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How many consec months can I go without my period without consulting with drs. First missed was one day spotting next no period. Not pregnant though?

How many consec months can I go without my period without consulting with drs. First missed was one day spotting next no period. Not pregnant though?

If you have missed 3: Periods please see dr - sooner for troublesome symptoms. Reasons for missed/late periods: low body weight, obesity, marked weight ^ or v, over-exercise, endurance athletics, breast-feeding, ^ stress, illness, eating disorders (bulimia or anorexia), anovulatory cycle (no egg released), travel, hormone irregularities, drug use, meds (i.e., birth control) or medical problems. #1 reason is pregnancy. ...Read more

Dr. Tanya Russo
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Pregnancy (Definition)

When your due date arrives, you will be more than ready to have your baby! Most women deliver the baby somewhere between 37 and 42 weeks. According to the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists, only 5% of babies arrive on the exact due date. Approximately 7% of babies are not delivered by 42 weeks, and when that happens, it is referred to ...Read more


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My period skipped 3 months and came on and now it skipped one month. Now, I am having spotting but no period and not pregnant. Help?

My period skipped 3 months and came on and now it skipped one month. Now, I am having spotting but no period and not pregnant. Help?

Irregular periods: You did not give your age. It may take a few years for hormones that regulate period to reach balance from the onset of your period.
If you are not pregnant [ commonest cause for missed period ]
-wt loss or wt gain
-Eating Disorder -Anorexia
- Increased Exercise
-Emotional reasons & stress
-Travel
-Medication -Birth control
-Hormonal problems
-Illegal drug use
Other ...Read more

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Does bright red spotting after period mean pregnant?

Does bright red spotting after period mean pregnant?

No, if you had a: Normal period since sexual activity then you are not pregnant. If uncertain, take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Had my last "normal" period beginning on 1/4/13. On 1/21/13 I had some light spotting x4 days. No period since.....Pregnant? Tests (-)> (+)

Had my last "normal" period beginning on 1/4/13. On 1/21/13 I had some light spotting x4 days. No period since.....Pregnant? Tests (-)> (+)

Check preg test: As I am sure you know the first step is to take a home pregnancy test. It is common for someone to have an irregular period occasionally. This usually self corrects over the next few cycles. If you continue to be irregular or continue to have excessive bleeding schedule a visit with an obgyn to discuss options for cycle control. ...Read more

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Should I be having spotting before my missed period and is it normal for some women to have spotting before their missed period if pregnant?

Should I be having spotting before my missed period and is it normal for some women to have spotting before their missed period if pregnant?

Yes to both: The former spotting may be the period itself when on hormonal contraceptives. The latter is called implantation bleeding when pregnant. ...Read more

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I last had sex 3 weeks ago, he didn't finish, used a condom. Period now a week late, negative hpts, slight spotting around time of period. Pregnant?

I last had sex 3 weeks ago, he didn't finish, used a condom. Period now a week late, negative hpts, slight spotting around time of period. Pregnant?

Not likely.: If you remain concerned repeat a home urine pregnancy test in a few days - but it sounds like you are not pregnant at this time. See your gynecologist for additional advice and evaluation/management. Take Folic Acid 1-5 mg daily and best of luck! ...Read more

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Had sex in Jan 25-28, got my period Feb 11-14, this month I was supposed to get it on the 17 but only got brownish spotting no period. Why? Pregnant?

Had sex in Jan 25-28, got my period Feb 11-14, this month I was supposed to get it on the 17 but only got brownish spotting no period. Why? Pregnant?

Take a test: 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'm on birth control and missed one pill. Boyfriend put it in 10 seconds and never came inside. Brown spotting 4 days before period. Pregnant?

I'm on birth control and missed one pill. Boyfriend put it in 10 seconds and never came inside. Brown spotting 4 days before period. Pregnant?

