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A 34-year-old female asked:

what does spotting look like?

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Dr. Raja Abusharr
Family Medicine 21 years experience
Pink or red tinges: "spotting" usually refers to mild or moderate vaginal bleeding that is either before, during, or after menses. Most women who say that they have spotting would be seeing tinges, streaks or spots of pink or red on underwear or liners. It can be normal but it can also be a sign of hormonal imbalance. If it is during a state of pregnancy it must be immediately evaluated even though it might be normal.

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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.
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A 34-year-old member asked:

Should I be concerned about frequent spotting during the month?

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Dr. Robert Kwok
Pediatrics 33 years experience
Yes, somewhat: Most healthy, normal women don't have spotting during the month. They bleed during their periods, and don't bleed in between periods. Frequent spotting should be evaluated by an ob-gyn doctor. It may be due to menstrual irregularities, but other conditions such as infections and cancers can also cause bleeding as a symptom.
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A 19-year-old member asked:

I started spotting and I am between periods. What can this mean?

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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
Obstetrics and Gynecology 30 years experience
Probably normal.: Ovulation occurs about two weeks before the menstrual period. At the time of ovulation, the estrogen levels will drop and then continue rising with the cylce. That drop can cause breakthrough bleeding. This is a normal occurence and does not indicate a problem. The fact that a drop in the estrogen level can cause spotting is also the reason women have spotting when they skip a birth control pill.
A 45-year-old member asked:

Some spotting the first month but no periods x 2. Is this normal ?

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Dr. Pavel Conovalciuc
Family Medicine 23 years experience
Need more info: In any case, do pregnancy test first especially if you have unprotected sex. If negative and you continue to have unprotected sex and your periods don't come regularly, you may need to check yourself often to make sure you don't get pregnant. If you want to regulate your periods, start using a reliable method of contraception (condoms, for example) and see you doc about treatment.
Booker, TX
A 27-year-old female asked:

I have been spotting for a week now and it doesn't look like it will stop soon what could it be?

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Dr. Michael Kleerekoper
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Spotting: Please set up an appointment with a Gynecologist. Once you call the office with your major concern I am confident you will be seen almost immediately.

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