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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

Dr. Dennis Higginbotham
912 doctors shared insights

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 cause spotting?

What can cause spotting?

See your doctor: These symptoms can't be solved in this forum. You need to see your doctor. ...Read more

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How heavy can spotting get?

How heavy can spotting get?

Spotting: The delicate hormonal balance and cyclical changes your body undergoes during your cycle can cause marked differences in the amount of "spotting" you can experience during your cycle. However, "heavy" bleeding should always be reported to your gynecologist in casese it signified the onset of something else, such as a uterine or cervical polyp, underlying your situation. ...Read more

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How long does spotting last?

A few days: Generally, most menstrual cycles are 5-7 days in length. The first 3-5 of these will involve moderate to heavy flow of menstrual blood. The last 2-3 days will be more what many ladies will consider spotting. Spotting that occurs outside the cycle or ever during pregnancy can be from serious issues ANS should be brought to the attention of your doctor. ...Read more

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What does spotting look like?

Pink or red tinges: "spotting" usually refers to mild or moderate vaginal bleeding that is either before, during, or after menses. Most women who say that they have spotting would be seeing tinges, streaks or spots of pink or red on underwear or liners. It can be normal but it can also be a sign of hormonal imbalance. If it is during a state of pregnancy it must be immediately evaluated even though it might be normal. ...Read more

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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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How do I know if I am spotting?

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 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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