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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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I've been spotting for 5 days on and off, its not heavy and period is due in 3 days. It changes from bright red to light pink. Hpt negative?

I've been spotting for 5 days on and off, its not heavy and period is due in 3 days. It changes from bright red to light pink. Hpt negative?

See a doctor.: Bleeding in between your periods is not normal. Have your hormones checked. Get a pelvic ultrasound to rule out thick lining, polyps, and fibroids.

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I've been spotting for 5 days now, not heavy but moderate and I'm on birth control (depo). I haven't had intercourse in two weeks. I've been on birth control for awhile now so this spotting is new to me.

I've been spotting for 5 days now, not heavy but moderate and I'm on birth control (depo). I haven't had intercourse in two weeks. I've been on birth control for awhile now so this spotting is new to me.

Spotting: Depo Provera (medroxyprogesterone) is a very effective form of birth control. Many women do not have a menstrual cycle, although some women do begin to bleed or spot just before their next dose is due (usually every 3 months). This may be the case for you. Also, just so you know, the current recommendation is to switch to another form of birth control after 2 years of continuous Depo-Provera use. Best wishes!

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I've been spotting for 5 days and light pink to light discharge I'm wondering what maybe going on pregnancy or something else?

I've been spotting for 5 days and light pink to light discharge I'm wondering what maybe going on pregnancy or something else?

Light spotting: At 37, ovulation may be delayed, and this sort of spotting may be related to ovulatory discharge and not a true "period", which may in fact come two weeks later than this. To be certain, obtain a serum HCG test for pregnancy, Irregular ovulation may occur at this time in your reproductive life, and become regular again for several years. Consult your healthcare provider for appropriate testing.

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Around time of possible ovulation, I started spotting dark brown blood and cramping (some heavy cramps, some light). I've been spotting for 5 days. ?

Around time of possible ovulation, I started spotting dark brown blood and cramping (some heavy cramps, some light). I've been spotting for 5 days. ?

Spotting /cramping: Please have someone take you today to the nearest Emergency facility. They will either be able to fully help you or they will contact a specialist for advice. Hope all goes well - please keep me posted.

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Last time I had my period was august 19th and it is now november 3rd. I've been spotting for the last five days very light pink and brown?

Last time I had my period was august 19th and it is now november 3rd. I've been spotting for the last five days very light pink and brown?

Prob irreg period: Sounds like an irregular period. Brown usually means old blood that has been sitting at the back of the vagina. If this is not typical for you then track your cycles for the next few months to see if they normalize. Often things get back to normal the next cycle.

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I've been spotting for 4-5 days and was suppose to start my period 3 days ago...Is it my period or implantation bleeding?

I've been spotting for 4-5 days and was suppose to start my period 3 days ago...Is it my period or implantation bleeding?

Implantation bleeding is much more common on the internet than in real life.: It occurs rarely and exclusively in someone who is pregnant. The only way to know if someone had implantation bleeding or just irregular menstrual bleeding is to wait and see if you are pregnant. If your test is positive then this was implantation bleeding. If it is negative then it is just irregular menstrual bleeding.

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After my period ended I've been cramping and spotting pink for 5 days?

Not abnormal: This is a common occurrence. It is likely just blood continuing to clear from the uterus after the period. Shouldn't be a long term issue, and may not occur again. But then again, it could. By itself, if this only occurs every few periods or so (few times a year) would it require any further workup.

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I've been spotting bright red blood for five days now. I took the plan B pill on the 16th. Could this be implantation bleeding or just a light period?

I've been spotting bright red blood for five days now. I took the plan B pill on the 16th. Could this be implantation bleeding or just a light period?

A person can't tell: Wait and test. A positive pregnancy test can tell a woman that prior spotting was actually implantation spotting. It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred).

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I am starting the last week of my blue pills on sprintec. I have been spotting a dark brown for five days. This is my fifth month on sprintec? Normal?

I am starting the last week of my blue pills on sprintec. I have been spotting a dark brown for five days. This is my fifth month on sprintec? Normal?

Breathrough bleed: 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.

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Why would I start spotting five days after a hysteroscopy and d and c?

Why would I start spotting five days after a hysteroscopy and d and c?

Probably normal: Light bleeding even five days after hysteroscopy is normal. However, if the bleeding requires pad change every hour or two, or if you have fever or pain, notify your doctor.

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So I had brown cm then spotting for five days and now two days later I have slight cramps. What could cause this?

So I had brown cm then spotting for five days and now two days later I have slight cramps. What could cause this?

Unclear: If you are sexually active, irregular/ abnormal bleeding is worrisome. If you are not, then one 'abnormal' cycle is not a problem. I wouldn't worry about it.

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Hi, I've come on five days early, only had my menstrual cycle for one day, now there's brown spotting. Should I be worried?

Hi, I've come on five days early, only had my menstrual cycle for one day, now there's brown spotting. Should I be worried?

See below.: If you did not have unprotected sex, there is no need to worry. 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. Get HPV vaccine.

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I'm still spotting from having a Pap smear five days ago. Is that normal?

I'm still spotting from having a Pap smear five days ago. Is that normal?

It can be normal: It depends upon how aggressively the MD did the Pap smear and how many cells were removed.

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If I spot for 3 day's is that implantation bleeding. Then it start back five days later spotting again what's going on?

If I spot for 3 day's is that implantation bleeding. Then it start back five days later spotting again what's going on?

Can do a preg. Test: A positive home urine pregnancy test can tell a woman that PRIOR spotting was actually implantation spotting. It can be hard to tell if she is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result about 3 weeks after sex, 1 week after missing a period, or 1 week after having a "weird" period.

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Spotted pink for five days or so before period then had a fairly heavy period. Then after a ciuple weeks just started spotting again?

Spotted pink for five days or so before period then had a fairly heavy period. Then after a ciuple weeks just started spotting again?

Common complaint: 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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five days late on my period and today I got a light pink spotting and I took a test yesterday and it was negative. What does this mean?

five days late on my period and today I got a light pink spotting and I took a test yesterday and it was negative. What does this mean?

You may start: But if you don't, check another test or check a serum test as a urine test may rarely be a false negative.