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Brown discharge instead of period, no blood a lot lighter than usual, slight cramps, normal? Pregnant? I'm 22 and usualy heavy red periods

Brown discharge instead of period, no blood a lot lighter than usual, slight cramps, normal? Pregnant? I'm 22 and usualy heavy red periods

Home pregnancy test: If you are 4-5 days past the date of your expected period, you may do a home pregnancy test. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions in the kit carefully. ...Read more

Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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My period is on time but much lighter than usual, could I be pregnant?

My period is on time but much lighter than usual, could I be pregnant?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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Had sex two days before my period, I got my period and it was fine till day four it seemed lighter then usual could I be pregnant?

Had sex two days before my period, I got my period and it was fine till day four it seemed lighter then usual could I be pregnant?

Unlikely: There is low chance for pregnancy at this stage of your cycle and the light period is most likely not caused by pregnancy at this point. It might be just a slightly different period. If you did not use protection, I would still wait a couple of weeks and test for pregnancy to be sure. If you don't want to get pregnant, you should consider using condoms (which will protect your from an STD too) ...Read more

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Soar throat, big headeche, body eche, my 3rd day on my period but my period is lighter than the usual & not alot than the usual. Could I be pregnant?

Soar throat, big headeche, body eche, my 3rd day on my period but my period is lighter than the usual & not alot than the usual. Could I be pregnant?

I'd bet 'No! ': Having a period - even lighter than usual - should be the key. All the pain symptoms you note have zero to do w/ it. Did you have unprotected sex? If you don't want a baby or STD, don't! But this time you seem to be not pregnant - You can waste $ on a test if you want. Best wishes! ...Read more

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My period is lighter than usual. Should I take a pregnancy test?

My period is lighter than usual. Should I take a pregnancy test?

Yes: Always err on the side of being conservative when you cycle changes and check a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I had my period 3weeks late in April it was lighter than usual. I had 4pregnancy tests done all negative. I'm having some symptoms. Could I be pregnant?

I had my period 3weeks late in April it was lighter than usual. I had 4pregnancy tests done all negative. I'm having some symptoms. Could I be pregnant?

You bled: I am not sure what you specifically mean by "some symptoms". It is never a good idea to be ambiguous when communicating a question to a physician. You have had four tests that say you are not pregnant. It sure sounds like you need to figure out why your ovaries have shut down and stopped ovulating. ...Read more

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Can I be pregnant? I'm experiencing loss of appietite, nausa, headaches, backaches, tirednes dizzyspells and my period is lighter than usual.

Can I be pregnant? I'm experiencing loss of appietite, nausa, headaches, backaches, tirednes dizzyspells and my period is lighter than usual.

Unlikely: If you did not miss your period, you are unlikely to be pregnant. If you did miss your period by more than 5 days you may do a home pregnancy test. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully. ...Read more

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My period came on time but lighter and shorter than usual. I am now spotting in pinkish color. Could I be pregnant?

My period came on time but lighter and shorter than usual. I am now spotting in pinkish color. Could I be pregnant?

Possibly: Take a home pregnancy test. They turn positive within 72 hours before the start of your expected period. If it's negative, repeat in 1 week. ...Read more

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I just got my period but it is extremely lighter than usual and I had unprotected sex the two days before it started, could I be pregnant?

I just got my period but it is extremely lighter than usual and I had unprotected sex the two days before it started, could I be pregnant?

Take the test: If you want to know if you are pregnant, take a test. In today's world you do not need to wonder if you are pregnant or not based on symptoms. Pregnancy tests are available at any pharmacy and in minutes you will have your answer. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex about 5 days ago and got my period the next day but only lasted 4 days but is usually 7 days, it was lighter than usual and then just stopped. Could I be pregnant?

I had unprotected sex about 5 days ago and got my period the next day but only lasted 4 days but is usually 7 days, it was lighter than usual and then just stopped. Could I be pregnant?

Unlikely, but...: 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. That said, a 4-day menstrual period is likely a real menstrual period. If worried, one can do a urine pregnancy test, which gives a reliable result about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. ...Read more

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My period was very late, and it seems lighter than usual. I have had unprotected sex before my period came and sperm also got in, could I be pregnant?

Dr. Jie Xu Dr. Xu
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My period was very late, and it seems lighter than usual. I have had unprotected sex before my period came and sperm also got in, could I be pregnant?

Home pregnancy test.: Take a home pregnancy test. The average monthly risk of pregnancy from unprotected sex is ~20%. If you want to decrease that risk, speak to your doctor about all the birth control methods available. Best of luck! ...Read more

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Tubes tied but having pregnancy symptoms could I be pregnant period due 7/21/17 last period lighter than usual?

