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What does red spotting instead of period mean?

What does red spotting instead of period mean?

If it is during the: Point of your menstrual cycle when would expect to menstruate - it might be a light period. 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 period, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause ; implantation bleeding in early pregnancy. ...Read more

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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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Is it normal to be spotting instead of period after taking next choice?

Is it normal to be spotting instead of period after taking next choice?

Gynecologist: If you have spotting instead of a period, it is recommended that you seek medical attention. ...Read more

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Spotting instead of period. Took plan b 2wks ago. Period scheduled for 04/20 but spotted 04/19 ,04/20 & today 04/21- still spotting? Is this normal

Spotting instead of period. Took plan b 2wks ago. Period scheduled for 04/20 but spotted  04/19 ,04/20 & today 04/21- still spotting? Is this normal

Maybe ok: Plan B can alter the menstrual period for the cycle in which Plan B was taken, and sometimes the next cycle too. One should be sure to check a home pregnancy test about 3 weeks after sex, because Plan B works most of the time, but not all the time. ...Read more

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Brown spotting instead of period on birth control?

Brown spotting instead of period on birth control?

No problem: If the spotting is occurring during the time you'd otherwise expect a "period", it's nothing to worry about--for many women who've been on the pill for awhile, periods can get lighter and lighter. This is a good effect, not a problem. Brown spotting just means the bleeding is lighter. ...Read more

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Can a STD cause you to have pink spotting instead of period?

Can a STD cause you to have pink spotting instead of period?

Yes: An std can make your cervix bleed. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test. They are cheap, reliable and available at any pharmacy. ...Read more

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I have eating problem. I restrict calories. I'd panic if i had to eat a meal. Second month now of brown spotting instead of period. Is this ok?

I have eating problem. I restrict calories. I'd panic if i had to eat a meal. Second month now of brown spotting instead of period. Is this ok?

Seek Help: Your disrupted cycle is likely related to your food restriction. It sounds like the food issue is a serious problem for you. It is important for you to seek out a good medical evaluation, and to also get help for a probable eating disorder. ...Read more

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What does red spotting instead of period mean? I havent got my period in a month now- my tracker says im 14 days late and i havent had any intercourse

What does red spotting instead of period mean? I havent got my period in a month now- my tracker says im 14 days late and i havent had any intercourse

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time. You may consider implanted contraceptive or an IUD. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx Practice safe sex. Get HPV vaccine. ...Read more

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Spotting instead of period so now 9 days "late". Ovaries are sore. 2 neg hpt. What's going on?

Spotting instead of period so now 9 days "late". Ovaries are sore. 2 neg hpt. What's going on?

Hormonal imbalance: Menstrual irregularities are not uncommon and anovulatory cycle is a common cause. If you miss more than two periods it would be time to see your doctor. Consult this site for more information on this topic. http://www.nichd.nih.gov/health/topics/menstruation/conditioninfo/Pages/causes.aspx ...Read more

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Stopped pill and having extremely light spotting instead of period, light yellow colour and occasional large pale clots no real flow - any ideas?

Stopped pill and having extremely light spotting instead of period, light yellow colour and occasional large pale clots no real flow - any ideas?

Takes a while: It takes a while for your body to adjust to stopping the hormonal stimulation of taking the pill. Usually in 3-4 months your periods will straighten out and return to normal. If not see your doctor. ...Read more

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Having very minor brown spotting instead of period blood. have pcos but not using any pill for it.wt can be the reason of this spotting?

Having very minor brown spotting instead of period blood. have pcos but  not using any pill for it.wt can be the reason of this spotting?

PCOS: With PCOS you do not ovulate regularly. When you don't ovulate you don't produce progesterone which stops the uterine lining from growing and makes it get mature. If the lining just keeps growing, it gets so thick that parts start breaking of and you start spotting or bleeding. Over time, this un opposed growth can increase the risk of cancer so you need to see you doctor for treatment. ...Read more

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My first bhcg was 65 then 2 days later 57, I have been having brown spotting instead of period for 9 days, what should I do wait for bleeding?

My first bhcg was 65 then 2 days later 57, I have been having brown spotting instead of period for 9 days, what should I do wait for bleeding?

Be seen: This is an abnormal result for pregnancy. May indicated a miscarriage has occurred but can also occur in ectopic pregnancy. Needs to be followed closely. Ultrasound may or not be helpful in this situation. ...Read more

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Usually regular on periods, but missed a period. Last period: 03/15/18. (quality: spotting instead of period) Day 4 of spotting. On day 2- blood clots?

Usually regular on periods, but missed a period. Last period: 03/15/18. (quality: spotting instead of period) Day 4 of spotting. On day 2- blood clots?

Bleeding: 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've been spotting instead of period for 3 months. No tampon or pad needed only there when I wipe after peeing. I took 3 pregnancy tests all neg?

I've been spotting instead of period for 3 months. No tampon or pad needed only there when I wipe after peeing. I took 3 pregnancy tests all neg?

Periods: Periods vary widely from woman to woman. Some periods are punctual, some are unpredictable. See your doctor who may prescribe you oral contraceptives to regulate your menstrual period. ...Read more

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PCOS, lost weight during the summer, past 2 months of spotting instead of period, now presenting lots of cervical mucus and discharge. What is it?

PCOS, lost weight during the summer, past 2 months of spotting instead of period, now presenting lots of cervical mucus and discharge. What is it?

Irregular bleeding is  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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Hi! should I see a doctor about bright red spotting instead of period and negative pregnancy test one week later?

Hi! should I see a doctor about bright red spotting instead of period and negative pregnancy test one week later?

Not necessarily: The main reason for light periods is a 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. If it keeps up - let you gyn know. ...Read more

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Haven't felt well the past couple days. symptoms: headache, nausea, stomach crapms, spotting instead of period and fatigue. What could this be?

Haven't felt well the past couple days. symptoms: headache, nausea, stomach crapms, spotting instead of period and fatigue. What could this be?

Many things: This could be a virus, thyroid disease, pregnancy or any number of other things. Your symptoms are pretty non-specific and without more history it is impossible to say. It sounds like you need to either consult on Health Tap Prime or see your doctor or an urgent care clinic. Sorry I can't be of more help. ...Read more

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Can stress cause spotting instead of your period?

Can stress cause spotting instead of your period?

Yes : But take the appropriate precautions and check a pregnancy test. If pattern persists, see your OB doc. If it is then felt to be due to stress, ask for a referral to a psychologist for therapy to help you deal with your stress. ...Read more