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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Spotting (Overview)

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.


Dr. SG Erman
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What is spotting?

Dr. SG Erman
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
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Spotting (Overview)

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.


Dr. Pam Yoder
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What can I do if I am spotting?

Dr. Pam Yoder
Board Certified, Maternal-Fetal Medicine
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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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Dr. Albert Pizzo
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spotting ... Does it happen every time u wipe yourself ? I've only saw Abit ofblood on the tissue twice in 2days? Is this still classed a spotting?

Dr. Albert Pizzo
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 spotting ... Does it happen every time u wipe yourself ? I've only saw Abit  ofblood on the tissue twice in 2days? Is this still classed a spotting?

Spotting: Yes, this could be spotting. If it persists, then you should report this to your doctor. ...Read more

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Dr. Caren Reaves
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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How do I know if I am spotting?

Dr. Caren Reaves
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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Why do I have spotting frequently?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
Board Certified, Obstetrics and Gynecology
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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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Dr. Kenneth Smith
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What is spotting?

Dr. Kenneth Smith
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Menstral blood: Small quantities vaginal bleeding.

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Dr. Kathy Robinson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
27 years in practice
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Its taken 8 months to have my pirode after coming off the injection that i was on for 11 years. It lasted 6 days but now getting spotting.

Dr. Kathy Robinson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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Can take a year: It can take up to a year for your periods to get back to normal after being on depo-provera shots. it is a good sign that you are having a period now but it can be irregular bleeding off and on for a few more months. I hope you get back to a regular cycle soon. ...Read more

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Dr. Jeff Livingston
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I am 9 days late, had pg test after 3 days late.Yesterday i had a light one moment brownish spotting.Now today had same spotting pinkish.What's wrong?

Dr. Jeff Livingston
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I am 9 days late, had pg test after 3 days late.Yesterday i had a light one moment brownish spotting.Now today had same spotting pinkish.What's wrong?

Late 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 repeat a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Dr. Stuart Hickerson
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Why is I'm spotting again today?

Dr. Stuart Hickerson
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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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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Dr. Diane Minich
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It has been three days after protected but painful sex and I am spotting very lightly. Is there something I should worry about, or likely just a tear?

Dr. Diane Minich
Board Certified, Family Medicine
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It has been three days after protected but painful sex and I am spotting very lightly. Is there something I should worry about, or likely just a tear?

Can be a tear: But could also be an infection so see your doctor and be checked out. ...Read more

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