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I had my normal period for 5 days and after my period stopped I started spotting the next day and now I have been spotting for two days and it's pink?

I had my normal period for 5 days and after my period stopped I started spotting the next day and now I have been spotting for two days and it's pink?

Not rare: This simply means there was more blood that needed to come out when your cycle ended. Monitor over the next few months to see if this continues. If you want better cycle control consider birth control. ...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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Unprotected sex on day 2 of period & my boyfriend came inside me. My period suddenly stopped & I started spotting & discharge. Pregnant?

Unprotected sex on day 2 of period & my boyfriend came inside me. My period suddenly stopped & I started spotting & discharge. Pregnant?

DOUBTFUL: If you are regular in your cycle, and you were in fact having your period during sex, there is really no chance you would get pregnant. You ovulate mid cycle with would be 2-3 weeks away form when you had sex. I highly recommend you google the research the female cycle and educate yourself on when the most likely time to get pregnant is. If you do not want to get pregnant, bc would help. Good luck. ...Read more

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My last real period and was sept 20-25 then I stopped then I started spotting a week later and still spotting? What could be the problem?

My last real period and was sept 20-25 then I stopped then I started spotting a week later and still spotting? What could be the problem?

Irregular periods: Irregular periods are one of the most common problems Obgyns treat. If this is a 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 started on December 24th then again January 15th a week earlier than usual. Then I started spotting 3 days after it stopped. What's going on?

Period started on December 24th then again January 15th a week earlier than usual. Then I started spotting 3 days after it stopped. What's going on?

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. 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 haven't had a period in over a year and I just started spotting the other day and it stopped what can cause that?

I haven't had a period in over a year and I just started spotting the other day and it stopped what can cause that?

Menses: There has to be more to this story. Why have you not had a period in a year? Is because of birth control? Illness? Anorexia? Other hormone treatment? If you do not know the answers to this question then perhaps it is time to get a gynecologist involved. If you cannot afford one then please go see the experts at planned parenthood. ...Read more

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My period was feb 4-7 and 2 days after the 7th I started spotting and haven't stopped since. Should I be worried?

My period was feb 4-7 and 2 days after the 7th I started spotting and haven't stopped since. Should I be worried?

Your hormones: Are likely in flux for whatever reason, and you would need to be patient to see if things would settle down. Menstrual fluctuations are affected by many different factors, including nutrition, psychological state of mind, stress, infections/ illnesses, etc. If things continue to be irregular or unpredictable in the next couple of months, go see a family or GYN physician for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I started spotting today after a workout I thought it was my period but it stopped shortly after what does that mean?

I started spotting today after a workout I thought it was my period but it stopped shortly after what does that mean?

Likely ok: Probably nothing more than a local irritation. Was it in urine or from vagina? Heavy running for long period has been known to cause blood in urine. Otherwise, local irritation likely and not to worry. ...Read more

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I was spotting on and off before my period then it stopped and I was a week late on my period then it came now I started spotting again?

I was spotting on and off before my period then it stopped and I was a week late on my period then it came now I started spotting again?

Many causes: There are many causes for irregular periods. Take a pregnancy test if there is any chance of pregnancy. If not then stress, hormonal shifts or thyroid issues can cause spotting and irregular periods. If you have been regular up to now it should straighten out in a few months. If this does not resolve see your doctor for an exam and some testing. ...Read more

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My period stopped jan 10, and the following friday jan 17 I started spotting. It hasn't stopped it's just on and off. Why would I be spotting?

My period stopped jan 10, and the following friday jan 17 I started spotting. It hasn't stopped it's just on and off. Why would I be spotting?

Unsure: Sometimes that just happens for no apparent reason and nothing needs to be done. It could possibly be due to ovulation and again that just happens and nothing needs to be done. If the bleeding is problematic or if you are worried then see your doctor. ...Read more

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My period started a week later than the usual time, and a very light period. Stopped in 4 days. After a week I started spotting and then heavy bleedin?

My period started a week later than the usual time, and a very light period. Stopped in 4 days. After a week I started spotting and then heavy bleedin?

Hormonal? Anatomy?: Need to undergo a Thyroid profile and CBC. This is age dependent. Need more information....

An Ultrasound would be helpful. Could be amenable with hormonal therapies. Surgery is an option if it is needed.

Hormonal issues are very common. Once that is ruled out...anatomical concerns are on the table.
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Two period last month took two test came positive went took a blood test was positive hCG 6 started spotting for 3 sec then stopped. Answers?

Two period last month took two test came positive went took a blood test was positive hCG 6 started spotting for 3 sec then stopped. Answers?

Pregnancy tests: The home pregnancy test generally comes positive at an hCG level of about 50. Given that you had two positive home tests and afterwards a blood test with a level of only 6 I would think that there is a good possibility that you have an abnormal pregnancy, most likely a miscarriage in process. You should get another hCG in 3 days to see what the level is then. In normal preg. HCG doubles every 3 d. ...Read more

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I'm 2wks early on my period. When I spotted it was red/orange in color. I started spotting @ 10pm and it completely stopped @10am. Why might this be?

I'm 2wks early on my period. When I spotted it was red/orange in color. I started spotting @ 10pm and it completely stopped @10am. Why might this be?

2 weeks: Two weeks before your period is due is when ovulation occurs and spotting can occur then due to the hormonal swings that accompany ovulation. This is the most likely explaination for your spotting unless you have other problems. Hope this helps. ...Read more

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My period was a week late. It stopped after 4 days and I started spotting a day later which lasted 2 days. Ever since, I have had cramps. What's wrong.

