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Knightdale, NC
A 42-year-old female asked:

what does it mean to only spot during your period ?

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Dr. Wesley Grootwassink
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Thin endometrium: Very light periods are usually a funtion of a thin endometrium. Estrogen thickens the lining Progesterone will thin it. Oral contraceptives are Progesterone dominant, and many people on the pill for awhile will have very light periods.

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A 28-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when u don't have your period you only spot?

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Dr. Maia Hightower
Internal Medicine 18 years experience
Depends: If you miss your period or only spot, you could be pregnant or you could have a lighter than normal period. I recommend getting a pregnancy test. If that is negative, then there are many many reasons for spotting. Much depends on your age, if you are on contraception, and many other factors.
A 22-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when you spot a week after your period?

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Dr. Robert Greer
Family Medicine 44 years experience
Pregnant: We are always suspicious of pregnancy when a woman of your age has a change in menses(period) please do a fist voided urine pregnancy test ( the first pee in the morning) for best, most accurate results.
A 30-year-old member asked:

What does it mean if you are spot when your meant to have your period?

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Dr. Heidi Fowler
Psychiatry 25 years experience
Light period: The main reason for light periods is change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause ; implantation bleeding in early pregnancy which rarely occurs. Check pregnancy test.
A 31-year-old member asked:

What does it mean when you spot after your period?

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Dr. Wayne Ingram
Specializes in Obstetrics and Gynecology
Dribs & drabs: Often the period blood is still present in the vagina when the period has seemingly stopped. It will later come out with exertion, sexual activity or straining at the stool as 'spotting' or 'giblets'. If this continues have a gyn md check for other uterine , or cervical problems.
Richmond, VA
A 15-year-old female asked:

What does it mean when you spot when you're suppose to have your period?

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
Obstetrics and Gynecology 22 years experience
Common complaint: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems obgyns treat. If this is one time problem it usually resolves on its own. If this is a recurring problem you should be evaluated. Infections ; hormonal changes can cause spotting. If there is a concern for pregnancy then do a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit.

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