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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.


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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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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.


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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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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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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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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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I'm spotting and i'm 6 weeks i went to the dr yesterday he said i was fine is that normal i'm still spotting but no pain?

Sub chorionic hemorr: This is most likely due to something called a sub chorionic hemorrhage which is relatively common. If everything has checked out ok by ultrasound, try not to worry too much. If you begin to have pain or cramps, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I am 5 days late and had some spotting that lasted a 2 days a week ago it was brownish?

I am 5 days late and had some spotting that lasted a 2 days a week ago it was brownish?

Weird cycle: It is important to not panic just because one cycle if a little off from the others. The main issue is what is the pattern over time. If your cycles return to normal over the next few months then one abnormal cycle is not an issue. Always make sure your pregnancy test is negative. If you are not on birth control consider starting which will also give you better cycle control. ...Read more

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I just got off my pireod and today I'm spotting what does this mean I've had my pireod for two months?

Hormones: Sometimes hormone fluctuations can cause extra bleeding. It is less likely you are pregnant. You could check a home pregnancy test if needed. Please see your doctor if there is more concern. ...Read more

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