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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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I started bleeding on wednesday and it stopped on friday. Now its sunday and im expiriencing spotting and cramps. What does this mean?

I started bleeding on wednesday and it stopped on friday. Now its sunday and im expiriencing spotting and cramps. What does this mean?

Your hormones are in: .. flux for some reason, so hang on for the ride. Irregular periods and spotting could mean you may have some hormonal imbalance that could be affected by many different factors, including age (if approaching menopause?), nutrition, illness, exercise (or lack of it), body girth, psychological well-being, stress, season, or simple fluctuations of other related hormones (thyroid for example). ...Read more

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What does it mean if your having an extremely light spotting and light cramps a week before period?

Spotting: 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 if you miss 4 pills in a row around ovulation time and then on the 5th day you have spotting and cramping?

What does it mean if you miss 4 pills in a row around ovulation time and then on the 5th day you have spotting and cramping?

Withdrawal bleed: Stopping the pills is sort of like taking the 7 placebo pills at the end of the pack. There's a sudden drop in the hormone levels and it can cause you to have an early period, though the period will probably be lighter than usual. Understand that you are no longer protected, so will need to use a back-up contraception until you start your next pack. ...Read more

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Do cramping and spotting at 8 weeks mean I have had a miscarriage?

Do cramping and spotting at 8 weeks mean I have had a miscarriage?

Might be warnings: It is important to stay calm, get information and stay positive even if the news is not reassuring. Stress itself is not good for mom. Later in pregnancy it might affect the fetus negatively (we don't know about the 8-week embryo). So any woman with cramping and spotting should see her OB doctor, determine if the fetal heart beat is present, learn the cause of bleeding, do her best to rest/relax. ...Read more

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What does it mean if i'm spotting light pink with mild cramps 8 days before my period?

What does it mean if i'm spotting light pink with mild cramps 8 days before my period?

Too numerous: There are many possibilities- they may involve endocrine changes or tissue changes- such as fibroids, polyps, etc. It is best to make an appointment with a gynecologist for full evaluation. ...Read more

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I am 9 days past ovulation I am having mild cramping and spotting, what does this mean?

I am 9 days past ovulation I am having mild cramping and spotting, what does this mean?

period: It may just be the start of your period. If your period / bleeding continues to be unusually light, do a pregnancy test. ...Read more

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I have had light cramping in my left ovary for two day and now spotting today..what could this mean?

I have had light cramping in my left ovary for two day and now spotting today..what could this mean?

Hormonal imbalance: It is unlikely that a woman can feel cramping in the ovary. 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. ...Read more

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I've had cramping for 2 weeks than one day of heavy period than spotting the next. What does this mean?

Period variation: Cramping for "two weeks" may be related to several issues, so more information is necessary to give a complete answer. If pregnancy is possible, it may happen with miscarriage. Also, a large clot may block the cervical canal and stop bleeding, and when the clot breaks up, the blocked bleeding is released and seems overly "heavy". ...Read more

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I had IUI on 25 jan , no cramping no problems. But now on 31 jan I have started spotting. What does this mean?

I had IUI on 25 jan , no cramping no problems. But now on 31 jan I have started spotting. What does this mean?

Low hormones: It may indicate your hormones are low. It may also be early implantation bleeding. Or it could be a sign of an early period. No way to know yet unless your have your estrogen and Progesterone blood levels tested. ...Read more

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I'm 2 days late , I do feel cramping and bloated ... had intercourse and now I'm spotting light pink , what does that mean ?

I'm 2 days late , I do feel cramping and bloated ... had intercourse and now I'm spotting light pink , what does that mean ?

Pregnancy test: Do a home pregnancy test. If the result is negative repeat the test 4-5 days later unless you get a period by then. Use first morning urine and follow the instructions for the test carefully.
If you do not wish to be pregnant, use contraception all the time, every time. You may consider implanted contraceptive, or IUD.
Practice safe sex. ...Read more

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8 days past iui.. Now having light and very dull cramping.. No spotting or bleeding.. What does that mean? Anything serious?

