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A 23-year-old female asked:

i was suppose to come on my period on the 18th of this month and now it's the 21st and i am spotting what does that mean?

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Dr. Jane Van Dis
Obstetrics and Gynecology 18 years experience
Pre-menstrual: It seems as if your period will likely start any day now in full force. Sometimes we can be a little irregular due to changes in stress, sleep, hormones, weight, etc. If you're worried about possible pregnancy, then take a quick and accurate home pregnancy test. You'll have your answer in minutes!

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A 27-year-old member asked:

What should I do if im spotting after my period?

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Dr. Katherine Sutherland
Gynecology 43 years experience
Find out why: Some women will normally have spotting for a few days after the menstrual flow, but if there is spotting more than 5 days or any erratic spotting between periods, it should be checked. It could be due to a polyp or an overgrowth of the lining of the uterus which could even lead to cancer in rare cases. It could also be due to a hormone imbalance which may need to be corrected.
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Spotting and cramping 2 weeks after my period ended?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Ovulation: If you have monthly periods, then you ovulate about 2 weeks after your period. Ovulation can be associated with crampy pains and is often associated with transient spotting as well. What you describe sounds normal.
A 36-year-old member asked:

I stated taking the pill last month, I started the second sunday after my period, my period started on the 25th and i'm still spotting from last month?

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Dr. J. Yusuf Erskine
Holistic Medicine 32 years experience
Timing is everything: From your notes, it is hard to know exactly when you started your birth control pills; but you appear to have waited at least 8 days from the last day of your period to start your oc, when your body was preparing to ovulate. Call your practitioner and be aware that you are not adequately protected at this point from getting pregnant.
A 18-year-old member asked:

Spotting has taken place of my period, what does it mean?

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Many possibilities: This may not be significant but requires a detailed history including the duration of this change and probably also an examination and possibly some testing to allow a complete answer.
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A 34-year-old female asked:

If I am not due for my period till 6/11 and I have been spotting, not enough for a liner since 6/1 what are some reasons?

1 doctor answer2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Pregnancy: Any change in menses in a woman of childbearing age requires a pregnancy test.Done easily with a over the counter urine test.Follow the instructions on first voided urine of the day.

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