Can't rule it out: Its not impossible as even with perfect use the pill is only about 97% effective and most men produce pre cum well before ejaculation which may well have 20 million or more sperm. To be safe check a pregnancy test and consider using a condom back up. ...Read more

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Missed period. Pink spotting a week before and negatve preg test & pink spotting after missed period. Paragard iud. Pregnant? Or what could it be?

Missed period. Pink spotting a week before and negatve preg test & pink spotting after missed period. Paragard iud. Pregnant? Or what could it be?

Spotting is common: Your preg test is negative indicating you are not pregnant. 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. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Took plan b, haven't had 2nd period. Light cramps&backaches. Spotted lightly day before yesterday&bright red spotting all daylike light period, pregnant?

Took plan b, haven't had 2nd period. Light cramps&backaches. Spotted lightly day before yesterday&bright red spotting all daylike light period, pregnant?

Take pregnancy test: Plan B can cause irregular bleeding and the menstrual cycle may be delayed after using it. The only way to know if you're pregnant is to take a pregnancy test approximately 3 weeks after the episode of unprotected intercourse. ...Read more

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Little Nausea, Lightheaded, Spotting After "Period" Brownish, Pregnant?

Little Nausea, Lightheaded, Spotting After "Period" Brownish, 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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Early blood spotting late period. Pregnant?

Early blood spotting late period. Pregnant?

Not quite sure that: I understand this. You have had a period or you you haven't had your period but are spotting? If you have been sexually active please take a home pregnancy test. It is inexpensive and accurate. ...Read more

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Spotting 6 days before period am I pregnant?

Spotting 6 days before period am I pregnant?

Maybe: Take a pregnancy test to find out for sure. ...Read more

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I had brown spotting 1 week before period am I pregnant?

I had brown spotting 1 week before period am I pregnant?

More likely to be: Break through bleeding. Take a home pregnancy test if you miss your period. ...Read more

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This cycle I am only spotting, no regular period. I am not pregnant. Do you know what's going on?

This cycle I am only spotting, no regular period. I am not pregnant. Do you know what's going on?

Hormonal variation: If you are certain you are not pregnant, there are many other things that can cause one irregular cycle...Stress, weight change, thyroid changes, or none of the above. It your cycle is irregular more than one month in a row definitely consult your doc for evaluation. ...Read more

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Pink/brown spotting 2 weeks after period, am I pregnant?

Pink/brown spotting 2 weeks after period, am I pregnant?

Possible: It is possible but since this should be the time at which you are ovulating it is more likely that this is ovulation bleeding (some women do this every month) and you could have just conceived if you are pregnant. If you don't want to be pregnant you need to start a reliable method of contraception. ...Read more

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One day brown spotting to early for period, tubes tied. Pregnant? A couple signs not all

One day brown spotting to early for period, tubes tied. Pregnant? A couple signs not all

Check a preg test: Tubal ligation can carry a failure rate as high as 4%. If pregnancy occurs after a tubal ligation, there is a higher chance that it can trap in your tube (a tubal or ectopic pregnancy). Ectopic pregnancies require immediate attention. If you have a positive test, please contact your doctor. ...Read more

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I was 12 weeks pregnant when I hv my m/c. My d&c was on 19/8. Now 5 weeks after d&c, hv brown spotting for 2day until now. Period or pregnant?

I was 12 weeks pregnant when I hv my m/c. My d&c was on 19/8. Now 5 weeks after d&c, hv brown spotting for 2day until now. Period or pregnant?

Perhaps neither: If concerned about a pregnancy, do a pregnancy test, however, on occasion, the pregnancy test may continue to be positive even 5 weeks post D&E, albeit, rarely. So if positive, further follow up may be necessary ...Read more

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I had brown spotting and no period, could I be pregnant even if hCG and blood test were negative?

I had brown spotting and no period, could I be pregnant even if hCG and blood test were negative?

Not likely: If you had spotting at the expected time of your period and pregnancy tests were negative after the spotting, you are not likely to be pregnannt. You may wish to see your doctor for an ultrasound examination. ...Read more

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Took norlevo 4 weeks ago cause I had unprotected sex. My period is due feb. 9 and feb. 5 I've been spotting. Is it light period or spotting? Pregnant?

