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Last period- 4 days: three light, one medium and 5 days early. Normal- 7 days: heavy until last day. 3 days after last period, light spotting. Cause?

Last period- 4 days: three light, one medium and 5 days early. Normal- 7 days: heavy until last day. 3 days after last period, light spotting. Cause?

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

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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If you get your period a week after taking Plan B and then a light period/light spotting 10 days after your period is that normal? Please help!

If you get your period a week after taking Plan B and then a light period/light spotting 10 days after your period is that normal? Please help!

Yes: Plan b will change up the menstrual cycle since it works by preventing ovulation. Bleeding is expected. You should always take a pregnancy test after using Plan B to make sure that it worked. Please see your doctor to start a more reliable birth control method too. ...Read more

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I missed 3 months of my period. Light spotting a couple times when I wiped then nothing. I have pcos negative hpt and lost about 25#. What could it be?

I missed 3 months of my period. Light spotting a couple times when I wiped then nothing. I have pcos negative hpt and lost about 25#. What could it be?

Anovulatory cycles: During which an egg is not released, and there is no menstrual bleeding (period) are common, and in fact a hallmark of PCOS. It is great that you have lost weight but this does not necessarily reverse the process of PCOS which is actually related to multiple cysts on your ovaries. ...Read more

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19 days after last period, light spotting from red drops to pink when I wipe; lasting 7 days. Negative pregnancy tests. 1st month off b/c?

19 days after last period, light spotting from red drops to pink when I wipe; lasting 7 days. Negative pregnancy tests. 1st month off b/c?

Discontinuing pill: After stopping the contraceptive pill, irregular or breakthrough bleeding or even lack of periods can commonly occur even up to 6 months or a year. ...Read more

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6 days late for period. Light spotting and cramping 7 days ago, then again today but no other time. Very emotional tender beasts. Pregnant?

6 days late for period. Light spotting and cramping 7 days ago, then again today but no other time. Very emotional tender beasts. Pregnant?

I do not know: If you had unprotected sex around the time you ovulated, there is always the chance of pregnancy. Check a pregnancy test and you will have the answer. ...Read more

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3 day period, light spotting. Feeling naseaus, boobs feel a little odd, peeing more frequently, and have had unprotected sex. Could iI be pregnant?

3 day period, light spotting. Feeling naseaus, boobs feel a little odd, peeing more frequently, and have had unprotected sex. Could iI be pregnant?

Hard to tell: 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 if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after starting a "weird" period. An Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate, if any worrisome symptoms. ...Read more

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Negative pregnancy tests itchy boobs no period light spotting done lower back pain and left side lower pain throwing up not every day headaches preg?

Negative pregnancy tests itchy boobs no period light spotting done lower back pain and left side lower pain throwing up not every day headaches preg?

See details: One thing is certain: you are not pregnant if the tests are negative. See a doctor and have the GI and other issues evaluated. Also speak with a gynecologist about the absence of periods. ...Read more

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Oct. Got 2 Bc shot. No period. Nov. 11 day period light/spotting most days. Hurting tummy&headache, dizzy, nausea, bloated.& few more symptoms. 2 neg. Test?

Oct. Got 2 Bc shot. No period. Nov. 11 day period light/spotting most days. Hurting tummy&headache, dizzy, nausea, bloated.& few more symptoms. 2 neg. Test?

BC shots?: If you received shots of "Depo-Provera" for "bc" (birth control?), this long acting progesterone will produce menstrual irregularities. If you have had sexual relations, the most accurate way to detect pregnancy is by a serum HCG test, which you can get from your gyn provider, or Planned Parenthood. ...Read more

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Took plan b 2 days after period. Now it's 4 days before expected period and light spotting. Is this normal?

Took plan b 2 days after period. Now it's 4 days before expected period and light spotting. Is this normal?

Could be: Plan B does alter hormonal status and may cause irregular bleeding. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex.
Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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I've been on the Nuvaring for a few years, recently I've been getting a long period of light spotting for 3 weeks or so?

I've been on the Nuvaring for a few years, recently I've been getting a long period of light spotting for 3 weeks or so?

Sure: Breakthrough bleeding is when someone bleeds at the wrong time while on birth control such as Nuvaring. It usually resolves on its own and does not mean something is wrong with the birth control. Sometimes removing the Nuvaring for 5 days and then placing a new one hits the reset button and stops breakthrough bleeding ...Read more

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4days late for period & got light spotting, dark brown. It stop & started 3hrs later. Then I passed a thumbsized clot & only spotted. No real menstruat?

4days late for period & got light spotting, dark brown. It stop & started 3hrs later. Then I passed a thumbsized clot & only spotted. No real menstruat?

