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Tan brown discharge w/ bead size blood clot thing b/ween 4/16-18, period came 4 days early, lighter than normal lasted super short, got real dark. Y?

Tan brown discharge w/ bead size blood clot thing b/ween 4/16-18, period came 4 days early, lighter than normal lasted super short, got real dark. Y?

It happens sometimes: Many women have occasional variation of their mucus discharge, some spotting between periods, a heavier period, a lighter period, a longer or shorter period, or even a missed period. Having one or two of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean there is a medical problem, but a visit to one’s primary care or ob-gyn doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. ...Read more

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I had an unusually extremely heavy period last month then this month it was 2 days early and lighter than normal with clots like usual. Am I pregnant?

I had an unusually extremely heavy period last month then this month it was 2 days early and lighter than normal with clots like usual. Am I pregnant?

Probably not: Regularly timed periods (not counting the amount of bleeding) are usually associated with not being pregnant. Pregnancy is associated with an absence of a period. Take a test, home pregnancy tests are very accurate if you're concerned and are sexually active. If you would like a more regular period, consider birth control as an option to help regulate. ...Read more

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Why would my period be lighter than normal and early?

Why would my period be lighter than normal and early?

Uncertain.: 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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I had my period Feb 16th through the 20th. It came a week early and was lighter than usual. It started again today. Never happened before. Normal?

I had my period Feb 16th through the 20th. It came a week early and was lighter than usual. It started again today. Never happened before. Normal?

What are your goals?: An early or late period from time to time is very common and usually no big deal. If your pregnancy test is negative then you are not pregnant. If your goal is to get pregnant then simply track your cycles over the next few months to see if they get back to normal. If you do not want to get pregnant see a doc for birth control which will also regulate your cycles. ...Read more

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My period came 10days early and only lasted 2 days and was lighter than normal. I'm 22 and this has never happened. Any suggestion on what could it be?

My period came 10days early and only lasted 2 days and was lighter than normal. I'm 22 and this has never happened. Any suggestion on what could it be?

Irregular period: 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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My period was early and a tiny bit lighter last month, but this month it was light and short when it's usually heavy and 7 days? I'm a virgin. Normal?

My period was early and a tiny bit lighter last month, but this month it was light and short when it's usually heavy and 7 days? I'm a virgin. Normal?

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 and hormonal changes can cause spotting. Exercise, weight loss, and stress can change your pattern. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Only bled a little bit this period. Wasn't late or early but wasn't a lot of blood. On bc for 8 months and this is lighter than usual. Is this normal?

Only bled a little bit this period. Wasn't late or early but wasn't a lot of blood. On bc for 8 months and this is lighter than usual. Is this normal?

OCP and period: It may be normal for you to have very light or no bleeding on birth control pills. The amount of bleeding relates to how thick is the lining that develops on the pill. This is influenced by the type of medications in the pill, your weight, how active you are, other medications you are taking, and whether you miss any pills. When you miss or have light periods, you could be pregnant as well. ...Read more

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My normal periods are heavy but yesterday I got my period early and its been lighter than usual, what does that mean?

My normal periods are heavy but yesterday I got my period early and its been lighter than usual, what does that mean?

Irergular 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. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. If you are trying to conceive the schedule a visit. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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My period usually lasts 5 days and this month it came a few days early and was unusually lighter than normal and lasted 3 1/2 days. Now I feel bloated?

My period usually lasts 5 days and this month it came a few days early and was unusually lighter than normal and lasted 3 1/2 days. Now I feel bloated?

Within normal range: Not sure if you are using contraception or not; usually the pill regulates your period. If you are not using contraception, watch for other signs of pregnancy. This light period might have been spotting associated with implantation or early pregnancy. Otherwise, this small variation in timing of period, duration and amount of flow would all be considered normal. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex, took ec, got period 2 weeks early and today got my period a month later, it's much lighter than usual, is this normal from ec?

Had unprotected sex, took ec, got period 2 weeks early and today got my period a month later, it's much lighter than usual, is this normal from ec?

Probably normal: I am not very concerned now. If irregular flow continues, see you gynecologist. Congrats on being responsible and using ec. You might want to get a std check since only condoms can protect you from std's. ...Read more

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Is it normal for my cervix to be closed during my period? Even though my period is lighter and a week early.