My period was a week late. It stopped after 4 days and I started spotting a day later which lasted 2 days. Ever since, I have had cramps. What's wrong.

Mutiple possibilties: Make sure you are not pregnant. You can do a urine test which is fairly accurate. If you are not pregnant, there are a variety of conditions which can result in a late cycle. If it persists, see a gynecologist. ...Read more

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Had my period got off, didn't bleed for 24 hrs & out of no where I started spotting then stopped, didn't spot for 17 & a 1/2 hrs now I'm spotting why?

Had my period got off, didn't bleed for 24 hrs & out of no where I started spotting then stopped, didn't spot for 17 & a 1/2 hrs now I'm spotting why?

Many possibilities.: There are many possibilities. If you are on birth control it could be related to that. It could be an infection. It could be hormonal or pregnancy related. Please get evaluated. ...Read more

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On birth control for 8 years started spotting on august 23 stopped september 1st. September 2nd on period. This is my normal week for period not preg!

On birth control for 8 years started spotting on august 23 stopped september 1st. September 2nd on period. This is my normal week for period not preg!

Stressed out?: The fact that you have been on birth control pills for years would imply stability, but something may be different this summer. Maybe a different generic of your usual pill, more stress in your life affecting you, significant changes in weight / diet / relationships. Hopefully, this is just a bump in the road, and you'll get back on track with the next couple of cycles... ...Read more

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I Stopped Taken My Birth Control Pills Had Sex Period Was On For A Day Then Started Spotting And Still Not On Wat Do That Mean?

I Stopped Taken My Birth Control Pills Had Sex Period Was On For A Day Then Started Spotting And Still Not On Wat Do That Mean?

DoPregnancyTestFirst: Since you seem to have missed your regular period. I suggest you do a Pregnancy test to rule out pregnancy. If negative test then wait and see if you get your period and if still no period then check with your Gynecologist ...Read more

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On starting metformin I started spotting continuously for 1.5 cycles. After my last period, the spotting stopped. Did metformin tone my uterus?

On starting metformin I started spotting continuously for 1.5 cycles. After my last period, the spotting stopped. Did metformin tone my uterus?

Not likely: Metformin doesn't tone the uterus but rather controls your sugar in your body and helps regulate body fat and in turn your peripheral estrogen supply.
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Stopped trinessa (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) mid pack in July got my periods July 15th Aug 15th late Sept 21st started spotting mostly brown October 13th still spotting not pregn?

Stopped trinessa (norgestimate and ethinyl estradiol) mid pack in July got my periods July 15th Aug 15th late Sept 21st started spotting mostly brown October 13th still spotting not pregn?

Need preg test: Though late, you seemed to get a period every month after you stopped the pill until October. Then just spotting. You need to do a home pregnancy test. It is not uncommon for women to spot during early pregnancy. Do a couple. Either way, positive or negative, call/see your doctor. Either for evaluation of spotting/missed period or prenatal care. Take a prenatal vitamin! Good luck! ...Read more

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I started my me period on Nov 6th 2015. Lasted til Nov 9th. On Nov 23rd I started spotting on and off til this day Dec 2nd (still spotting).

I started my me period on Nov 6th 2015. Lasted til Nov 9th. On Nov 23rd I started spotting on and off til this day Dec 2nd (still spotting).

Your hormones: Are likely in flux for whatever reason, and you would need to be patient to see if things would settle down. Menstrual fluctuations are affected by many different factors, including nutrition, psychological state of mind, stress, infections/ illnesses, etc. If things continue to be irregular or unpredictable in the next couple of months, go see a family or GYN physician for proper diagnosis. ...Read more

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I have been on the injection for 2years and have never had spotting or a period but today it seem I've started spotting, why is this and is it normal?

I have been on the injection for 2years and have never had spotting or a period but today it seem I've started spotting, why is this and is it normal?

Uncommon: This is uncommon but not always abnormal. The progestin in the contraceptive shot (Depo-provera in the US) prevents the lining of the uterus from growing. Sometimes there will be some spotting near the time the next injection is due. Since this can also be due to an infection or an inflame or irritated cervix, it would be a good idea to see your doctor for an exam. ...Read more

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I started A heavy 3 day from what I believed period november 9th. And now 3 weeks later today november 30th. I started spotting a light pinkish color?

I started A heavy 3 day from what I believed period november 9th. And now 3 weeks later today november 30th. I started spotting a light pinkish color?

Spotting: If you were not using birth control and you had unprotected sex, get a serum HCG test to check for pregnancy. If no sex. This may just be "ovulation spotting", or just the start of another period. If this pattern continues, see your healthcare provider for advice and testing. ...Read more

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I had spotting Sept 25 1 wk before period's due until the 29. It was dark brown. I am 4 days late and I started spotting again. I have no other symptoms?

I had spotting Sept 25 1 wk before period's due until the 29. It was dark brown. I am 4 days late and I started spotting again. I have no other symptoms?

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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I haven't had a period for two months now I have started spotting what could be wrong?

I haven't had a period for two months now I have started spotting what could be wrong?

Probably normal: In this instance, a skipped menstrual period usually indicates a cycle where ovulation did not occur. The next menstrual period may be unusual, either lighter or heavier with more cramping. This occurs in approximately 15% of women in any given cycle. ...Read more

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My last period ened on the 4th and I started spotting today on the 11th, what does that mean?

My last period ened on the 4th and I started spotting today on the 11th, what does that mean?

It is probably: Irregular bleeding but pregnancy is always a possibility. If you don't have a normal regular period when due checks pregnancy test. Otherwise it's ok, just a nuisance ...Read more