Need more info: If you had sex since your last period, you may be going through an early spontaneous loss of pregnancy. You my do a home pregnancy test, or better yet, get a blood test for HCG level so that you may follow the level of HCG over the next few days.
Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex. ...Read more

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I'm a breastfeeding mum and I've been spotting now for 2 weeks, I'm really worried. No full period just light spotting. My daughter is 4?

I'm a breastfeeding mum and I've been spotting now for 2 weeks, I'm really worried. No full period just light spotting. My daughter is 4?

Light is ok: Light spotting is considered a normal occurrence, however, if it becomes heavy or prolonged, uou should check it out with your OB to makes sure you do not have dysfunctional bleeding ...Read more

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10 days after period, light pink spotting when I wipe after I use the bathroom. What's the cause of this? Iv had unprotected sex.

10 days after period, light pink spotting when I wipe after I use the bathroom. What's the cause of this? Iv had unprotected sex.

Infection? STD?: Any abnormal, new or unexplained vaginal discharge should be professionally evaluated, and colored discharge or vaginal bleeding (sounds like you might have both) often indicate infection. At your age, the most common genital infections are STDs like chlamydia or gonorrhea, and it sounds like you might be at risk for STDs. See your doctor soon. ...Read more

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10 day period. Alternating between light, spotting, and medium. After 55 day annovulatory cycle. Cycles differ from 42-66 days.

10 day period. Alternating between light, spotting, and medium. After 55 day annovulatory cycle. Cycles differ from 42-66 days.

Prolonged periods: Are common among women who have annovulatory cycles, and are not reason for concern, unless bleeding is heavy. A prolonged period can cause a woman to develop anemia, especially if the bleeding is heavy. Make sure your diet is rich in iron, and consider taking an iron supplement during your period. If you feel more weak, tired, or lightheaded than usual, have your hemoglobin checked. ...Read more

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It's been since march 7th since I've had a period. I had light spotting for three days. Two weeks later I tested came back negative. What do I do?

Anovulatory bleeding: Pregnancy is always on the list of possibilities when a woman has abnormal uterine bleeding or cycles. You may also be having anovulatory cycles (cycle without producing an egg from the ovary). If a urine pregnancy test is negative, I would recommend evaluation by your gynecologist, and treatment will depend on the cause of the abnormal bleeding and your current short-term pregnancy goals. ...Read more

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I'm 29 days late with no sign of my period. Xmas had light spotting one day. Negative hpt what is going on with me?

I'm 29 days late with no sign of my period. Xmas had light spotting one day. Negative hpt what is going on with me?

Anovulatory bleeding: Pregnancy is always on the list of possibilities when a woman has abnormal uterine bleeding or cycles. You may be having anovulatory cycles (cycle without producing an egg from the ovary). If a urine pregnancy test is negative, I would recommend evaluation by your gynecologist, and treatment will depend on the cause of the abnormal bleeding and your current short-term pregnancy goals. ...Read more

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Had unprotected sex for 4 days after period then had light spotting for a week? What does this mean? Been feeling sick too in mornings

Had unprotected sex for 4 days after period then had light spotting for a week? What does this mean? Been feeling sick too in mornings

Abnormal Bleeding: This is what we would call abnormal uterine bleeding. There are many causes of AUB that don't specifically have to do with the menstrual cycle. This requires evaluation by a physician to determine exactly what is happening based on your past medical, surgical and menstrual history. ...Read more

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Haven't gotten my period but been light spotting for 3 months im not on bc & p test r negative I have had sex 3 times since nov?

Haven't gotten my period but been light spotting for 3 months im not on bc & p test r negative I have had sex 3 times since nov?

See a doctor.: Home pregnancy tests are very reliable, so it is unlikely (though not impossible) you are pregnant if you are reading the results correctly. Regardless, you should visit your doctor to determine the cause of your missed periods. If you are not wanting to be pregnant you should discuss birth control which will also help with cycle control. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have 1/2day heavy period and 3days light spotting? What could cause this? Not normal frequent unprotected sex neg hpt 1wk after cycle

Is it normal to have 1/2day heavy period and 3days light spotting? What could cause this? Not normal frequent unprotected sex neg hpt 1wk after cycle

Yes: Depending on the thickness of the endometrial lining, which determines the extent of menstraul bleeding. Menometrorrhagia, or heavy menstraul bleeding in between cycle can occur due to hormonal changes, pelvic inflammatory disease, endometriosis, thyroid abnormality. Miscarriage can also presents with similar symptoms with negative urine pregnancy test at earlier stage of pregnancy. ...Read more

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Have very regular heavy periods. This month started spotting 5 days before period due. Continued light spotting 5 days. Never got period. Neg pregtest?

Spotting: 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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