Is it normal for my cervix to be closed during my period? Even though my period is lighter and a week early.

No: The cervix tends to be lower and open a little around period time. You apparently know what is normal for your cervix during your period.
The fact that the bleeding is early and lighter than a period suggest that it's not a period, but rather irregular bleeding. ...Read more

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My period came 2 weeks early and is lighter than normal and I'm having very little cramping! Is this normal?

My period came 2 weeks early and is lighter than normal and I'm having very little cramping! Is this normal?

Irregular period: 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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Period 2 days early. Lasted 2days & was lighter than normal then spotting for a day when I wiped. Now I have constipation & headaches Is this normal?

Period 2 days early. Lasted 2days & was lighter than normal then spotting for a day when I wiped. Now I have constipation & headaches Is this normal?

Dehydration: Dehydration could potentially result in less bleeding during a period, constipation, and headaches. Staying well hydrated by drinking lots of water and other (caffeine free drinks), and getting regular exercise, such as walking 30 minutes per day, is often helpful for avoiding constipation and headaches. ...Read more

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I am on birth control and I got my period 2 weeks early and it is lasting longer than normal and is not getting lighter like it is going go stop soon.

I am on birth control and I got my period 2 weeks early and it is lasting longer than normal and is not getting lighter like it is going go stop soon.

Need evaluation: When you are on the birth control pill, there is often good control of when your period occurs with occasional breakthrough spotting. Daily bleeding unrelated to your cycle or pill-free week needs to be evaluated. Check a pregnancy test now and schedule a visit with your doctor! ...Read more

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Period normally regular and timed last month came 5 days late this month 2 days early and lighter than usual day after af pink blood clot n urine why?

Period normally regular and timed last month came 5 days late this month 2 days early and lighter than usual day after af pink blood clot n urine why?

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. ...Read more

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I am having (maybe) implantation bleeding as it is much lighter than my period and started 5 days early but my cervix is open like a period. Normal?

I am having (maybe) implantation bleeding as it is much lighter than my period and started 5 days early but my cervix is open like a period. Normal?

Implantation Bleedin: Most often, bleeding does not occur during implantation. When implantation bleeding does occur - it is usually very tiny amount of blood. If you have been bleeding for five days - it is very unlikely that this is due to implantation. ...Read more

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I had my period a week early and it was lighter than normal I've had every pregnancy symptom except a missed period and positive test what should I do?

I had my period a week early and it was lighter than normal I've had every pregnancy symptom except a missed period and positive test what should I do?

What are your goals?: An early or late period from time to time is very common and usually no big deal. If your pregnancy test is negative then you are not pregnant. If your goal is to get pregnant then simply track your cycles over the next few months to see if they get back to normal. If you do not want to get pregnant see a doc for birth control which will also regulate your cycles. ...Read more

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15 days on birth control. Stop. Get period five days early. Lighter then usual. Nipple tenderness. Is this normal?

15 days on birth control. Stop. Get period five days early. Lighter then usual. Nipple tenderness. Is this normal?

Normal: This is a pretty typical response to stopping bcp early in the middle of a pack. The hormone withdrawal induces bleeding and the nipple tenderness is usually an estrogen effect from the ovaries once again trying to make estrogen without Progesterone balance. ...Read more

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I am on month 3 or trisprintec (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol). My period is lighter than normal this month. How can I tell if this is my period or early pregnancy bleeding?

Urine pregnancy test: It is quite normal to have lighter periods on birth control pills, usually by 3 packs or so. To alleviate your concerns, a urine pregnancy test should be sufficient. ...Read more

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Hi, I don't know what is going on with my body Firstly, my period came a week early and was lighter than normal although it lasted a week and I wasn't having bad cramps I missed a couple of my birth control pills I have sore breasts and feel sick, a

Hi, I don't know what is going on with my body Firstly, my period came a week early and was lighter than normal although it lasted a week and I wasn't having bad cramps I missed a couple of my birth control pills I have sore breasts and feel sick, a

Missing pills: Missing birth control pills commonly causes a period to start early, and can cause other menstrual irregularity. Anytime you miss more than one pill in a pack of pills, you should stop taking the pills, discard that pack, and wait until after your next period starts and then start a new pack of pills. If you are concerned about possibility of pregnancy do a pregnancy test, but it is unlikely. ...Read more

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What does it mean when u have a lighter period then normal for the past two months?

