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Menstrual Cycle (Definition)

The menstrual cycle begins with the shedding of the uterine lining, resulting in bleeding from the vagina. A few weeks later, one ovary releases an egg and the uterine lining thickens in preparation for a potential pregnancy. Pregnancy can occur at this stage if sperm fertilizes the egg. If the egg is not fertilized, the egg will leave your body and ...Read more


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Hello My period came on the 27/28 of may had some spotting light pink/dark brown on the 14th of june lasted about 3 days. Never experienced this. Help?

Hello My period came on the 27/28 of may had some spotting light pink/dark brown on the 14th of june lasted about 3 days. Never experienced this. Help?

Irregular bleeding: Many women have some irregular menstrual bleeding from time to time. This is very common. Nobody has completely predictable periods all the time. There can be many reasons: excess stress, diet changes. If you are sexually active, it is always a good idea to make sure you aren't pregnant. But if not pregnant, it will likely straighten out in the next cycle or two. ...Read more

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My husband & I had unprotected sex about 2 weeks before my due period. My period came 5 days late. I had a full 7 day period. Now I have light spotting in dark brown color. What is going on?

My husband & I had unprotected sex about 2 weeks before my due period. My period came 5 days late. I had a full 7 day period. Now I have light spotting in dark brown color. What is going on?

A few possibilities: It is possible that you may have ovulated late, had a cyst or had an early miscarriage. A pregnancy test will help rule out the last possibility. If it is negative, don't be concerned unless this pattern continues. ...Read more

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I am 21 and my period is always on time and always the same. 3 days ago my period came on time but is dark brown. What's wrong?! im only spotting and there is no sign of red blood its only dark brown and my period is never this way. I am sexually active co

I am 21 and my period is always on time and always the same. 3 days ago my period came on time but is dark brown. What's wrong?! im only spotting and there is no sign of red blood its only dark brown and my period is never this way. I am sexually active co

If: If your period is lighter in amount or a darker color, then taking a pregnancy test is reasonable and may put your mind at rest. If you have discharge, then contact your physician for an evaluation. You may want to consider starting an oral contraceptive or an implantable form of birth control like Implanon or mirena, (levonorgestrel) but the only way to prevent infection is using a condom. ...Read more

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I only did nothin but fingering. My period came 5 days earlier last month jul. 15 and now is 14 im spotting light brown. Freaking out?

I only did nothin but fingering. My period came 5 days earlier last month jul. 15 and now is 14 im spotting light brown. Freaking out?

How to get pregnant?: I do not understand the freaking out. I would assume you understand how babies are made: the female has to ovulate an egg and the male has to deposit fresh semen inside of the vagina. It doesn't sound like this scenario is what you dealt with and thus would be impossible to be pregnant. Right? ...Read more

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I took the Plan B pill twice in two weeks. My period came yesterday which is about 2 days early, lots of cramping and only dark spotting. Is this ok?

I took the Plan B pill twice in two weeks. My period came yesterday which is about 2 days early, lots of cramping and only dark spotting. Is this ok?

No not OK: Plan b pills (morning after) are not contraceptives has specific use misuse may damage your body, now see your doctor for long term plans with various methods, and protect your health ...Read more

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My period came 5 days early, started off brown spotting and then the next day it was pink and then hours later passing golf ball sized blood clots?

My period came 5 days early, started off brown spotting and then the next day it was pink and then hours later passing golf ball sized blood clots?

Unclear question: Passing clots is generally an indication of excessive blood loss. If you pass clots regularly, you should take oral iron and multivitamin supplement to prevent anemia. It would be prudent to discuss it with your doctor at the next visit. Wish you good health! - Have a diet rich in fresh vegetables, fruits, whole grains, milk and milk products, nuts, beans, legumes, lentils and small amounts of lean meats. Avoid saturated fats. Drink enough water daily, so that your urine is mostly colorless. Exercise at least 150 minutes/week and increase the intensity of exercise gradually. Do not use tobacco, alcohol, weed or street drugs in any form.
Practice safe sex, if you have sex.
Get HPV vaccine ...Read more

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I am 47 years old my period came Aug 25 after some months it didn't come step but I am spotting brown when I wipe. Help?

I am 47 years old my period came Aug 25 after some months it didn't come step but I am spotting brown when I wipe. Help?

Brown Spotting: Is usually old blood being cleaned out of the uterus. If you have missed your period for three months - recommend gynecological evaluation. Take care. ...Read more

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My period came on the expected day but it was much lighter than usual and also pink/brown in colour. Could this be spotting?

My period came on the expected day but it was much lighter than usual and also pink/brown in colour. Could this be spotting?

A light period: Many women have occasional variation of their mucus discharge, some spotting between periods, a heavier period, a lighter period, a longer or shorter period, or even a missed period. Having one or two of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean there is a medical problem, but a visit to one’s primary care or Ob-Gyn doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. ...Read more

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My last "period" come 18 oct and ended 26th Oct. What was odd my period came in the form of a brownish colour and light compared to my normal periods. Spotting perhaps I have experiencing what I think is spotting ever since. Should I be worried?

My last "period" come 18 oct and ended 26th Oct. What was odd my period came in the form of a brownish colour and light compared to my normal periods. Spotting perhaps I have experiencing what I think is spotting ever since. Should I be worried?

