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Is it normal to have light bleeding 5 days before your period starts

A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Treacy
34 years experience Gynecology
May be normal: Menstrual irregularity affects 15% of women in any given cycle. This may be a cycle where hormone balance was not adequate leading to prolonged bleedi ... Read More
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Breakthrough bleed: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually sel ... Read More
A female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doct ... Read More
A 31-year-old female asked:
Dr. Ecaterina Sartina
34 years experience Pediatrics
Check pregnancy test: Is the possible pregnancy in a picture? Otherwise check with your ob/gyn doc.
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A 32-year-old female asked:
Dr. Bryan Treacy
34 years experience Gynecology
Maybe: Irregular menstrual bleeding is almost always hormonal in nature, whether on or off hormone contraception. If not on contraception, cycles in which wo ... Read More
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A 34-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Give it a few days : Light red discharge in the first few days after your period is ok. It is just the end of your period. Give it a few days to see if it resolves on its ... Read More
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A 39-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
One cannot tell yet: Wait. A positive pregnancy test can tell a woman that prior spotting was actually implantation spotting. It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Implantation bleed: Implantation bleeding is much more common on the internet than in real life. It occurs rarely and exclusively in someone who is pregnant. The only way ... Read More
A 21-year-old female asked:
Dr. Gurmukh Singh
48 years experience Pathology
Likely normal: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doct ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Jeff Livingston
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Irregular: If your period is irregular then by definition there is not a normal pattern. Birth control can be used to regulate.
A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. Julie Stevens
23 years experience Family Medicine
Probably normal: IF! your menstrual timing, volume and length of flow is otherwise the same, it is fine. Many people experience this after a cycle is over as well. ... Read More
A 30-year-old female asked:
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Periods: For specific advice you will need to consult a doctor licensed in the US. Here is some general advice. http://patient.info/health/periods-and-some ... Read More
A 29-year-old female asked:
Dr. Robert Kwok
32 years experience Pediatrics
It happens sometimes: Many women have occasional variation of their mucus discharge, some spotting between periods, a heavier period, a lighter period, a longer or shorter ... Read More
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A 23-year-old female asked:
Dr. William Jurewitz
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Pregnant?: First get a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant! it is not uncommon for many women to experience a very light "normal" period and sometim ... Read More
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A 43-year-old member asked:
Dr. Jane Van Dis
17 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
It can be: It can be normal to have an extended bleed like this. Most periods are completed by 7 days, if your period lasted longer than this only once, likely ... Read More
A 34-year-old female asked:
Dr. Chevies Newman
21 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Your bleeding will be irregular with the morning after pill. There os Plan B and mifiprostone and they often get confused but either will temporarily ... Read More
A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Yelena Kipervas
22 years experience Family Medicine
Fresh blood: Fresh blood can come from broken blood vessel . If no more blood don't worry. If more- do pregnancy test just in case.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Susan Arnoult
24 years experience Family Medicine
Nothing: That's really nothing to worry about. Your period can change in character quite a bit from time to time and still be normal.
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A 26-year-old female asked:
Dr. Norma jo Waxman
32 years experience Family Medicine
Need more info: Are you on contraception? Which type? Does your period come every 28 days? How long does it last for? Why are you on ketorolac and what other med ... Read More
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A 53-year-old member asked:
Dr. Charles Whiting
26 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Yes: Its not uncommond
A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. R. scott Thornton
41 years experience Gynecology
Periovulatory: Midcycle pain with light bleeding may just be from ovulation. If so, it would only last a day or two. If it persists beyond that amount of time or you ... Read More
A 25-year-old female asked:
Dr. Kirstie Cunningham
25 years experience Obstetrics and Gynecology
Not normal: It is not normal to bleed again 4 days after your period ended. Should be evaluated by a gynecologist for irregular periods vs. Infection.
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A 24-year-old female asked:
Dr. Martin Raff
55 years experience Infectious Disease
Pregnant?: Check using a urine test strip available inexpensively at your local pharmacy.
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A 42-year-old member asked:
Dr. D Elan Simckes
32 years experience Fertility Medicine
Ovulatipn: I think anything is possible, just about. It would mean that the "looking face" is extremely short and she is making very little or no progesterone. ... Read More
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