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Should I be concerned about frequent spotting during the month?

Should I be concerned about frequent spotting during the month?

Yes, somewhat: Most healthy, normal women don't have spotting during the month. They bleed during their periods, and don't bleed in between periods. Frequent spotting should be evaluated by an ob-gyn doctor. It may be due to menstrual irregularities, but other conditions such as infections and cancers can also cause bleeding as a symptom. ...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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This is my first month on ocp and I'm concerned about spotting during vacation. Can I use provera (medroxyprogesterone) to prevent spotting my 4th week on the pill. ?

 This is my first month on ocp and I'm concerned about spotting during vacation. Can I use provera (medroxyprogesterone) to prevent spotting my 4th week on the pill. ?

No: Not only might that not help, but it could cause unpleasant side effects. You expect to have bleeding during the 4th week on the pill, so if you want to try to avoid that you should go directly to your next pack that week. ...Read more

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Is it normal to have small brown spotting on and off during the luteal phase? (Not enough for pantyliner) Or should I be concerned?

Is it normal to have small brown spotting on and off during the luteal phase? (Not enough for pantyliner) Or should I be concerned?

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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Hi, my wife is 34 and she doesn't bleed during her periods, just a spotting for the past 8 months, what could be the reason?

Hi, my wife is 34 and she doesn't bleed during her periods, just a spotting for the past 8 months, what could be the reason?

Several options.: Is she on birth control pills or the Mirena (levonorgestrel) iud? If so, this is normal. If she is not taking any type of birth control, it suggests her hormones may be out of balance and she may simply have a thin uterine lining. She should bring this up with her doc. ...Read more

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I took Plan B twice in a month and have been spotting twice a month for 5+ months. Should i be concerned?

I took Plan B twice in a month and have been spotting twice a month for 5+ months. Should i be concerned?

Yes: But not for the reason you think. It is not the best planning to have to use plan b, you need to have adequate contraception at all times unless you want to conceive. You may need to go on a hormonal contraceptive to regulate your cycle. ...Read more

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Did not bleed for 3 1/2 months then bled gushes & some bleeding for 3 weeks. Still spotting some days and some none. Should i be concerned?

Did not bleed for 3 1/2 months then bled gushes & some bleeding for 3 weeks.  Still spotting some days and some none.  Should i be concerned?

Irregular periods: See a gyn for an evaluation. Your menstrual problems be be due to your going through menopause, you may have some hormonal problems or you may have a fibroid. She your gyn to have a diagnosis and a treatment plan for your problem. ...Read more

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I had occasional spotting during my first 5 months on the pill, by month 6 seemed gone. If it comes back, how much/frequent spotting is worrisome?

I had occasional spotting during my first 5 months on the pill, by month 6 seemed gone.  If it comes back, how much/frequent spotting is worrisome?

May need pill change: the pill should regulate your periods so you don't have breakthrough bleeding. If you take the pill on time everyday, you shouldn't have spotting. If this continues. You should be examined and make sure you don't have an infection or may need to change pills. There are so many pills to chose from, you can find one that works well for you ...Read more

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I am 53 yrs. old, no full period in 1-1/2 yrs., but every few months I get several days of spotting (brown, pink, or red). Concerned, seeking advice.

I am 53 yrs. old, no full period in 1-1/2 yrs., but every few months I get several days of spotting (brown, pink, or red). Concerned, seeking advice.

Endometrial Biopsy: Bleeding like this, after you have entered menopause, can be a subtle sign of endometrial cancer. You need to see an Ob/Gyn and get an endometrial biopsy and/or ultrasound. Most of the time these are negative and there is some other cause but when cancer is on the list of possible causes its important to take it seriously. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Hello, I've been spotting for over a month now my last period was in march. Should I be concerned ?

Hello, I've been spotting for over a month now  my last period was in march. Should I be concerned ?

