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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 few drops of blood.

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What is spotting?

What is spotting?

Bleeding: Spotting is usually light menstrual bleed that occurs at a time other than your normal period. It can be due to pregnancy, hormonal variations and changes, occasionally stress, etc. ...Read more

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What can I do if I am spotting?

What can I do if I am spotting?

Call your OB doctor: Spotting (staining or bleeding) can mean different things depending on when in pregnancy it occurs. Early in pregnancy utering bleeding suggests a threatened abortion (medical term for miscarriage). Bleeding later can be caused by a placenta previa or abruption, both of which can threaten the life of mom and baby. Bleeding can also be from other sources. A woman must see an experienced OB to know. ...Read more

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First trimester Pregnancy (Tip)

First trimester Pregnancy

Expect to have occasional spotting. 1 in 3 women have spotting during the first trimester. ...See more

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How do I know if I am spotting?

You will see blood: If you begin spotting you will see blood on your panties. Depending on what trimester you are in, spotting can mean many different things. Contact your provider for evaluation if spotting occurs. ...Read more

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Women's health (Tip)

Women's health

Myth: you can't get pregnant when you are bleeding or spotting. ...See more

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What is spotting?

Menstral blood: Small quantities vaginal bleeding. ...Read more

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Why do I have spotting frequently?

Why do I have spotting frequently?

Need more info: If you are pregnant then spotting needs to be evaluated immediately. If you are not pregnant then you will need to be evaluated for infections, polyps, fibroids, hormonal imbalances etc. Many have spotting from various birth control methods. There are many things that can cause this. ...Read more

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Preventing Pregnancy (Tip)

Preventing Pregnancy

One per day - ideally at the same time. Don't take if over 35 yo and smoke. Spotting gen. resolves. ...See more

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Why is I'm spotting again today?

Why is I'm spotting again today?

Spotting: Spotting can be for many reasons. Pregnancy is one, but infection, hormonal, psycho social, or mechanical (poly, fibroid). An episode of spotting is usually not concerning, but if this is a recurrent or worsening thing you should notify your provider. ...Read more

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