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I'm spotting 12 days before period and cramping. I aslo had intercourse on my period. Could I be pregnant?

I'm spotting 12 days before period and cramping. I aslo had intercourse on my period. Could I be pregnant?

Maybe. Maybe not.: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), 1 week after missing a period, or after having a "weird" period. ...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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Vaginal spotting 12 days before period and slight stomach cramps. Same sort of time each month but only for the last 6 months or so. Not pregnant.??

Vaginal spotting 12 days before period and slight stomach cramps. Same sort of time each month but only for the last 6 months or so. Not pregnant.??

Not likely: Take a test. But if this has been happening for 6 months and you were pregnant, you would be showing, feel baby moving, etc. What you are describing sounds more like spotting with ovulation each month. See doctor for further evaluation. ...Read more

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I've started spotting 12 days before my period. Could this be implantion? I'm trying for a baby

I've started spotting 12 days before my period. Could this be implantion? I'm trying for a baby

Breakthrough bleed: Spotting right before a period is usually progesterone breakthrough; mid-cycle spotting is often estrogen breakthrough. Neither one is abnormal or worrisome, neither one represents implantation (which doesn't cause bleeding, in spite of internet CW.) Hope this helps, and good luck with TTC. ...Read more

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I'm not on birthcontrol and the past 2 months I've been spotting 12 days before my period for 9 days then I get my regular period on time. What is this?

I'm not on birthcontrol and the past 2 months I've been spotting 12 days before my period for 9 days then I get my regular period on time. What is this?

Premenstrual spots: This pattern of bleeding does not indicate anything serious usually. You will need an exam to be sure. You might be bleeding from a superficial vessel on the cervix or you may have polyp in the uterus. Sometimes the doctor will find nothing and might have you take one or two cycles of oral contraceptives to see if this bleeding will clear. Best to get checked. ...Read more

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Hi! My 12 month old daughter decided breastfeeding was not for her anymore a week ago and now I'm getting some spotting 12 days before my period?

Hi! My 12 month old daughter decided breastfeeding was not for her anymore a week ago and now I'm getting some spotting 12 days before my period?

Hormone effect: It's likely due to the changes in your hormones with stopping. If you have been having regular cycles, you are probably ovulating by now. If you haven't already, you need to decide if you need or want birth control. ...Read more

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Hi. I've always had a regular 28 day cycle but Friday I started spotting 12 days before my period. Its brownish and pink colored. Should I be worried? Also been TTC so could I be pregnant?

Hi. I've always had a regular 28 day cycle but Friday I started spotting 12 days before my period. Its brownish and pink colored. Should I be worried? Also been TTC so could I be pregnant?

Hard to guess: It can be hard to tell if a woman is pregnant because some of the symptoms seen in early pregnancy can also happen in non-pregnant women. A urine pregnancy test gives a reliable result if done correctly. One can test about 3 weeks after sex (3 weeks after when conception might have occurred), or 1 week after missing a period. An Ob-Gyn doctor can evaluate any persistent or worrisome symptoms. ...Read more

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For past 5 months, light spotting (light brown) and cramps Always 10-12 days before period. On tri Cyclen Lo. Is this std/pid?

For past 5 months, light spotting (light brown) and cramps Always 10-12 days before period. On tri Cyclen Lo. Is this std/pid?

Meh...: Probably not, usually PID is an acute and progressive presentation, rather than something that happens for a day intermittently for 5 months. A day of cramping and spotting mid cycle could be the " mittelschmertz" which is the pain and spotting that can be felt when you ovulate. Be sure and use condoms to protect yourself from STD's! This may not be one, but next time!? ...Read more

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Brown spotting 4 days and late period with bright red blood. Cramps and backach could it be miacarriage! Had sex 12 days before period came?

Brown spotting 4 days and late period with bright red blood. Cramps and backach could it be miacarriage! Had sex 12 days before period came?

Pregnancy test: Before being concerned about a miscarriage you should find out if you are pregnant. Do a home pregnancy test. If it is negative then you are not having a miscarriage ...Read more

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Spotting 15 days before period what it means?

Spotting 15 days before period what it means?

Ovulation: Given the timing of the spotting, midcycle, this is most likely related to a brief, abrupt drop in estrogen that occurs with ovulation. Given your age, greater than 40, you must have this evaluated by your ob/gyn. This evaluation should include an exam, ultrasound and endometrial biopsy! ...Read more

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Dark, almost black spotting 10 days before period.

Dark, almost black spotting 10 days before period.

