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Can stress cause spotting when im not due for a period?

Can stress cause spotting when im not due for a period?

Spotting: Your menstrual cycle is predicated upon maintaining a delicate balance of fluctuating sex hormones. Many things, including stress, can interfere with its normal function. Intermenstraul spotting can also be due to an infection, so if the symptoms fail to clear, it is best to consult your gynecologist for a thorough examination and evaluation. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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Stress (Definition)

Stress affects most people in some way. Acute (sudden, short-term) stress leads to rapid changes throughout the body. Almost all body systems (the heart and blood vessels, immune system, lungs, digestive system, sensory organs, and brain) gear up to meet perceived danger. These stress responses could prove beneficial in a critical, life-or-death situation. Over time, however, repeated stressful situations put a strain on the body that may contribute to physical and psychological problems. Chronic (long-term) stress can have real health consequences and should be addressed like any other health concern. Fortunately, research is showing that lifestyle changes and stress-reduction techniques can help people learn ...Read more


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Can stress cause spotting instead of your period?

Can stress cause spotting instead of your period?

Yes : But take the appropriate precautions and check a pregnancy test. If pattern persists, see your OB doc. If it is then felt to be due to stress, ask for a referral to a psychologist for therapy to help you deal with your stress. ...Read more

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On tri-cylcen lo for over 1 yr. for past 4 mo. have had dark brown spotting 1 week before period. High stress time. Is this normal?

On tri-cylcen lo for over 1 yr. for past 4 mo. have had dark brown spotting 1 week before period. High stress time. Is this normal?

Breakthrough bleedin: Breakthrough bleeding (bleeding at the wrong time) is very common on birth control. It happens in about 1/3 of users. Its no big deal and usually self corrects over time. If you are not satisfied or it continues to happen then consider using a different birth control method. It is a common side effect and does not mean something is wrong or that the pill is not working. ...Read more

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I had my period one week ago and since then I have been spotting and its slightly heavier at the moment, could this be caused by stress?

I had my period one week ago and since then I have been spotting and its slightly heavier at the moment, could this be caused by stress?

Common problem : 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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Is it normal to be spotting a little after your period? Can it be due to stress?

Is it normal to be spotting a little after your period? Can it be due to stress?

Yes to both: This can be normal. If it happens all the time, I would let your OB know. Stress can cause periods to change in all sorts of ways. Talk to a therapist if you need to find ways to handle your stress and lower its impact on you. Cognitive therapy is great for this. Best wishes. ...Read more

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Can you have a period that only lasts about 6 hours, light-brown in color, very light flow or is this probably spotting? Also, 1 week late. (NO STRESS)

Can you have a period that only lasts about 6 hours, light-brown in color, very light flow or is this probably spotting? Also, 1 week late. (NO STRESS)

Light bleeding: ?: Light bleeding (brown color) may accompany implantation (early pregnancy). Pregnancy may exist in this case, The follicle cyst may still be present (not ruptured) and the onset of menstrual bleeding is delayed. If no bleeding in the next ten days, get a serum pregnancy test to be certain. ...Read more

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Why would I have spotting, backache, and no period? And I'm NOT stressed either. Taken 2 hpt and they were negative.

Why would I have spotting, backache, and no period? And I'm NOT stressed either. Taken 2 hpt and they were negative.

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon. Anovulatory cycles are one cause, and these result in hormonal imbalance. For more information please visit this site. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx ...Read more

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I'd sex since June 26th & I'd a period on Aug 4th however I'm irregular. I've been stressed out since then and have been spotting. I need advice.

I'd sex since June 26th & I'd a period on Aug 4th however I'm irregular. I've been stressed out since then and have been spotting. I need advice.

Test and see doctor: Take a pregnancy test even though you've been spotting. If negative, then no need to be stressed about the possibility of pregnancy. However, you should still see a doctor about the irregular bleeding. Irregular bleeding is common but still needs to be checked out. ...Read more

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Light spotting Sunday -(on and off on Tuesday)period is not due for 2 more days. Could this be stressed related? Or is it normal to spot before flow?

Light spotting Sunday -(on and off on Tuesday)period is not due for 2 more days. Could this be stressed related? Or is it normal to spot before flow?

Could be either: Stress can cause premenstrual spotting as well as normal physiologic processes for menstrual endometrial breakdown. In patients, who have fibroids this can also be a sign that they are present. ...Read more

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If a missed period due to stress occurs can you still be spotting?

If a missed period due to stress occurs can you still be spotting?

Yes: You certainly can. If you continue to miss periods and just have occasional spotting then one needs to look for another cause and see your physician. ...Read more

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I had light spotting few days before my period. Should I see my Dr. Worried stressed ty?

I had light spotting few days before my period. Should I see my Dr. Worried stressed ty?

Take a home test: If there is a chance you could be pregnant, take a home pregnancy test. Spotting can mean several things, and sometimes nothing. Did your period eventually come? If so, probably nothing to worry about. I do not see your age or if you take birth control, but those factors along with spotting can have other meanings. ...Read more

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My period is 5 days late and I have very light spotting. In stressing about this. Can co stand worrying about it keep it from coming?

My period is 5 days late and I have very light spotting. In stressing about this. Can co stand worrying about it keep it from coming?

Not sure of cause: 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 med problems. #1 reason is pregnancy.
Main reason for light periods is change in hormone levels. ...Read more

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My last period came for 24 hrs, with a day spotting. Normally it comes for 5 days w/ 2 days spotting. W/stress comes late. Should I worry?

My last period came for 24 hrs, with a day spotting. Normally it comes for 5 days w/ 2 days spotting. W/stress comes late. Should I worry?

