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Light Periods (Definition)

Hypomenorrhea or hypomenorrhoea = short ...Read more


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I've been on for 7 days. When I wipe my self I still see a little. Doesn't even full up a liner. Always had lite periods. What do you think?

I've been on for 7 days. When I wipe my self I still see a little. Doesn't even full up a liner. Always had lite periods. What do you think?

Periods: Periods vary widely from woman to woman. Some periods are punctual, some are unpredictable. See your doctor who may prescribe you oral contraceptives to regulate your menstrual period. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a heavy period when you're used to having very light periods?

Is it normal to have a heavy period when you're used to having very light periods?

Depends: Depends on when your last period occurred and if it was on birth control pills or not and your last pelvic exam findings. ...Read more

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19 f. Off bc pill 7 month. Lastima month period washington late but normal length now IV had 3 light periods this month. Don't know why.?

19 f. Off bc pill 7 month. Lastima month period washington late but normal length now IV had 3 light periods this month. Don't know why.?

May be normal: This is a common story among women off hormone contraception like the pill. In any given month, 15% of women will have an abnormal cycle just due to hormonal imbalance etc. The hormone fluctuations for "normal" cycles are complicated, and if they are not in sync, the uterus will respond by spotting or bleeding. ...Read more

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19 f. 7 monthes off pill. Last month period was late but normal length. This month IV had 3. Light periods. Iv always been regular before. What's wron?

19 f. 7 monthes off pill. Last month period was late but normal length. This month IV had 3. Light periods. Iv always been regular before. What's wron?

Irregular period: 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. ...Read more

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I had a really heavy period my LMP and usually I have light periods why is that?

Can be normal: If this was a one time occurrence, it is likely a normal variation, and your periods should return to normal. If this continues, you'll need to see your gyn to be evaluated. If you were late, and there is a possibility you could be pregnant, you should be tested for that as well -- although your doctor will likely do that regardless. ...Read more

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I have had 2 very light periods, these periods are so light I could wear the same pad for the whole length of my period, is this normal?

I have had 2 very light periods, these periods are so light I could wear the same pad for the whole length of my period, is this normal?

Probably OK: Occasional irregular or light bleeding is generally not worrisome. If the problem continues for a few months a gyn provider should be consulted. ...Read more

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I'm sixteen. I had a normal period for 2 years then I didn't have a period for a year. The past 6 months I've had 2 light periods. What's wrong?

I'm sixteen. I had a normal period for 2 years then I didn't have a period for a year. The past 6 months I've had 2 light periods. What's wrong?

Multiple causes…: There can be multiple causes for someone to not have periods. If someone is too thin, they may not have enough hormones to have regular cycles. In addition, if someone is too heavy, they may have too many hormones to cycle normally. Also, taking hormones like Depo-Provera can result in no periods (amenorrhea). Not ovulating (anovulation) is the cause of the amenorrhea for the reasons above. ...Read more

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I normal have 3 light periods a year. I just lost 40 lbs and I now have been on my period for 2 months and it is very heavy. What could be wrong?

I normal have 3 light periods a year. I just lost 40 lbs and I now have been on my period for 2 months and it is very heavy. What could be wrong?

Irregular bleeding: You've likely not been ovulating regularly and the weight change may have change your hormonal levels. If you skip periods, you are risk of the lining getting very thick and then bleeding heavy and/or prolonged. Probably time to see a gynecologist. ...Read more

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I've had my merina iud in for 18 months no problem at all very light periods and sometimes no period but today I got a heavy p and the string isinplace?

I've had my merina iud in for 18 months no problem at all very light periods and sometimes no period but today I got a heavy p and the string isinplace?

Mirena iud: The Mirena iud is a progesterone only contraceptive. Like all progesterone only contraceptive choices, bleeding everyday, no bleeding at all, or anything in between can be entirely normal. ...Read more

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I usually have light periods. It lasts about 3 days or 2. When I take iron tablets I noticed that my period comes heavy. Why?

I usually have light periods. It lasts about 3 days or 2. When I take iron tablets I noticed that my period comes heavy. Why?

Heavy periods: I personally have not heard an affiliation with iron tablets causing increased bleeding, I think this is just coincidence. It's likely you have low platelets developing in the later part of your period that makes your bleed more. Platelets are cells that help with slowing and stopping down bleeding. ...Read more

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Light periods 5 days after taking ECP. Does this mean I am not pregnent? My normal period date is not around this time of the month.

