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Is spotting considered a period?

Is spotting considered a period?

Generally not: Spotting is usually not associated with the normal menstrual period (menses). However some menses can be light and present like spotting. If you are generally regular with your menses and the "spotting" is occurring at a different time period then it's probably not your menstrual period. ...Read more

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Spotting (Definition)

Spotting (vaginal spotting) is a symptom in which a woman has light bleeding from the vagina between menstrual cycles. Spotting is usually very light and may be just a ...Read more


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Is it normal to have a two day period then two days of brown spotting? Is that considered a normal cycle?

Is it normal to have a two day period then two days of brown spotting? Is that considered a normal cycle?

Can take HPT: 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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Does spotting count as a period?

Does spotting count as a period?

Depends: In some people it can. If the woman has a condition and does not produce much estrogen then spotting would be a period. People on continuous cycling of oral contraceptive who go off can have light to spotting for a period. The use of Progesterone can inhibit the growth of the uterine lining so all you might get is spotting. I'm probably leaving others out, out of room too! ...Read more

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am I expercing spotting or period?

Not sure: Is it the time that your period would normally occur - if yes - it might be a light period. Is it as heavy as your normal period? ...Read more

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42 yr old spotting in between period?

42 yr old spotting in between period?

Mid cycle spotting: Best to see a gyn and get evaluated for your irregular spotting and dysfunctional uterine bleeding (dub). Good luck. ...Read more

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Why I am spotting after 19 days period?

Why I am spotting after 19 days period?

Please see your: Gynecologist if your period has lasted for 19 days. This could lead to anemia. Take care. ...Read more

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What's spotting vs regular lite period?

What's spotting vs regular lite period?

Spotting vs light: Spotting is not enough bleeding to acknowledge that one has a normal menstrual period. A light flow is usually not as heavy as the woman is used to, may be shorter too, however it can also be a variant of normal for some people. ...Read more

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What can cause a prolonged period/spotting?

MENOPAUSE: If you are having regular periods and now have a prolonged period, you could be beginning menopause. You need to see your family doctor. He might could help you with hormonal replacement therapy to regualte your period for a while. And you need to make sure by exam or usg that you do not have some pathology. ...Read more

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Spotting with next period after taking pill?

Spotting?: Are you asking about spotting during the next period after taking "the pill" for contraception? ...Read more

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Spotting 15 days before period what it means?

Spotting 15 days before period what it means?

Ovulation: Given the timing of the spotting, midcycle, this is most likely related to a brief, abrupt drop in estrogen that occurs with ovulation. Given your age, greater than 40, you must have this evaluated by your ob/gyn. This evaluation should include an exam, ultrasound and endometrial biopsy! ...Read more

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Is spotting normal a few days before a period?

Spotting/pre-period: Sometimes the drop in estrogen prior to the onset of a period occurs more gradually, which allows some of the uterine lining to degenerate slowly, resulting in spotting. When the estrogen level drops more, the characteristic bleeding of a menstrual cycle will begin. So this can be normal if a period starts after the spotting. If not, see your gyn provider for a serum HCG test. ...Read more

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What can cause spotting before a lady's period?

Hormonal imbalance: Hormonal imbalance. I recommend seeing your local primary care physician to help you come up with a treatment plan. ...Read more

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Spotting off and on before period, what's wrong?

Spotting off and on before period, what's wrong?

This could be: Break through bleeding associated with imbalance of hormones. ...Read more

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Spotting a week before period, what can this mean?

Spotting a week before period, what can this mean?

Often it means: Not enough progestterone in relation to estrogen, but can be form other causes like fibroids, polyps, etc., plese see your gyn for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean spotting before yo period means?

What does it mean spotting before yo period means?

Hormone imbalance: See your Primary care or GYN for exam ...Read more

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Dark, almost black spotting 10 days before period.

Dark, almost black spotting 10 days before period.

Ovulation: Often there is some bleeding at the time of ovulation. That blood can be slow to come out. By the time you see the blood it can be very dark or black. Mid cycle bleeding as you describe is usually due to ovulation. If unsure, see your doctor. ...Read more

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What r reasons for spotting after 19 days of period?

What r reasons for spotting after 19 days of period?

If you have had: Your period for 19 days - that warrants gynecologic evaluation. If you are having spotting 19 days after your period - that could be break through bleeding related to imbalances of Progesterone and estrogen. ...Read more

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What can cause spotting after 2 weeks of getting period?

Could you be: Pregnant? That could cause it or it could just be an irregular bleed that should straighten itself out ...Read more

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How can I tell the diffeeence betwwen spotting and period?

Definitions...: A period is bleeding that comes 2 weeks after ovulation. Spotting just means light bleeding. It can be during your period or from other causes. ...Read more

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Spotting 8-10 days before actual period. What does this mean?

Spotting 8-10 days before actual period. What does this mean?

Spotting: On BCP or IUD? Can have intermittent spotting. May also be variation, infection, occasionally fibroid, polyp and may need sonogram Would check HCG. F/u with doc ...Read more

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Spotting pink and brown 5 days before period what does it mean?

Spotting pink and brown 5 days before period what does it mean?

I'm not sure: There are a lot of possible reasons: just an early period, a pregnancy from the last cycle with some spotting as the fetus implants in the uterus lining, an old tampon that wasn't removed, an infection, the start of a miscarriage from the last cycle, something related to birth control pills, etc it depends on the age and history of the woman. If there are unusual cramps or no period, see M.D. ...Read more

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For what reasons do women experience spotting before their period?

For what reasons do women experience spotting before their period?

Breakthrough bleed: Many kinds of breathrough bleeding can occur. Spotting right before a period is usally Progesterone breakthrough; mid-cycle spotting is often estrogen breakthrough. ...Read more