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Period one week late and spotting/light period. Should I be worried?

Period one week late and spotting/light period. Should I be worried?

Take a test: Home pregnancy tests are very accurate. They are the same tests used in a doctors office. They can detect a pregnancy 7-10 days after conception. The best time to take one is when you miss your period. If you doubt the result you can repeat it in 1-2 days. If you were pregnant the hormone level would rise enough for detection. ...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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What causes a short light period? Then pink spotting through out the month

What causes a short light period? Then pink spotting through out the month

PERIOD QUESTION: Menstrual irregularities are fairly common in women in their 20s. If this has never happened before, but does not reoccur with your next cycle, it is certainly something you may bring up at your next scheduled gynecology visit. However if this recurs or the symptoms change or worsen in any worriesome way, then schedule an appointment with the gynecologist sooner ...Read more

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Light period dark red more then spotting what can it be?

Normal: There is a wide range of normal menstruation and not every period will be the same. Blood is blood. It can be light pink spotting to heavy dark clotting. ...Read more

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How can I tell the difference between spotting and a light period?

Difficult: Keep a menstrual diary: (s)-start, (e)-ends, (l)-light, (h)-heavy, (c)-clots and (sp)- barely bleeding=spotting. ...Read more

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Short, light period a week early then brown spotting. What is this?

Short, light period a week early then brown spotting. What is this?

Uncertain: The main reason for light periods is change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause ; implantation bleeding in early pregnancy which rarely occurs. ...Read more

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Light period, then mid cycle spotting. Usually very regular cycles.

Light period, then mid cycle spotting. Usually very regular cycles.

Hormonal changes: Or fluctuations of female hormones, stress, tension, anxiety, nutritional factors, and possible thyroid issues can also be causes. Consiltyour GYN. ...Read more

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My cycle has been 30 days in the last 3 months, II bled yesterday being 28days. Should I regard it as spotting or light period?

Probably the period: Even though your cycles are usually 30 days apart, it is within the normal range of variation for the menses to start 2 days early. If it was unusually light, you may want to check a pregnancy test, but it was most likely your period. ...Read more

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Medium-light period/spotting for 11 days now, period was early this month, I don't have a dr and I'm wondering if I should be worried?

Medium-light period/spotting for 11 days now, period was early this month, I don't have a dr and I'm wondering if I should be worried?

Imbalance: It sounds as if your hormones are a little out of balance, most common problem with this type of spotting for your age group. Birth control pills are the best for stopping bleeding between periods and helping to regulate cycle. They are now covered under the aca, so consider local family planning clinic or planned parenthood for a rx if you want to regulate your cycle. ...Read more

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I got a light period like spotting about a month ago and it has continued. The previous months period was super heavy. What could this be?

Irregular period.: This could be hormonal imbalance more than an infection or trauma or cancer. See your gyn. It can be regulated. ...Read more

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Past 3 mths period spotting only to sometimes a very light period, little or no blood on pad but sometimes decent amount when wipe or shower, like it?

Past 3 mths period spotting only to sometimes a very light period, little or no blood on pad but sometimes decent amount when wipe or shower, like it?

Pregnant? Need info: This could be from any number of reasons. Are you on birth control? If so the bleeding you get with placebo pills is actually not a period, but a withdrawal bleed. If you miss a pill you may have midcycle spotting. Has your cycle always been regular? Could you be pregnant or have a STD? Did you change time zones or are you under significant stress? See MD if spotting continues. ...Read more

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Why did I start spotting than start having a light period?

Why did I start spotting than start having a light period?

Reasons?: Agree with dr knox. The main reason for light periods is a change in hormone levels. Causes for what seems to be a light period can include: implantation bleeding in early pregnancy, thyroid problems, eating disorders, excessive exercise, initial periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives & perimenopause. If you are sexually active take a home pregnancy test. ...Read more

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Light red spotting for two days....skipped a day...light period for three days?

Breakthrough bleed: Usuually due to hormonal vatiations and fluctuations. I f having unprotected sexual intercourse get a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I had light brown spotting for 3 days, what seemed like a very light period for 3 days, now on day 4 of light brown spotting. 2wks early 4 norm?

DUB stands for: dysfunctional uterine bleeding. This is the term for bleeding that occurs more often than every 21 days or farther apart than 35 days. It's also used to describe long & heavy periods. It is common in teen years/early years of menstruation. It means there is no structural cause & may be due to expected hormone shifts & changes. Less likely when on oral contraceptives. Observe...it is normal for now ...Read more

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1 day light period, then 3 days of spotting only when I wiped after using the restroom. Is this normal? My period heavy and lasts about 5-7 days.

1 day light period, then 3 days of spotting only when I wiped after using the restroom. Is this normal? My period heavy and lasts about 5-7 days.

May be normal: Periods can vary from month to month in their volume and duration of bleeding. I would say you may want to take a pregnancy test to make sure you are not pregnant. This is likely normal though. If your bleeding patterns continue to be different than what you are used to you may want to consult with your doctor to find out why. ...Read more

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I had a very light period on 8/9/15-8/12/15. It then stopped for a day, but then the following 3 mornings I had pink/red spotting. TTC for 3 years.

I had a very light period on 8/9/15-8/12/15. It then stopped for a day, but then the following 3 mornings I had pink/red spotting. TTC for 3 years.

Since you're TTC...: ...and noticed a change in your menstrual cycle like this, you should first do a pregnancy test. If it's negative, most likely is b/c of natural fluctuations in your female hormones. If it's positive, congrats and please see your OBGYN ASAP! ...Read more

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If I have never missed a period before but suddenly miss one in nov but have a extremely light period or spotting the following months should I worry?

If I have never missed a period before but suddenly miss one in nov but have a extremely light period or spotting the following months should I worry?

Irregular periods: Irregular bleeding is very common. One or two days of midcycle bleeding does not usually mean much. You should take a pregnancy test if you have been sexually active then. There are many options to regulate your cycle. See you doctor for birth control if the test is negative and you do not want to be pregnant. ...Read more

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My period is due on june 22 but got brown spotting the 17th. From the 18th up to today 20 light period.

Normal: Even with Birth Control Pills Menstrual period fluctuates. Although it generally comes when you are taking Placebo-Last week of the cycle; some times it comes a little earlier. ...Read more

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Ttc. 16dpo BBT still high, experienced 3 days brown spotting then light period, on day 5 of it. Why hasn't my BBT dropped yet?

Unreliable: Your basal body temperature probably hasn't dropped because it's almost completely unreliable. This is an old-fashioned technique with a very poor correlation with success. If you're trying to determine ovulation use a home ovulation kit. It works better. ...Read more

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I had a very light period for 2.5 days. Red when I wiped and brown spotting on liner.6 days later it's happening again. What could this be?

If you are: Sexually active, you could be pregnant. Take a pregnancy test. If negative, it could be a pelvic infection, or just an abnormal period. See your doctor to get examined and tests if necessary. Hope this helps! ...Read more

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I took plan b on Sunday and it is now Saturday (6 days) and now I am experiencing light period like cramps and brownish spotting. Is this normal?

I took plan b on Sunday and it is now Saturday (6 days) and now I am experiencing light period like cramps and brownish spotting. Is this normal?

May be normal: Taking Plan B (or any other emergency contraceptive pill) can alter the timing of the current cycle and of the upcoming cycle. One should check a home urine pregnancy 3 weeks after taking Plan B, to make sure one is not pregnant. Pregnancy tests are sold in stores everywhere. Also, if having sex, one should be sure to use good contraception all the time, so that Plan B is not needed in the future. ...Read more