8 days past iui.. Now having light and very dull cramping.. No spotting or bleeding.. What does that mean? Anything serious?

See Doctor: There are many reasons that cramping may occur
it would be best to see your doctor, have an exam
and see what needs to be done. It is possible this
is not a serious problem. ...Read more

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What does it mean if you're on you're period but you are spotting and clots come out but they are dark and you are cramping ?

What does it mean if you're on you're period but you are spotting and clots come out but they are dark and you are cramping ?

Menses clots: Periods vary from time to time. Most women occasionally have a period where no egg is released and the periods can be heavier. If you are having large clots they can cause discomfort passing through the cervix. ...Read more

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I'm spotting at 13 weeks and it goes from a bright red to a light brown/tannish color but no cramping or clotting what does that mean?

I'm spotting at 13 weeks and it goes from a bright red to a light brown/tannish color but no cramping or clotting what does that mean?

13 weeks: You need an ultrasound to see if have a small sub chorionic hemmorhage. These usually resolve with bedrest. Call your obgyn and report this to them. ...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 wasnt 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 wasnt 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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I've been spotting since Wednesday and it's very light pink and only in tissue. Also I have mild cramps. Last period was feb 16-20th whta this mean?

I've been spotting since Wednesday and it's very light pink and only in tissue. Also I have mild cramps. Last period was feb 16-20th whta this mean?

It depends: If you've either not had sex in the past month or have been using effective contraception, it may be just random hormonal changes. You may have a perfectly normal period mid-March. On the other hand, if you have had sex and/or not used a reliable contraceptive, check a pregnancy test if your period doesn't come on time. ...Read more

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What does it mean if im spotting and cramping 2 weeks after period?

Nonspecific: The meaning depends on what has been happening in your life as a whole. Are you under increased stress? Dieting? Unusually sexually active? Started a new exercise program? You are at an age when spotting between periods is common due to changes in hormones which can be due to diet, stress, exercise, et al. ...Read more

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What does it mean if im spotting and cramping four days before my periods due?

What does it mean if im spotting and cramping four days before my periods due?

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. 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 mild cramping and brownish spotting mean when its 7 days post frozen embryo transfer?

Hopefully implantati: Brown discharge is usually a sign of old blood associated with the embryo implanting in the uterus. If the bleeding becomes bright red or the pain severe then you should contact your provider. ...Read more

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I'm experiencing cramps in my lower abdomen and back but I'm only spotting what does this mean ?

I'm experiencing cramps in my lower abdomen and back but I'm only spotting what does this mean ?

Menstrual cramping: usually hormonally induced, best relieved with the use of Aleve (naproxen) or Advil ( if not allergic to NSAIDS ); however I would recommend a GYN pelvic exam and evaluation. ...Read more

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2weeks ago got my 1stperiod since i had normal delivery last jan. Im spotting and cramping and dizziness what does it mean?

2weeks ago got my 1stperiod since i had normal delivery last jan. Im spotting and cramping and dizziness what does it mean?

Do A Pregnancy Test: It is normal for periods to be delayed after a delivery. If you have had unprotected sex then it will be wise to do a pregnancy test. Hormonal changes are common in the first few menstrual cycles after a birth. They can be associated with dizziness and some cramping. Check blood count to make sure you are not anemic. Good Luck! ...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?

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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I had light period oct 13 for about 4-5 days. Sex on oct 21st & on oct 28 have light spotting and some cramping. What can that mean?

I had light period oct 13 for about 4-5 days. Sex on oct 21st & on oct 28 have light spotting and some cramping. What can that mean?

Hard to tell...: A doctor can check to see if there is a medical issue, if a woman has mild menstrual-related symptoms. Many women have some variation of mucus discharge, of periods, or a missed period on occasion. Some women feel normal after a few days, but others have bothersome symptoms and follow-up with a doctor. A urine pregnancy test is accurate if done correctly, after missing a period or 3 wks after sex. ...Read more