Ovulation: Often there is some bleeding at the time of ovulation. That blood can be slow to come out. By the time you see the blood it can be very dark or black. Mid cycle bleeding as you describe is usually due to ovulation. If unsure, see your doctor. ...Read more

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Spotting pink and brown 5 days before period what does it mean?

Spotting pink and brown 5 days before period what does it mean?

I'm not sure: There are a lot of possible reasons: just an early period, a pregnancy from the last cycle with some spotting as the fetus implants in the uterus lining, an old tampon that wasn't removed, an infection, the start of a miscarriage from the last cycle, something related to birth control pills, etc it depends on the age and history of the woman. If there are unusual cramps or no period, see M.D. ...Read more

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Spotting 7days before period that was very light (brown in color) lasted a day and I'm now 2 days before period is supposed to start and neg test?

Spotting 7days before period that was very light (brown in color) lasted a day and I'm now 2 days before period is supposed to start and neg test?

Pregnancy test: The HCG level is generally detectable a week after the first missed day of your period or 2-3 weeks after conception. Recommend rechecking the home pregnancy test in 9 days. It can be taken again a week after that to be sure. ...Read more

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What could be the reason behind spotting a week before period n having prolonged periods of 12 days after. I just come off m-2 tone?

What could be the reason behind spotting a week before period n having prolonged periods of 12 days after. I just come off m-2 tone?

Spasm: Most likely it is a muscle spasm pressuring the sciatic nerve if keep persisting you need to see a doctor to make sure it is not a pressure from a ruptured disc in the back
do your stretching before you do any exercise ...Read more

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Pink spotting 2 days before period, why?

Early period: As a woman ages menstrual timing changes. This is normal. ...Read more

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Is spotting 3 days before period, then having light long period normal?

Can be normal: There is a certain amount of variation in the periods that is normal. So if it happens occasionally it is likely nothing to worry about. If there is consistant spotting then there might be an issue such as an infection in the vagina or cervix or a polyp on the cervix. ...Read more

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Light pink spotting for 3 days, 1 week before period what could this be?

Light pink spotting for 3 days, 1 week before period what could this be?

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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I had spotting 3 days before period very light pinkish color. Is that normal?

I had spotting 3 days before period very light pinkish color. Is that normal?

Can be, ...: ... But may represent infection or other problem. Keep an eye on it and see your gyn if needed. ...Read more

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For the last 3 months been spotting two days before period then nothing then period on time. What could be the cause?

Polyps or hormones: If there is a difference which is abrupt in your periods it is important to be checked by a gynecologist and possibly get blood test for hormonal imbalances like thyroid or prolactin and or get an ultrasound, sonohysterogram, or biopsy to evaluate the uterus for irregularities like polyps fibroid infection or even abnormal cells. ...Read more

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I had spotting Sept 25 1 wk before period's due until the 29. It was dark brown. I am 4 days late and I started spotting again. I have no other symptoms?

I had spotting Sept 25 1 wk before period's due until the 29. It was dark brown. I am 4 days late and I started spotting again. I have no other symptoms?

Spotting: 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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I got dark brown spotting 7 days before period, on pill for 2 years, take everyday. Took 2 tests 4 days before and negative result. Is it something else?

I got dark brown spotting 7 days before period, on pill for 2 years, take everyday. Took 2 tests 4 days before and negative result. Is it something else?

Common: 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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Saw brown stain spotting 6 days before period is that sign pregnency?

Saw brown stain spotting 6 days before period is that sign pregnency?

No necessarily: While it could be, it is more suggestive of an infection or even possibly a luteal phase deficiency. If you miss your period do a pregnancy test to know more. ...Read more

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Light spotting 4 days before period and starting to feel nauseous. Should I be concerned about my time of the month being early?

Light spotting 4 days before period and starting to feel nauseous. Should I be concerned about my time of the month being early?

Possible: You wanna check pregnancy test, that will give you answers. Sometimes, it could just be beginning of period early. ...Read more

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Spotted pink for five days or so before period then had a fairly heavy period. Then after a ciuple weeks just started spotting again?

Spotted pink for five days or so before period then had a fairly heavy period. Then after a ciuple weeks just started spotting again?

Common complaint: 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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Missed 2 pills, had protected sex a week before period, took missed pills, had spotting, supposed to get period in next few days. Help?

Missed 2 pills, had protected sex a week before period, took missed pills, had spotting, supposed to get period in next few days. Help?

Missed pills: Missed pills and doubling up causes bleeding and decreases the efficacy of OCPs. That said, you had protected sex and should be OK. ...Read more