Probably no: Stress can also affect your period flow and length. But, this could also be a sign of pregnancy. If your pregnancy test is negative, observe your next cycle.if you are still concerned, consider making an appointment for an exam ...Read more

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Iv been really stressed and my period has been a little weird. I didn't get my period one month then I got it this month on the 2nd and todays the 22nd and im spotting, is this normal for a 16-year-old?

Iv been really stressed and my period has been a little weird. I didn't get my period one month then I got it this month on the 2nd and todays the 22nd and im spotting, is this normal for a 16-year-old?

Irregular : Irregular periods are very common, especially in young women. Stress is a very real cause of abnormal or absent cycles. If there is a chance you could be pregnant, a pregnancy test should be done. Lastly if your abnormal cycles are an issue for you, you can start birth control pills in order to regulate your cycle. You will need to see a doctor for this.
Good luck. ...Read more

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I am having spotting after my period and have been going through a ton of emotional stress. Will this clear up on its own?

I am having spotting after my period and have been going through a ton of emotional stress. Will this clear up on its own?

Spotting: Spotting is 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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Light period for 17 days so far before was brown spotting, had no pain at all, I've been a little stressed lately and i generally feel weak and tired

Light period for 17 days so far before was brown spotting, had no pain at all, I've been a little stressed lately and i generally feel weak and tired

Probably from stress: What are your periods usually like?

If your periods are usually pretty normal, I wouldn't worry about this. A weird month of bleeding could be from stress. If it seems persistent or if your periods are always irregular and unpredictable, I'd talk to your ob/gyn. ...Read more

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Always reg. But Nov period came week early on 11/11. Dec only spotting start on 12/11. Still spotting been 8 days. Neg HPT. No stress no BC. Confused?

Always reg. But Nov period came week early on 11/11. Dec only spotting start on 12/11. Still spotting been 8 days. Neg HPT. No stress no BC. Confused?

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD.
Consult this site for more information on this topic.
http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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I finished my BC pill cycle and I'm not getting my period.I had some brow-red spotting close to the end of my cycle, I have been very stressed lately?

I finished my BC pill cycle and I'm not getting my period.I had some brow-red spotting close to the end of my cycle, I have been very stressed lately?

BC: If you have been taking your birth control as directed, the risk of pregnancy is low. Spotting is not uncommon even on the pill. However, to be sure, take a pregnancy test if you have missed your period. ...Read more

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Period 12 days late. Alot of stress last month. Light spotting for 3 days now. Tubes tied 2009. Just wait it out or see doc?

Period 12 days late. Alot of stress last month. Light spotting for 3 days now. Tubes tied 2009. Just wait it out or see doc?

Anovulatory cycle: The symptoms you describe suggest that you may not have ovulated this month. This may happen for a number of reasons. If you gained or lost weight over a short period, it may also cause your cycle to be irregular. Since your tubes were tied, the chance of pregnancy is very low. You should talk to your doctor to find out what is going on if it persists. ...Read more

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7 days til period, had brown and a bit red spotting for 2 days, stressed, virgin, not on birth control, what's wrong with me?

7 days til period, had brown and a bit red spotting for 2 days, stressed, virgin, not on birth control, what's wrong with me?

Normal response: You didn't mention your age but anovulatory cycles are very common in young women leading to irregular cycles such that some are "early" while others are "late" by a few days. If you're truly a virgin (not by just a technical definition), then we don't have worry about pregnancy, right? In other words, you're normal. But if still concerned, go c ur doc re thyroid disease & stress as common causes. ...Read more

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Likely explanation for spotting-turned-regular period that began 9 days after last period ended? Not on BC/not sexually active/no stress/no new meds.

Likely explanation for spotting-turned-regular period that began 9 days after last period ended? Not on BC/not sexually active/no stress/no new meds.

Spotting: Sometimes after ovulation, insufficient progesterone is produced in the corpus luteum (cells which are hormone producing after release of the egg). This can cause irregular spotting and then bleeding since the lining of the womb requires progesterone to remain intact after ovulation, and not degenerate, which causes the bleeding. If this continues, see your healthcare provider for testing. ...Read more

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Been ttc, I have been brown spotting to light period for 7 days. Nothing to even fill a tampon. Is it delayed due to stress of ttc? Negative hpt

Been ttc, I have been brown spotting to light period for 7 days. Nothing to even fill a tampon. Is it delayed due to stress of ttc? Negative hpt

Could be: Stress does have an impact on pituitary stimulus of ovulation and has been known to delay periods with such events as deaths in the family. Sometimes, when trying to conceive, less is more. Instead of stressing about timing and ovulation predictor kits, many couples conceive relaxing when on vacation. ...Read more

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Hi, I missed my period, due 3 weeks ago, ever since I've been spotting brown/light blood, I'm not sexually active and have been under stress?

Hi, I missed my period, due 3 weeks ago, ever since I've been spotting brown/light blood, I'm not sexually active and have been under stress?

Missed period: This presentation sounds like you had an anovulatory cycle where you the egg was not released from the ovary, however the uterine lining, waiting for it has just been dripping down over the last three weeks. If this continues, see your health care provider. Stress, weight loss, illness thyroid problems can all cause irregular or missed periods. If you have not been sexually active, your safe! ...Read more

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I haven't had sex since may13 but I got my period late due to stress I have had my period last week now my vagina is itching and I am spotting?

I haven't had sex since may13 but I got my period late due to stress I have had my period last week now my vagina is itching and I am spotting?

See a Provider: Your symptoms indicate that you need to be checked out for a vaginal infection. Yeast infections are common during stressful life situations. Try an otc remedy if you cannot be seen right away. An urgent care should be able to take care of you soon. ...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