Took norlevo 4 weeks ago cause I had unprotected sex. My period is due feb. 9 and feb. 5 I've been spotting. Is it light period or spotting? Pregnant?

Pregnancy test...: All other answers will be speculation - take a pregnancy test to know for sure. If it has been 4 weeks since you have had sex, it should certainly be reliable. If menstrual cycle doesn't start - repeat in a week anyway to be certain and see your GYN. ...Read more

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My LMP was 19-24feb, hd unprotd sex on17thmarch started spotting 20march no period. Could I be pregnant. Hv a regular mc. Heavy breast slyt abd dscomfort?

My LMP was 19-24feb, hd unprotd sex on17thmarch started spotting 20march no period. Could I be pregnant. Hv a regular mc. Heavy breast slyt abd dscomfort?

If you have regular: Periods of 28 to 30 days then you could not be pregnant from the sex on the 17 th as it falls within your expected menstruation. However you could do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Spotting 14 days before period can I be pregnant?

Spotting 14 days before period can I be pregnant?

We do not ever guess: Spotting in and of itself is in no way a sign of pregnancy. Two weeks before a period is usually just past the time of ovulation. It would be physically impossible for a female's body to know physically that it was pregnant that early! ...Read more

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Had spotting instead of a period? Could I be pregnant?

Had spotting instead of a period? Could I be pregnant?

Possible: Hi, a sexually young woman is always at risk for pregnancy, take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Does spotting 2 weeks after your period mean your pregnant?

Does spotting 2 weeks after your period mean your pregnant?

Not necessarily: It is probably due to ovulation. If you had your period on time you should ovulate 2 weeks later. Check a pregnancy test to be sure. ...Read more

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Does spotting a week after my period mean im pregnant?

Does spotting a week after my period mean im pregnant?

Unclear: The symptoms which you describe are quite consistent with many diagnoses. Pregnancy is one of many possible things that could be going on. If you think you are pregnant, then you should start by determining when was your last period. If it is late, then that could be the first indication you might be pregnant. The best way to tell if you are pregnant is to undergo a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Does brown spotting mean that it is my period or pregnant?

Does brown spotting mean that it is my period or pregnant?

Check HPT.: If you been having unprotected vaginal intercourse it might be implantation bleeding. If you have missed your actual period - please take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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My boyfriend ejaculated in me the day before my period was supposed to start and the next day I started spotting and I never got my period. Pregnant?

My boyfriend ejaculated in me the day before my period was supposed to start and the next day I started spotting and I never got my period. Pregnant?

Not likely but...: Even though it is unlikely to conceive day before proposed period (since ovulation is more in mid cycle) it is still some probability if periods are irregular. It could be start of your regular period but it would be better to test pregnancy test and if real worry to use " emergency contraception within 72 hours after intercourse).Always use condom! To prevent std as well! ...Read more

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I am 9 days past iui, cycle day 30. Very light spotting tonight on tp. Light cramps. Period or pregnant or too early

Too Early: Spotting can occur from implantation or from a period about to come. No way to know yet. Hopefully it is good news but 3-4 more days and it will be clear. ...Read more

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Started BCP mid cycle, skipped the break and now bleeding for 6 days. Not spotting but a light period getting heavier. Not pregnant. Will it stop?

Started BCP mid cycle, skipped the break and now bleeding for 6 days. Not spotting but a light period getting heavier. Not pregnant. Will it stop?

Yes: Starting mid-cycle and skipping placebos threw your cycle off keep taking them right and it will straighten out. Break thru bleeding is not uncommon on the first package even if you take them perfectly ...Read more

Missed Period (Definition)

A missed period is when you don't have a period at your normal time. Because a missed period can be due to pregnancy, even a period that is signficantly lighter or shorter can be considered a missed period and possible pregnancy. And having early symptoms of early pregnancy such as sore breasts or mild nausea would increase ...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