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I just recently started using the nuva ring in october and I've bein expirencing some thick brown spotting/period like bleeding the last few days?

I just recently started using the nuva ring in october and I've bein expirencing some thick brown spotting/period like bleeding the last few days?

Probably Normal: All hormonal contraception carries the possible side effect of irregular or break-through-bleeding during the first 2-3 months. The NuvaRing should be continued as prescribed and contact a clinician if there is still a problem after 3 months. ...Read more

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On bc 4 months. Had unprotected sex 6 days after period, & brown breakthrough bleeding for the 1st time on this pill 5 days after. Should i be worried?

On bc 4 months. Had unprotected sex 6 days after period, & brown breakthrough bleeding for the 1st time on this pill 5 days after. Should i be worried?

Not likely: If you haven't missed any pills then the likelihood of you being pregnant is very low. It can be normal to have some breakthrough bleeding, even on the birth control pill. Chance of pregnancy using birth control perfectly over course of year is around 4-6%, so pretty low. But not zero. Good luck! ...Read more

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Dr. I have lots of acne .had 2 day period brown bleeding with clots. Been taking metfornin since a month.could it be due to metformin?

Dr. I have lots of acne .had 2 day period brown bleeding with clots. Been taking metfornin since a month.could it be due to metformin?

PCOS: Do you also take other meds? Abnormal menst bleeding can be related to PCOS, psych meds, pregnancy. Some birth control pills are good for acne, others make it worse. Any hormone or birth control may cause menstrual change. Spironolactone is best treatment for acne due to Polycystic Ovary Syndrome. It is very safe unless you are pregnant or in kidney failure. A prescription for 90 days is $16 cash. ...Read more

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I had a d&c to balance my hormones not pregnancy. I've been spotting for 8 days since procedure but on day 9 I started light brown bleeding. Period?

I had a d&c to balance my hormones not pregnancy. I've been spotting for 8 days since procedure but on day 9 I started light brown bleeding. Period?

Unlikely: this likely represents old blood. Your endometrium hasn't had time to grow enough to be sloughed off as of yet. I would discuss with your GYN when you can expect your next period. What you are having now is old blood from the D&C. ...Read more

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I had period in Jan for 4 days (very light and odd) this month feb lasted 7 days....brown and red bleeding.Period ended 2 days ago.hot lashes now.?N

I had period in Jan for 4 days (very light and odd) this month feb lasted 7 days....brown and red bleeding.Period ended 2 days ago.hot lashes now.?N

Need more details: With minimal information, a full history of your chief complaint requires a visit to your doctor. Your age currently, age of menarche, menstrual history, obstetric history, and family history are crucial. Additionally, any current conditions, medications, and pregnancy risk must be considered. The differential range is too vague at this point. I hope you get the help you need and feel better soon. ...Read more

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Dark brown bleeding before period then normal heavy period then light brown bleeding right before period ends. Is this normal? Happens every month

Dark brown bleeding before period then normal heavy period then light brown bleeding right before period ends. Is this normal? Happens every month

Sounds pretty normal: You are describing a fairly normal pattern of the menstrual cycle. If you would like to have shorter and lighter periods there are lots of options that help with that and prevent pregnancy. You can schedule a virtual visit with an Obgyn or see your own locally and go through the various options. ...Read more

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I have regular cycle but was 4 days late on period, light red bleeding today that got heavier and turned dark brown. implantation bleeding or period?

I have regular cycle but was 4 days late on period, light red bleeding today that got heavier and turned dark brown. implantation bleeding or period?

Can't say.: Check a pregnancy test and follow the directions on the packet exactly. Repeat in a week. If negative, you a probably not pregnant. If the irregular pattern of your periods continues with the next period, see your doctor and find out what is going on. ...Read more

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I have been on my period bleeding brown blood for 8 days and I have the copper IUD for 5 years should I be worried?what could this mean?

I have been on my period bleeding brown blood for 8 days and I have the copper IUD for 5 years should I be worried?what could this mean?

It Depends: I am sorry to hear about the bleeding. The brown blood is likely just old blood that is now leaving your body. Likely this will pass with time (about another 3-4 days). But if you have lower abdominal pain, tenderness or a fever (>101.3F or 38.5C) then I would be concerned. If you continue to bleed for more than 14 days or if you develop a fever (>101.3F) or have abdominal pain than see a doc. ...Read more

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On bc pills & week before my period had brown bleeding that turned red & a light flow at times. Lasted for 7 days. Could it be a sign of pregnancy?

See answer: it could, more likely if you missed pills. If not it can be breakthrough bleeding, common on low dose pills. Need to see the prescribing doctor ...Read more

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I am sexually active and about a week before my expected period.I got few drops of blood probably dark brown withot period pain.Implantation bleeding?