What does it mean when u have a lighter period then normal for the past two months?

Probably normal: It may be normal. Periods may not be of same intensity every month. Having said that, I still recommend you see your gyn, get a pelvic exam and some basic blood tests. ...Read more

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Why would the flow if my period be lighter than normal?

Why would the flow if my period be lighter than normal?

I don't the reason.: 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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Lighter than normal period, no clots, and no cramps, should I be concerned?

Lighter than normal period, no clots, and no cramps, should I be concerned?

Congratulations!: At age 40, ovulation is not nearly as frequent and Mother Nature has "blessed" you. So no concern is needed. ...Read more

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Is it normal for the first day of your period to be lighter than your second day?

Is it normal for the first day of your period to be lighter than your second day?

Yes: The range of what's considered normal period bleeding is broad. A light first day is definitely within that range. ...Read more

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Period was a week late. Today it came and the flow is lighter than usual with clear slimy discharges. Is this normal?

Period was a week late. Today it came and the flow is lighter than usual with clear slimy discharges. Is this normal?

Probably: But to answer the question appropriately would need to examine you and see the discharge. If it keeps up and is disturbing, see an obstetrician/gynecologist. ...Read more

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What could cause 56 days in between period and then lighter period than normal for 9 days? Back and forth between red and brown color.

What could cause 56 days in between period and then lighter period than normal for 9 days? Back and forth between red and brown color.

LH, FSH, E, P: Periodic renewal of the uterine lining (endometrium) is controlled by the four hormones noted above. The most common cause of changes in menstrual flow (brown is older blood and used up endometrium, red is freshly lost blood) is changes in Estrogen or Progesterone, and all four hormones participate in the timing of menses. Consider consulting with a practitioner who specializes in female cycle. ...Read more

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Period is extremely lighter than normal, started off brownish and lasted about a day and a half with not much bleeding, what could cause this?

Period is extremely lighter than normal, started off brownish and lasted about a day and a half with not much bleeding, what could cause this?

Light menses: 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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Regular period starts on 2nd week of every month last month it start 2 weeks later this month it went back to the regular but w/lighter flow. Normal?

Regular period starts on 2nd week of every month last month it start 2 weeks later this month it went back to the regular but w/lighter flow. Normal?

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. ...Read more

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Took plan b 12hr after incident but it happened start of 2nd week of cycle, had period exactly a week later, lighter than usual, lasted 2.5day normal?

Took plan b 12hr after incident but it happened start of 2nd week of cycle, had period exactly a week later, lighter than usual, lasted 2.5day normal?

Normal: "incidents" should only happen if you are unprotected. If you are sexually active, use BC pills, see your GYN and ALWAYS use CONDOMS PLUS spermicidal jelly, foam, or vaginal inserts. Plan B can protect you, but it can cause bleeding and should not be used "Just for fun" ...Read more

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I took Plan B 2 months ago and my last periods were normal. But this period is lighter than usual. Its only heavy in the morning and lasted only 4 day?

Thank you: Thank you for letting us know. As you would learn if you read labels, Plan B will change and plain old wreak havoc on the menstrual cycle for two months. ...Read more

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Last period (began 25th dec) was normal but shorter than usual. Current period started on 23 and lighter for 4 days now, me&bf had protected sex prior?

Last period (began 25th dec) was normal but shorter than usual. Current period started on 23 and lighter for 4 days now, me&bf had protected sex prior?

Light periods: There is nothing wrong with light periods. Many people would happily trade with you. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. If you do not want to be pregnant at 17 then please consider birth control. This will also give you more control over your menstrual cycles ...Read more

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Three months ago instead of having the normal red color period I noticed it was a dark brown color I didn t think anything of it then the next month it was a little lighter color brown and the flow was a lot lighter then this month it is extremely light b

Three months ago instead of having the normal red color period I noticed it was a dark brown color I didn t think anything of it then the next month it was a little lighter color brown and the flow was a lot lighter then this month it is extremely light b

See you MD: There are many different reasons for a change in menstrual cycle. Your md will ask about your history. Age, medical conditions like thyroid disease and diabetes, life stress, strenuous exercise, and eating disorders are a few things which can affect the menses. A blood pregnancy test may be considered. ...Read more