Need more info: Brown blood can be normal. Are you on contraception? Does your period come every 28 days? How long does it last? What medications do you take? Are you under lots of stress? Have you traveled or not slept enough? Possible STI? . check a urine pregnancy test and get exam if continues ...Read more

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My period came 2 weeks ago... When I went to the bathroom earlier today, there was blood (darker) on the tissue...is that spotting or what is it?

My period came 2 weeks ago... When I went to the bathroom earlier today, there was blood (darker) on the tissue...is that spotting or what is it?

It happens sometimes: Many women have occasional variation of their mucus discharge, some spotting between periods, a heavier period, a lighter period, a longer or shorter period, or even a missed period. Having one or two of these symptoms doesn’t necessarily mean there is a medical problem, but a visit to one’s primary care or Ob-Gyn doctor is a good idea if symptoms are persistent, recurring, or worrisome. ...Read more

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My period came on the 25thish in oct then came early only nov 12th lasted a day and very very light no dark blood. And today I woke up spotting pink?

Abnormal period: Changes in the menstrual pattern are usually due to a hormonal change. Get a pregnancy test to be sure on that and see if it straightens out next cycle. If not, see the gyn. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex 4 days before my period was due. My period came the morning after I had sex. I've been nauseous & have bright red spotting.

I had unprotected sex 4 days before my period was due. My period came the morning after I had sex. I've been nauseous & have bright red spotting.

Please Clarify: You did not ask a question. If you wonder if you are pregnant, the answer is that you are not pregnant. You are bleeding. That means you are not pregnant. ...Read more

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When my period came on this month the first two days of my period I was spotting light pink after those two days my period was back normal? Help

Normal: Sounds normal. If the color was different but there was no pain, fever, odor or injury, it's probably normal. You might want to take a pregancy test and/or see a doctor to get a pelvic exam to be sure. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex a week before my period came but when my period came it was only spotting and lasted about 2 1/2 days?

I had unprotected sex a week before my period came but when my period came it was only spotting and lasted about 2 1/2 days?

Pregnancy test: It is possible but not very likely that you could be pregnant. If you have unprotected sex and don't have regular periods it would be worth doing a pregnancy test to be sure. Light periods can occur for many other reasons as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex a week before my period came but when my period came it was only spotting and lasted about 2 1/2 days?

I had unprotected sex a week before my period came but when my period came it was only spotting and lasted about 2 1/2 days?

Pregnancy test: It is possible but not very likely that you could be pregnant. If you have unprotected sex and don't have regular periods it would be worth doing a pregnancy test to be sure. Light periods can occur for many other reasons as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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I had unprotected sex a week before my period came but when my period came it was only spotting and lasted about 2 1/2 days?

I had unprotected sex a week before my period came but when my period came it was only spotting and lasted about 2 1/2 days?

Pregnancy test: It is possible but not very likely that you could be pregnant. If you have unprotected sex and don't have regular periods it would be worth doing a pregnancy test to be sure. Light periods can occur for many other reasons as well. Good luck. ...Read more

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My period came late lasted 3 days really light n now a week later I'm spotting again?

My period came late lasted 3 days really light n now a week later I'm spotting again?

Late period: I would go and get a pregnancy test and make sure you are not pregnant. Then I would consult a gynecologist
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I'd have hysteroscopy lapysteroscopy done july 2 2015 my period came augst 21 for 4 days knw my period came on spetmber 12 spotting on and off?

I'd have hysteroscopy lapysteroscopy done july 2 2015 my period came augst 21 for 4 days knw my period came on spetmber 12 spotting on and off?

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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My period came 2 days early lasted 5 days. Medium heavy then light. Stopped then came back 2 days later spotting for 2 days. What does that mean?

My period came 2 days early lasted 5 days. Medium heavy then light. Stopped then came back 2 days later spotting for 2 days. What does that mean?

Probably: Just a variation of normal. See what your next 2 periods are like. If you return to your normal pattern, no worries. If you continue this new pattern, you can see your gyn, although what you describe does not sound too atypical. ...Read more

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My period came on 3 days early from my knowledge & started with spotting on day 1, day 2 was regular but day 3 4 & 5 I was spotting and this isn't norm?

Sounds normal.: Normal periods come every 21-35 days. Being three days early sounds pretty normal. If you are not satisifed with your level of menstrual cycle control consider birth control for regulation. ...Read more

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I was having cramps for the oast couple days and then my period came but for day only and it was gone, I wasn't spotting...what does that mean?

I was having cramps for the oast couple days and then my period came but for day only and it was gone, I wasn't spotting...what does that mean?

Pregnancy: Shortened period may signal pregnancy which should be ruled out first. There is a variety of possible reasons that can cause irregular periods such as stress, hormonal issues for example thyroid, increased exercise, infections, medications, prior surgery, uterine reasons for example fibroids, trauma etc. Usually doctor would take thorough history as well as physical exam. ...Read more

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Advise pls! My period came 5 days after sex, however it has been a week, and I am still spotting?

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 have been taking 5000mcg a day of biotin and this month my period came 3 days early and is spotting instead of the usual heavy period that lasts 7 d?

I have been taking 5000mcg a day of biotin and this month my period came 3 days early and is spotting instead of the usual heavy period that lasts 7 d?

Unrelated: Your intake of biotin and change in menstrual cycle not likely to be related. You may take biotin but it not likely to do you any good.
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

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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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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