Maybe (not) . . .: Can't really speculate as to whether you're pregnant or not. To save anxiety, just take over-the-counter home pregnancy test available at most grocery or drug stores (at least in the states - not so sure about uk). But since you're worried, that means you really need to chat w/your gp about birth control options. Also need to make your partner wear condom each & every time to lower std risk. ...Read more

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Peroid only lasted two days with light brown bleeding normal period last seven days breast hurt and back pain. Pregnant? Stop taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine

Peroid only lasted two days with light brown bleeding normal period last seven days breast hurt and back pain. Pregnant?  Stop taking Tylenol (acetaminophen) with codeine

Take pregnancy test: know. Stop tylenol (acetaminophen) w Codeine until you know. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems (i.e. PCOS). #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

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Took Plan B the first day of my period. Two weeks later (day after ovulation) I have brown bleeding. Period shouldn't start for 12 days. Scared! ?

Took Plan B the first day of my period. Two weeks later (day after ovulation) I have brown bleeding. Period shouldn't start for 12 days. Scared! ?

Plan B: Plan B is a hormone and any changes in hormone balance can cause irregularity in menstrual cycle. Brown colored spotting may represent this irregularity. If you are concerned that you may be pregnant - wait two weeks and do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Ovulation on april 14. Spotting the 22, 23 and today went from a yellowish color to light pink now brown. Implantation bleeding or period?

Ovulation on april 14. Spotting the 22, 23 and today went from a yellowish color to light pink now brown. Implantation bleeding or period?

Pregnancy test: Implantation bleeding only occurs when you are pregnant. Why not take a pregnancy test and then you will have your answer? ...Read more

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Is it normal to have a lot of brown bleeding the day your period starts ?

Color: of menstrual blood is not usually clinically significant. Brown blood is usually old blood being cleaned from the uterus. ...Read more

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Not on period, been bleeding for a week.. Orangy red brown clumps, what could this be?

Not on period, been bleeding for a week.. Orangy red brown clumps, what could this be?

Irregular bleeding: 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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What does a period 15 days after the last one wit brown blood and barely any bleeding at all mean?

What does a period 15 days after the last one wit brown blood and barely any bleeding at all mean?

Leftovers : Probably old blood from your last menses. We're you more active recently? Have sex? That could have stirred up some older blood and discharge. If it continues, see your doc. ...Read more

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How can you tell if a brown/blackish bleeding for two days with bloodclots is a period or implantation?

How can you tell if a brown/blackish bleeding for two days with bloodclots is a period or implantation?

Period, implant, etc: It is not physically or emotionally easy for a woman trying to conceive to tell if she is miscarrying or menstruating. There can be spotting from implantation, loss of a very early pregnancy, or beginning of a new period. If there are clots, it is most like one of the latter two. A visit to an OB doctor and possible pelvic exam, blood test, and/or ultrasound can provide the most accurate answer. ...Read more

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Period 11 days late .. Bleeding red tan brown and pink for 8 days now .. Flow changing from heavy to barely any?

Period 11 days late .. Bleeding red tan brown and pink for 8 days now .. Flow changing from heavy to barely any?

Uncertain: Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems. Brown blood is usually older, deoxygenated blood. ...Read more

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Period 25 days late..Now having brownish string discharge and very little bleeding for four days ..I am 22 and a virgin...

Period 25 days late..Now having brownish string discharge and very little bleeding for four days ..I am 22 and a virgin...

Didn't ovulate: Sometimes the ovary doesn't ovulate when it should and then the period doesn't come on time. Then when you do bleed it is different then usual. Often this happens during high stress times or when there is a lot of wt loss. Also being over weight with something called poly cystic ovary disease. Make sure you haven't left tampon in. If you go back to normal c gyn. ...Read more

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Day 4 of period late, had brown/pinkish bleeding a week before period was due, which was on of for 4 days. What could it be?

Day 4 of period late,  had brown/pinkish bleeding a week before period was due, which was on of for 4 days. What could it be?

That is rough: It sounds like no real cycle at all. By that i mean you are having non-ovulatory bleeding. Check hpt. If -, give it a month or 2 to straighten out. If it doesn't or you are having significant distress see your gyn. ...Read more

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Period ended 6 days ago and I had bright red bleeding that required a pad yesterday and today it's brownish and still requiring a pad.

Period ended 6 days ago and I had bright red bleeding that required a pad yesterday and today it's brownish and still requiring a pad.

Lots of causes: Would need to know your age and other history. Unexplained vaginal bleeding needs to be investigated.See your doctor and he can check it out.There are many causes. ...Read more

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Pinkish bleeding with brown streak 3 days before expected period. One unprotected episode at day 16 of last cycle. What could this mean?

Spotting: May be variation, may be implantation bleeding,vaginitis, may be miscarriage or ectopic. if period does not arrive check HCG, if acute onset severe pelvic pain consider sonogram to r/o ectopic or ovarian pathology f/u w/ doc ...Read more

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Period is extremely lighter than normal, started off brownish and lasted about a day and a half with not much bleeding, what could cause this?

Period is extremely lighter than normal, started off brownish and lasted about a day and a half with not much bleeding, what could cause this?

Light menses: 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