Tubes tied but having pregnancy symptoms could I be pregnant period due 7/21/17 last period lighter than usual?

Unlikely: Current Bilateral Tubal Ligation procedures include cutting out section of tubes, burning ends, then applying metal clip to end, which makes natural reattachment almost impossible, and surgical reattachment very difficult. ...Read more

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Period came 2 days early, lasted 6 days. A tiny bit lighter than usual but could still use tampons. Could I still be pregnant?

Period came 2 days early, lasted 6 days. A tiny bit lighter than usual but could still use tampons. Could I still be pregnant?

Below: Prob not with the period you are describing.

If you are concerned, wait one week and do a HPT.

If you are having sex without contraception, you will eventually get PG. ...Read more

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Pregnant? Period came 32 days after last cycle (late) but is lighter & shorter than usual. Fooled around 23 days prior to "period"

Pregnant? Period came 32 days after last cycle (late) but is lighter & shorter than usual. Fooled around 23 days prior to "period"

Ovulation: Two things here. You failed to tell us if you fooled around when you were ovulating. This is vital information that every menstruating female should know by heart. And second, bleeding represents not pregnant if it occurs at a time when your normal period should happen. If you have any doubts you can do a pregnancy test, but I would bet given the bleeding that you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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Had period at expected time, not as painful as usual and it was a lot lighter, lasted the normal 4 days. Is it because I'm on b/c pill or pregnant?

Had period at expected time, not as painful as usual and it was a lot lighter, lasted the normal 4 days. Is it because I'm on b/c pill or pregnant?

Pill: The oral contraceptive pill actually produces a "period" via hormone withdrawal bleeding. Moreover, the endometrial lining is not as thick when on the pill which is one of the secondary methods of contraception by preventing inadvertent implantation. All of this is true only if you have not skipped any pills and if you have run a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Had sex week before period was due. Period came but was lighter than usual but still heavy. Could I still be pregnant? Also recently stopped bc

Had sex week before period was due. Period came but was lighter than usual but still heavy. Could I still be pregnant? Also recently stopped bc

Highly unlikely: Fetus won't survive with menstruations as the uterus lining is shedding and there is no place to implant. With shedding, blood gets expelled from the vagina. ...Read more

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I was to get my period on Tuesday October 27 but it came two days early and was lighter than usual. The first day is was bright red and the next two day a brownish color. I did a test this morning and it came back negitive. Could I still be pregnant?

I was to get my period on Tuesday October 27 but it came two days early and was lighter than usual. The first day is was bright red and the next two day a brownish color. I did a test this morning and it came back negitive. Could I still be pregnant?

Not likely: Not all periods are the exact same as far as timing, length, or heaviness. Nature just is not that perfectly regulated. You had a period and have a negative pregnancy test. I "never say never", but it is very unlikely that you are pregnant. ...Read more

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Can I be pregnant if I had a shorter (3days) and lighter period than usual. My norm periods are 7 days & aren't light til the last 2/3 days?

Can I be pregnant if I had a shorter (3days) and lighter period than usual. My norm periods are 7 days & aren't light til the last 2/3 days?

Can do a preg. Test: Maybe yes. Maybe no. A urine pregnancy test, done correctly, gives a reliable result 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period, or after having a "weird" period. If done sooner, a positive result is likely real, but a negative result may be due to testing too soon, and thus lead to a repeat test. ...Read more

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How likely is it to be pregnant and still get a light period? Lighter than your usual flow.

If u are preg: It is not a period but u can be pregnant and have 1st trimester bleeding so please check a urine preg test, if neg. Then do a blood one. ...Read more

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I have come on my period early and its lighter than usual im wondering if I couls be pregnant?

I have come on my period early and its lighter than usual im wondering if I couls be pregnant?

? Sex: If you had unprotected sex around when you ovulated, you could be pregnant. The fact that you have a period, even a light one is less likely, but do a pregnancy test to be safe. The over the counter urine tests are very accurate. Best wishes. ...Read more

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A lighter period than usual, only lasted 3 days, no pms. Positive I'm not pregnant. What's the problem?

A lighter period than usual, only lasted 3 days, no pms. Positive I'm not pregnant. What's the problem?

Not sure.: 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 getting my period 10 days early mean im pregnant? Missed 2 birth contriol pills, and period is lasting longer and lighter than usual.

Not likely: If you are having a regular period, not just spotting, you are not likely to be pregnant. If you have any doubt, you may do a home pregnancy test using first morning urine and following the instructions carefully. It would be useful to wait for about a week after the missed period to do the test. ...Read more

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Pregnancy (Definition)

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Menstrual Period (Definition)

Menstrual period is a medical term for the monthly bleeding ...Read more