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A 18-year-old female asked:

What is spotting?

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Dr. SG Erman
Dr. SG Ermananswered
Family Medicine 35 years experience
Bleeding: Spotting is usually light menstrual bleed that occurs at a time other than your normal period. It can be due to pregnancy, hormonal variations and changes, occasionally stress, etc.
Dr. Pam Yoder
Specializes in Maternal-Fetal Medicine
Call your OB doctor: Spotting (staining or bleeding) can mean different things depending on when in pregnancy it occurs. Early in pregnancy utering bleeding suggests a threatened abortion (medical term for miscarriage). Bleeding later can be caused by a placenta previa or abruption, both of which can threaten the life of mom and baby. Bleeding can also be from other sources. A woman must see an experienced OB to know.
Dr. Padmavati Garvey
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See doctor: You should see your doctor first. In most cases there really is nothing you can do to make the spotting go away. Some women spot throughout the whole pregnancy.
Dr. Kathryn Mercer
Obstetrics and Gynecology 34 years experience
Call your doctor.: It isn't uncommon to spot in pregnancy. Depending on the gestational age, it could be a sign of pre-term labor, however. You should ask your doctor if you need to be seen.
Dr. Nicole Bullock
Obstetrics and Gynecology 17 years experience
I agree with Dr. Mercer ... in the meantime, rest. Get of your feet. Pelvic rest too .... no sex!! If you notice spotting after a long day or a busy day or after exercise, you just need to back off a little. Always better to be safe. Call your doctor if you have questions!
Nov 21, 2011
Dr. Kenneth Smith
Internal Medicine 32 years experience
Menstral blood: Small quantities vaginal bleeding.

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A 22-year-old female asked:

Why do I keep spotting on and off?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Depends: If you are spotting mid cycle between periods, it is likely due to ovulation. If you are spotting off and on and not having periods, then it is likely anovulatory breakthrough bleeding - and you should see your doctor for treatment options. If you are spotting off and on and having regular periods, you need to see your doctor as you may have a polyp, infection, fibroids, or endometriosis.
A 27-year-old member asked:

How do I know if I am spotting?

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Dr. Caren Reaves
Obstetrics and Gynecology 24 years experience
You will see blood: If you begin spotting you will see blood on your panties. Depending on what trimester you are in, spotting can mean many different things. Contact your provider for evaluation if spotting occurs.
Minot, ND
A 28-year-old female asked:

Why do I have spotting frequently?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Need more info: If you are pregnant then spotting needs to be evaluated immediately. If you are not pregnant then you will need to be evaluated for infections, polyps, fibroids, hormonal imbalances etc. Many have spotting from various birth control methods. There are many things that can cause this.
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A 25-year-old female asked:

Why is I'm spotting again today?

2 doctor answers2 doctors weighed in
Dr. Ivelisse Rivera-Godreau
Family Medicine 24 years experience
We need...: We need more information.Depending on other symptoms and factors are the possible reasons which are multiple. It could be pregnancy, infection, if you are in birth control pill this could cause it, ovarian cysts, etc. Follow up with a gynecologist on this.

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