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Doctor insights on: Very Light Spotting Instead Of Period

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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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Some very light spotting and brown instead of period. Took 2 pregnancy tests, both came back negative. If I am pregnant i'd only 3 weeks. Still early?

Some very light spotting and brown instead of period. Took 2 pregnancy tests, both came back negative. If I am pregnant i'd only 3 weeks. Still early?

Menses: Is possibly a light period. Menses is every 3 to 5 weeks, 9 to 13 a year, lasting 1 to 8 days. Keep menstrual diary and see doctor if your periods does not fall within these parameters. Repeat pregnancy test weekly. See doctor if having doubts.

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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.

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Period on time one day light spotting?

Period on time one day light spotting?

Not sure why.: 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.

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Very light spotting period for three weeks now, should I be concerned?

Very light spotting period for three weeks now, should I be concerned?

Depends if pregnant: Cause for concern is very dependent on whether you are or may be pregnant. If you are pregnant then spotty bleeding is not normal and you should see your doctor. If you are not pregnant then there are a variety of reasons you may be spotting. If you are still having periods then spotting can be due to hormone changes or fibroids. Usually this improves with time. See your doctor if it does not.

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Period 10 days late, cycles was only 6 days and 5 days later light spotting? What can this be?

Period 10 days late, cycles was only 6 days and 5 days later light spotting? What can this be?

Anovulation: Delayed periods can often be related to the failure to ovulate in a particular cycle. This may be related to age, ovarian dysfunction approaching menopause, medications someone is taking, or an underlying hormonal issue caused by a medical condition like diabetes, Insulin resistance, obesity, or polycystic ovarian syndrome.

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If you haven't had a real period in 4 months but have light spotting but no sex what does that mean?

If you haven't had a real period in 4 months but have light spotting but no sex what does that mean?

Uncertain: Do you mean no sex ever? If you had sex before the 4 months, you may be pregnant. Get a pregnancy test. If it is negative, talk to a gynecologist about menstrual regulation.

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If you are light spotting around time of period still haven't had one for 2 weeks and all test neg., is it to early to dectect or something else?

If you are light spotting around time of period still haven't had one for 2 weeks and all test neg., is it to early to dectect or something else?

Not too early: Could be anovulatory cycle - meaning you didn't ovulate - or a late ovulation. If your periods are not regular, it might be worth doing a pregnancy test again. If you are usually regular and still negative, check with a doctor if the next period is missed too. Sometimes a period can be missed due to a persistent cyst from the cycle before; again a doctor can help.

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Light spotting 12 days after last day of period?

Light spotting 12 days after last day of period?

Spotting: Irregular spotting 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. Infection, polyps, fibroids and hormonal changes can cause spotting. There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. If you think you might be pregnant check then check a home pregnancy test.

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Is it normal to have a period about 3 days early with light spotting?

Is it normal to have a period about 3 days early with light spotting?

Periods vary: This is within usual bounds of variability more with being young or old or changing hormonal treatments

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5 days after period ended... Possible reasons for 4 days of light spotting?

5 days after period ended... Possible reasons for 4 days of light spotting?

Happens sometimes: Many women have occasional variation of their mucus discharge, spotting between periods, a heavier period, a lighter period, or a late or missed period. Causes include: excessive weight loss or weight gain, increased exercising, emotional stress, medicines, having an illness, traveling, birth control pills, hormonal imbalances, etc… an ob-gyn doctor can check, if one's symptoms keep recurring.

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What can cause very light spotting that comes and goes a week before period is due?

Female hormone: Fluctuations can cause light spotting, staining or heavy bleeding- please consult your GYN.

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Last period was aug 2-6 very light spotting only lasting one day each on 8/24, 9/11, and 9/24?

Last period was aug 2-6 very light spotting only lasting one day each on 8/24, 9/11, and 9/24?

Pregnant?: Pregnancy is a possibility. Take a home pregnancy test. If negative, repeat it in one week. If it's still negative, see your doctor.

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Haven't had period an having pregnacy symptons with light spotting. Is this a sign of pregnacy?

Haven't had period an having pregnacy symptons with light spotting. Is this a sign of pregnacy?

Spotting; pregnant?: The light spotting may be your cycle this month. No woman has completely predictable regular cycles all the time. But, of course the best way to find out is to check a home pregnancy test since some women do have spotting early in their pregnancy. Early pregnancy symptoms can feel a lot like premenstrual symptoms, so just take the test to be sure.

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Is it normal to have light spotting 2 weeks before your next period after taking Plan B two step?

Is it normal to have light spotting 2 weeks before your next period after taking Plan B two step?

Yes: Spotting after taking Plan B is not unusual. You should still do a pregnancy test if your period doesn't come around when you expect it. Plan b is 89% effective, but that's not 100%.