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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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What exactly does brown spotting for a period mean?

What exactly does brown spotting for a period mean?

Spotting is normal: When a girl or woman has brown spotting after a menstrual cycle, the color is from small amounts of menstrual blood that has stayed in the vaginal canal for a few days. It can come out very gradually, causing the spotting. It is nothing to worry about. ...Read more

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Brown spotting after an abnormally short period. What's this mean?

Brown spotting after an abnormally short period. What's this mean?

Abnormal bleeding: You may have some changes in your menstrual cycles that are normal but you are still ovulating. Some women will have some spotting for days after their cycle ends or if they don't ovulate. I would monitor your cycles and see if there are other symptoms as well to see if this is becoming a normal pattern for you. If it becomes a pattern, I would recommend you talk to your doctor about this. ...Read more

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I had my period for one day and I had brown spotting what does that mean?

I had my period for one day and I had brown spotting what does that mean?

Menstrual variation: Old blood mixed with vaginal and cervical mucous, Your cycles can vary from month to month based on hormonal variations, stress, tension, anxiety, illness or aging. This is a normal variation. Please do not worry. Keep a menstrual diary to track your cycles. ...Read more

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Brown spotting for 1 day (the day expected period), the next day is nothing (today). Took postinor-2 2 weeks ago. What does this mean?

Brown spotting for 1 day (the day expected period), the next day is nothing (today). Took postinor-2 2 weeks ago. What does this mean?

Expected: Brown simply indicates old blood. The color is not very meaningful. Emergency contraception (postinor) is a high dose of birth control to disrupt the hormonal patterns to delay or prevent ovulation. Abnormal bleeding after is common. A pregnancy test should be done in 10 days. ...Read more

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I had an irregular period two weeks ago. Now brown spotting. What does this mean?

I had an irregular period two weeks ago. Now brown spotting. What does this mean?

Many things: Pregnancy if you're sexually active without protection. Irregularity of period if your not pregnant. Check a home pregnancy test to be sure. If the test is negative, see how your cycle goes next period. ...Read more

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What could a brown spotting mean a week before period Everyday straight? It happened before and I feel weak. Could it be my pill?

What could a brown spotting mean a week before period Everyday straight? It happened before and I feel weak. Could it be my pill?

Breakthrough bleedin: Can happen with the BCP if it happens every month talk to your doctor about changing your BCP. Also if you miss a pill it can cause the spotting. ...Read more

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Took Plan B two days before period was meant to come. Had brown spotting for two days. It has now been a week since expected period and nothing. Preg?

Took Plan B two days before period was meant to come. Had brown spotting for two days. It has now been a week since expected period and nothing. Preg?

Doubtful, but....: Check a pregnancy test just to make sure not pregnant. The bleeding you had with your Plan B was likely your period, but it is very common for it to be very unusual in amount and duration. It is also not unusual for you to "miss" your "normal" period as the lining of the uterus has already shed itself. But if you have any concerns about pregnancy, an OTC test is accurate, quick and cheap ...Read more

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Hi I am 9 day post natural FET and having cramps and brown spotting since this afternoon. Is this means period? Is there any hope?

Hi I am 9 day post natural FET and having cramps and brown spotting since this afternoon. Is this means period? Is there any hope?

Pregnancy test: You will have to wait a few more days until you reach the 2 week post transfer time. Then you can check a pregnancy test and see what the results are. I wish you the best fortune ...Read more

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Day of period a spot of red blood, two days brown spotting was intimate and had a little red blood and then nothing. What could this mean?

Day of period a spot of red blood, two days brown spotting was intimate and had a little red blood and then nothing. What could this mean?

Common complaint: 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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What does it mean when you have dark brown spotting, large clots, and cramping before your period?

What does it mean when you have dark brown spotting, large clots, and cramping before your period?

Progesterone: You have inadequate progesterone production the 2 weeks before your period. Try to find a PCP or OB/GYN to put you on cyclic progesterone during this part if your menstrual cycle. ...Read more

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I ended my period a week ago now I've had brown spotting a and now its bright red with cramping? What could this mean, im ttc?

I ended my period a week ago now I've had brown spotting a and now its bright red with cramping? What could this mean, im ttc?

Need eval: Irreg bleeding and spotting can occur commonly. When you are trying to conceive if you planned it appropriately at last ovulation - you cold have had a fertilization that did not result in a viable pregnancy and this can lead to this type of bleeding and cramping. Take home pregnancy test and sched appoint to see your pcp. Good luck to you. ...Read more

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