Light periods 5 days after taking ECP. Does this mean I am not pregnent? My normal period date is not around this time of the month.

Periods/Plan B: Taking emergency contraception is quite likely to throw your periods off for a month - that's exactly how they work. If you had 5 days of bleeding shortly after the pill use, this sounds very normal and means you should not be or become pregnant. GIve it a couple of more weeks until your normal period would have been due and then if you have concern yet, take a home pregnancy test - but unlikely. ...Read more

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Wht does an extreme light period mean? I was fingered by my bf wid dried up sperms after 15 min of ejaculate. I am having light periods on my due days

Wht does an extreme light period mean? I was fingered by my bf wid dried up sperms after 15 min of ejaculate. I am having light periods on my due days

Light period: Would check urine, blood HCG. Though unlikely, there still is a minuscule possibility of pregnancy, if not on consistent BC. To avoid pregnancy have to avoid genital contact with sperm and use BC regularly, sperm are good swimmers. Alternatively could be stress, menstrual variation but only if period returns or blood HCG negative 5-7 weeks post interaction, and if no period yet, negative sono. ...Read more

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Light periods for 4 months, regular but light last period 2 days long, taken hpt-negative result. Reasons for period change, no weight loss/exercise?

Light periods for 4 months, regular but light last period 2 days long, taken hpt-negative result. Reasons for period change, no weight loss/exercise?

Count your blessings: Are you on birth control pills? If yes, then it is completely normal. If no, then I would need a more detailed history but most likely it is still normal. ...Read more

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Took 5 BCpills, got my period a week ltr for 2 days (heavy). Had sex 1 month ago took Plan B right after... Are these light periods a sign of preg. Or?

Took 5 BCpills, got my period a week ltr for 2 days (heavy). Had sex 1 month ago took Plan B right after... Are these light periods a sign of preg. Or?

Preg. Not likely: Hello,

When you take the morning after pill, Plan B or Levonorgestrel for emergency contraception, . remember that you are taking a hormone. Since the menstrual period is a hormonal system, the onset and quality of the menses will be effected. Expect your period to be delayed and the menses to be somewhat heavier, maybe lighter. You can expect to return to normal cycles soon. ...Read more

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Lower back pain, increased appetite, weight gain, very light periods after 3 months no period at all. Frequent urination.

Lower back pain, increased appetite, weight gain, very light periods after 3 months no period at all. Frequent urination.

What is the cause?: There are many causes of these symptoms. One is pregnancy. That is easy to test for- could it be the cause? There could be changes with your hormones for other reasons. Either it could be from the ovaries or some other location.

If your home pregnancy test is negative, could be time to see the family doctor, or OB/GYN, or endocrinologist, probably in that order. ...Read more

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What causes light periods?

Luck: Some women are lucky enough to have light periods. Others suffer from heavy painful periods. Each person will be different. If you are someone with light periods that is great. ...Read more

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Why do I have light periods?

Why do I have light periods?

Something new?: This may or may not be a problem. What is important to know is the duration of this, history of prior periods in terms of length, amount, frequency and use of medications like oral contraceptives. Once that information is known, an obgyn doctor can better assess the cause and need, if any, to remedy the situation. Feel free to write another questions with a bit more information. Thanks for asking. ...Read more

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How common are light periods?

How common are light periods?

Not much: A significant change from the regular pattern may need evaluation by your doctor. The presence of light menses while using hormonal birth control is common and could be considered a fringe benefit of these methods. ...Read more

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Light periods every now and then why?

Light periods every now and then why?

Not sure.: The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives & perimenopause. ...Read more

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What causes light periods 4 months in a row?

What causes light periods 4 months in a row?

Pregnancy test: If the pregnancy test is negative then your gynecologist can evaluate you. There is not enough information to determine the cause at this time. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have light periods for only 2 days?

Is it normal to have light periods for only 2 days?

Unless new change: Everyone has a different menstrual flow. What is not always normal is for your menses to change suddenly and drastically. If it was always very heavy and then got lighter without any changes in medication or vice Versace this could indicate an issue ...Read more

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Is it bad if I'm having light periods? What causes them?

LIght periods: The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives & perimenopause. ...Read more