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A 41-year-old member asked:

been having dark brown light periods for months, is this normal?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
D/W your GYN.: The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives ; perimenopause.

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A 42-year-old member asked:

Why do some girls get light periods and others get heavy? Seems to be a lot of variation.

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Dr. Marguerite Barnett
Plastic Surgery 42 years experience
Variety: Variety is the spice of life, they say. If i knew the answer to that question, i'd probably get a nobel prize.
A 42-year-old member asked:

Are scanty periods and hypomenorrhea dangerous?

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Dr. Michael Sparacino
Family Medicine 37 years experience
No: They're not dangerous but they're not normal eaither. You should see your doctor.
A 37-year-old member asked:

How?Can?You tell?If?You have abnormal heavy or light periods?

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Dr. PAUL EUN
Dr. PAUL EUNanswered
Obstetrics and Gynecology 38 years experience
How it affects you: Usually, having light periods are not a problem as long as they are regular. Heavy periods are abnormal when they lead to any of the following. Anemia chronic fatigue interferes with your daily activity.
A 41-year-old member asked:

How common are light periods?

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Dr. Luis Gonzalez
Obstetrics and Gynecology 39 years experience
Not much: A significant change from the regular pattern may need evaluation by your doctor. The presence of light menses while using hormonal birth control is common and could be considered a fringe benefit of these methods.
A 35-year-old female asked:

Why do I have light periods?

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Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Something new?: This may or may not be a problem. What is important to know is the duration of this, history of prior periods in terms of length, amount, frequency and use of medications like oral contraceptives. Once that information is known, an obgyn doctor can better assess the cause and need, if any, to remedy the situation. Feel free to write another questions with a bit more information. Thanks for asking.

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