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What does it mean when you have dark brown spotting, large clots, and cramping before your period?

What does it mean when you have dark brown spotting, large clots, and cramping before your period?

Progesterone: You have inadequate progesterone production the 2 weeks before your period. Try to find a PCP or OB/GYN to put you on cyclic progesterone during this part if your menstrual cycle.

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Getting brown spotting week before period. Cramping bloating and tender breasts but negative tests. Been spotting for six days. What is happening?

Getting brown spotting week before period. Cramping bloating and tender breasts but negative tests. Been spotting for six days. What is happening?

Tests?: Sounds like premenstrual spotting due to hormonal changes. Are you trying to get ptengant? - if jot I would recommend oral contraceptives and condoms.

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Had sex 3days before period due and had brown spotting and now light pink, no cramps. Is this normal?

Brown spotting: Is usally old, deoxygenated blood being cleaned from the uterus. Pink may be some blood tinged discharge.

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Brown spotting 4 days and late period with bright red blood. Cramps and backach could it be miacarriage! Had sex 12 days before period came?

Brown spotting 4 days and late period with bright red blood. Cramps and backach could it be miacarriage! Had sex 12 days before period came?

Pregnancy test: Before being concerned about a miscarriage you should find out if you are pregnant. Do a home pregnancy test. If it is negative then you are not having a miscarriage

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11-12 days post IUI brown spotting and cramping (cramping last 9 days) is this my period?

11-12 days post IUI brown spotting and cramping (cramping last 9 days) is this my period?

Unsure yet: Either it is implantation bleeding or the beginning of a period. There is no way to know yet but in a coupe of days a pregnancy test can confirm

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Brown spotting from 1/13-1/24...Period light and only pink with little red since 1/24. No pain associated at all or cramps at all.

Brown spotting from 1/13-1/24...Period light and only pink with little red since 1/24. No pain associated at all or cramps at all.

Get..: First of all if you are sexually active get a pregnancy test. If negative then this could be related to a vaginal or pelvic infection. It would be necessary for you to see a gynecologist for exam and treatment as necessary.

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Cramps after my period and brown spotting?

Cramps after my period and brown spotting?

Normal variation..: Can be natural misscarriage........Retained clot /poc.

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Hi I am 9 day post natural FET and having cramps and brown spotting since this afternoon. Is this means period? Is there any hope?

Hi I am 9 day post natural FET and having cramps and brown spotting since this afternoon. Is this means period? Is there any hope?

Pregnancy test: You will have to wait a few more days until you reach the 2 week post transfer time. Then you can check a pregnancy test and see what the results are. I wish you the best fortune

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I miscarried. 4 weeks later I had my first period that lasted 5 days and it was heavy jst expected my 2nd and its brown spotting with mild cramps??

I miscarried. 4 weeks later I had my first period that lasted 5 days and it was heavy jst expected my 2nd and its brown spotting with mild cramps??

Miscarriage: Remember that even though you miscarried you were pregnant. It usually takes a few months for a women's periods to become normal again after pregnancy. The first period is usually pretty heavy as the endometrium is overgrown at that time. Be patient things should normalize. If they don't by 4-6 months after your D&C, see your doctor for an evaluation. I'm sorry for your loss, best wishes.

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Hm I have been spotting lately, these past two days I've had flaky brown spotting and bad cramps, period not due til another week, what can it be? : (

Hm I have been spotting lately, these past two days I've had flaky brown spotting and bad cramps, period not due til another week, what can it be? : (

Pelvic infection?: The combination of abnormal vaginal discharge or bleeding, plus low abdominal pain or cramps, suggests a problem in the uterus or fallopian tubes. If pregnant, you may be miscarrying. If not, then STDs are a good bet, e.g. gonorrhea or chlamydia causing pelvic inflammatory disease (PID, fallopian tube infection), especially if any fever or if at risk for STD. See a doctor ASAP. Good luck!

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I get iregual period since coming off pill 3 monylths ago. A few days ago have brown spotting and cramps. My period due sunday. Good it be impaleation?

I get iregual period since coming off pill 3 monylths ago. A few days ago have brown spotting and cramps. My period due sunday. Good it be impaleation?

Could be: This spotting could be implantation if you have been having unprotected intercourse. If your period is late, check a pregnancy test and, if it is negative and your period still hasn't started, repeat it in 3-5 days. You should also be on prenatal vitamins any time you might conceive since the use of prenatal vitamins beginning prior to pregnancy gives you the greatest decrease in birth defects.

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I had one brown spotting on my period due date as it was supposed to my due period and I had cramps. What is the sign?

I had one brown spotting on my period due date as it was supposed to my due period and I had cramps. What is the sign?

Many possibilities: A missing period with cramps can be due to hormonal changes, hormone or birth control pills, iuds, pregnancy, stds. An appointment with a health care provider is indicated with any significant changes with mensdtual periods.

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I already had my period march 7 th 2014. Now march 19 th I started brown spotting. Mild cramping, what could be going on?

I already had my period march 7 th 2014. Now march 19 th I started brown spotting. Mild cramping, what could be going on?

Breakthrough: This sounds like a hormone imbalance or breakthrough bleeding. Sometimes this occurs because estrogen and Progesterone (your 2 female hormones produced in ovary) are not in the right balance to each other. Sometimes it's due to pituitary or thyroid issues. And lasly, sometimes due to weight (too thin/heavy). If bothers you can consider birth control pills to help regulate. Best of luck.

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Period on 9/24, again on 10/6, followed by pink and brown spotting and cramps 10/15 through 10/17. negative HPT and negative OPK. Help.

Period on 9/24, again on 10/6, followed by pink and brown spotting and cramps 10/15 through 10/17. negative HPT and negative OPK. Help.

Irregular periods: 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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Brown spotting with small clots and lots of cramps and still have about a week n a half to 2 weeks till I start my period what's going on?

Brown spotting with small clots and lots of cramps and still have about a week n a half to 2 weeks till I start my period what's going on?

Possibilities: Spotting prior to period can occasionally occur prior to the onset of bleeding and not be a cause for worry, but there are other causes of irregular bleeding: pregnancy, fibroids, endometriosis, stds, infection, a cervical or uterine polyp. See your doctor to find out for sure.

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My period ended Thursday, Saturday I started brown spotting. Tuesday I began pinkish spotting, lower back has been hurting and cramps, help please?

My period ended Thursday, Saturday I started brown spotting. Tuesday I began pinkish spotting, lower back has been hurting and cramps, help please?

Don't Worry: Sometimes women have unusual menstrual cycles. You can have some irregular bleeding or spotting before or after your menses or even mid-cycle. It is probably a good idea to start keeping a calendar of when you bleed, spot, etc. To show your OB/GYN. Take ibuprofen, naproxen, or Acetaminophen for the cramping for the next 24-36 hours.