Yes: That is definitely not normal. I would not be concerned about anything terrible going on, But something hormonally or physically is abnormal. Maybe a polyp or fibroid, or thyroid problems. It definitely warrants an investigation ...Read more

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Spotting for about 4 months; pinkish in color most of the time. Lately spotting seems to occur after I urinate. Should I be concerned?

Spotting for about 4 months; pinkish in color most of the time. Lately spotting seems to occur after I urinate. Should I be concerned?

Could be infection: or irregular spotting, which is very unusual for a 65 year old female. If there is more odor and frequent discharge unrelated to frequency of intercourse, then it's more likely to be an infection. Irregular menstrual spotting also gets worse with infection on board. Proceed to see a GYN or family physician to get yourself properly diagnosed and treated. ...Read more

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I had the mirena (levonorgestrel) for 9 months and had it removed because of excessive spotting. Since removal on Feb 6th. I havent had A period should I be concerned?

I had the mirena (levonorgestrel) for 9 months and had it removed because of excessive spotting. Since removal on Feb 6th. I havent had A period should I be concerned?

Pregnancy test?: Its been over 6 weeks without a period. If you have been having unprotected intercourse, its possible you are pregnant. If pregnancy isn't possible, I would still suggest an evaluation by an Ob/Gyn. Most normal women would start having regular periods by this point. Best wishes! ...Read more

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Bf for 9 mths consistent until last month I go 6 hrs during day no feeding. I hadn't had period 9/4/13 had spotting 4/29/15. preg? Soon period

Bf for 9 mths consistent until last month I go 6 hrs during day no feeding. I hadn't had period 9/4/13  had spotting 4/29/15. preg? Soon period

Take a test: If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. This is the only way to determine if you are pregnant or not. ...Read more

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I have had spotting on my birth control for 9 days now, is this normal? I just started birth control almost 2 months ago, and during the middle of my second pack month), i started my period when i shouldn't have. It started out as being light spotting, wh

I have had spotting on my birth control for 9 days now, is this normal? I just started birth control almost 2 months ago, and during the middle of my second pack month), i started my period when i shouldn't have. It started out as being light spotting, wh

Sometimes : Sometimes it takes a while for the periods to regulate on birth control, and irregular period at first isn't too unusual. If it persists, then you may need a different preparation of birth control, with a slightly different estrogen/progesterone mixture. So if you continue with the irregular bleeding, contact your physician and discuss this issue. ...Read more

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Missed period should I be concerned I have missed my period for the past month had sex last week and three days later had light spotting for twelve hours didn't even need a pad or tampon. I have now missed another period, should I be concerned with pregna

Missed period should I be concerned I have missed my period for the past month had sex last week and three days later had light spotting for twelve hours didn't even need a pad or tampon. I have now missed another period, should I be concerned with pregna

As : As doctors, the first thing we do when we hear a woman is having a light or missed period or abnormal spotting, we check a pregnancy test. You can always take a home pregnancy test as long as it has been 5- 6 weeks since your last normal period, or you can go see your doctor and they can test you. A home pregnancy test is 97% accurate if taken a week or more after the missed period. There are other reasons besides pregnancy that can cause a woman to miss a period such as: stress, diet, excessive exercise or a hormone imbalance such as with a thyroid disorder or poly cystic ovarian syndrome. If you have a positive pregnancy test or if you continue to have an irregular cycle, you should give you doctor a call. Good luck! ...Read more

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Light cramping and bright spotting after a full hysterectomy 5 months ago.. Should I be concerned?

Light cramping and bright spotting after a full hysterectomy 5 months ago.. Should I be concerned?

Maybe: It could just be some granulation tissue at the vaginal cuff or vaginal atrophy. I would call your GYN Monday and schedule an appointment to evaluate the bleeding. If it was done due to cervical cancer, be more concerned. ...Read more

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I've had two periods this month and some spotting, does this mean anything? Should i be concerned or mark it down as stress?

I've had two periods this month and some spotting, does this mean anything? Should i be concerned or mark it down as stress?

Common problem : 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 redo a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more