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Massillon, Ohio
A 24-year-old female asked:

started n ended with brown blood only lasted 5 days started 2 days late now a wk b4 my next period im bloated been cramping all month n very tired?

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Dr. Douglas Lawson
Obstetrics and Gynecology 28 years experience
Preggo: Check a pregnancy test first as your symptoms could be that. It could also be that you didn't ovulate last cycle and and now have a thickened endometrial lining leading to more significant premenstrual cramps.

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