the ibuprofen is probably fine...



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    So I was 5 days late for AF and thought I was starting today because I was cramping like mad and started to spot a little, but I was cramping like I usually do for a major flow, but I've still only had a little pink spotting and some brownish discharge. I took some ibuprofen for the cramps because I thought I was safely back in the no-baby zone, but now I worry that it might have been implantation cramps/bleeding. If it was implantation, would the ibuprofen (I took 5!) cause an issue?

    I believe this is where she states that she took 5.

    Yeah, I'm an idiot.  Completely.  Sorry about that.  ::runs away before people start throwing things:: 

    No worries!

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    Mostly I was worried about if the ibuprofen would affect a newly implanted embryo... more so than if it is possible that I could be pg. I know I shouldn't take advil if I'm pregnant, but I didn't know if anything would be affected this early on.

    I think one of the problems with ibuprofen while TTC is that it can interfere with implantation.
    If, on the off chance, you've already implanted, since you don't share a blood supply until later on, the ibuprofen is probably fine...

     

    Thanks!!!

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    Where does it say she took 5?  Seriously, people--read OP's post!

    That being said, I highly doubt that it's implantation bleeding.  It's super late in your cycle.  The reality is that when we're TTC, we notice a zillion symptoms a lot earlier at the end of the cycle--hoping that they're preggo symptoms when they're really just from AF.  You could be a few days early, meaning you're spotting now and AF is about to hit.  The exact thing happened to me last cycle--I probably wouldn't have even noticed the spotting if I wasn't TTC.  I don't mean to rain on your parade, but you're probably just experiencing some PMS.

    Also, as others stated, try to stay away from advil/ibuprofen and all other NSAIDs (aleve/naproxen, too) if you're TTC--they can cause problems in creating a good uterine lining, therefore leading to implantation problems.  There's a supposed link in no ovulation, too.  Go for tylenol instead.

    You're not out of it until AF shows her true face, but I wouldn't get your hopes up too high.  Sorry, hun. 

    Sorry but if you read the paragraph, the last sentence states she took 5.  I have copied and pasted it below.  Read OP's post please.  Seriously

    ...would the ibuprofen (I took 5!) cause an issue?

    Hangs head in shame...sorry, folks.  Looks like I wasn't reading right!  I'm editing my post so I don't start a crazy storm, but I just wanted to say I was sorry. 

    It happens to the best of us =)

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  • 5!  can you say stomach bleeding!???
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  • Don't take 5.  And if you really want to, please consult a doctor first.  You can do damage by taking more drugs than you are supposed to.  As a PP said, drink a LOT of water because your organs are working overtime.

     I like taking ibuprofen for period cramps too because it's like the only thing that works.  I'm in the habit of taking a cheap internet pregnancy test before I take anything toward the end of my cycle.  If the test is negative I allow the Ibuprofen.  I would suggest doing this at least for some kind of peace of mind. 

  • I went to my primary for a horribly painful ear infection and he told me since I was TTC, I could not take any ibuprofen, aspirin, etc.  I rolled my eyes and told him I was on CD1.  He said I still shouldn't, which I thought odd, but whatev.  His reasoning for not taking it while TTC-it makes you bleed more and can cause a greater chance of miscarriage. 
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  • So, as it turns out, it was AF (thank goodness!!) really we aren't ttc until June, but I went ahead and stopped bc in Dec (mainly because it was causing depression) Though now that  my cycles are being somewhat irregular I will have to try to stay better on top of things! Thanks all for the advice!!!
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