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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 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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What does it mean when youre spotting during your period?

What does it mean when youre spotting during your period?

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 periods for a girl, use of an intrauterine device, oral contraceptives, perimenopause ; implantation bleeding in early pregnancy which rarely occurs. ...Read more

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What does it mean when u keep spotting after your period already is off ?

What does it mean when u keep spotting after your period already is off ?

Post menopausal spot: If you are post menopausal and still spotting, you need to see a MD to assess why as uterine cancer presents this way. If you pre menopausal, sometimes "leftover" blood in the vagina escapes after the period is finished. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you had your period but start spotting 3 days later?

Probably nothing : A little bit of bleeding after your period means that you had some extra blood in the vagina and uterus that needed to come out. If the spotting continues schedule a visit for an exam and std testing. ...Read more

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I havnt had a period in over a year and now I'm spotting what does this mean?

I havnt had a period in over a year and now I'm spotting what does this mean?

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 repeat a home pregnancy test . There are many options available to help regulate the menstrual cycle. Schedule a visit. ...Read more

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Spotting then 1 day heavy period then spotting on and off. What does that mean?

Spotting then 1 day heavy period then spotting on and off. What does that mean?

Many possibilities: Many things can throw off you period. If you are not pregnant, it could be other hormones such as your thyroid, stress can effect menstruation, low body weight, other medical conditions. Recommend follow up with gynecologist ...Read more

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What does spotting before your period followed by a period that lasts 10 days mean?

What does spotting before your period followed by a period that lasts 10 days mean?

Something is not nor: Normal , must r/o preg, could be other female hormones being messed up or a problems with yoru cervix or uterus such as infection, polyps, fibroids, precancer or other so see your gyn for an exam , blood work, cultures and an ultrasound. ...Read more

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What does it mean when your are spotting one week after your period and it is heavy?

What does it mean when your are spotting one week after your period and it is heavy?

Concerning: At 48 years of age that can be concerning for polyp, fibroid, hormone changes, adenomyosis, endometriosis, pre-cancer lesions of the uterus. Basically, you need a doctor to evaluate which of these it might be. Heavy bleeding in women your age definitely needs to be evaluated to make sure there's no concerning lesion causing this bleeding. An simple biopsy can tell you, and ultrasound helps too! ...Read more

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Period do in 5 days. Went for a jog yesterday then I was spotting what does that mean?

Period do in 5 days. Went for a jog yesterday then I was spotting what does that mean?

Might come early: The lining inside the uterus is shed with your period every month. Sometimes, the hormonal changes can occur earlier than anticipated leading to early menses. It's the interplay of hormonal changes in your body that dictate when the period will initiate but it can be less fine tuned than we would like it. ...Read more

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What does it mean when when you have your period an an start spotting after you period?

What does it mean when when you have your period an an start spotting  after you period?

Probably nothing : A little bit of bleeding after your period means that you had some extra blood in the vagina and uterus that needed to come out. If the spotting continues schedule a visit for an exam and std testing. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have a period and then began spotting 1 week and a half later?

What does it mean when you have a period and then began spotting 1 week and a half later?

See a physician: Abnormal bleeding past the age of 40 in women warrants investigation. This may just be hormonal changes but can also be caused by polyps, infections, overgrowth of uterine lining and uterine cancer. This is one of the red flag warning symptoms for cancer in women. This should be evaluated. ...Read more

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What does it mean when you have ur period for 2days then stop then start spotting the next day?

What does it mean when you have ur period for 2days then stop then start spotting the next day?

Menses: There are a number of potential causes of this type of bleeding. As a woman grows older and nears the menopause menses get lighter and lighter, and may include spotting. Do you have any symptoms of menopause like hot flushes and night sweats, vaginal dryness? Pregnancy can also cause this type of bleeding. ...Read more

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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?

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. ...Read more

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M period is messed up. I've only been spotting since Halloween. Still haven't got my actual period. I'm scared. What does this mean. ?

M period is messed up. I've only been spotting since Halloween. Still haven't got my actual period. I'm scared. What does this mean. ?

Exam needed: Don't be scared, but do have an exam. No one can make a good Dx w/o one and possible some lab tests too. Discovering the cause early will pay off in many ways. Relax and call for an appointment at your Dr or at a Women's Clinic. Best! ...Read more

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I spotting brown, but its not my period. What could this mean?

I spotting brown, but its not my period. What could this mean?

spotting: It might be spotting which happens alot to teens. If sexually active it could be an early pregnancy. ...Read more

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Just had a period on the 13th. Now im spotting what could this mean.

Just had a period on the 13th. Now im spotting what could this mean.

Irregular 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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Why have i spotting i didnt come on my period yet just doing alot of spotting what does that mean?

Why have i spotting i didnt come on my period yet just doing alot of spotting what does that mean?

Many reasons: It could be due to some lesion in the vagina or cervix or even in the uterus.It could also be hormonally related.The bottom line is you would need a gynecological exam to determine the reason. ...Read more

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Spotting 15 days before period what it means?

Spotting 15 days before period what it means?

Ovulation: Given the timing of the spotting, midcycle, this is most likely related to a brief, abrupt drop in estrogen that occurs with ovulation. Given your age, greater than 40, you must have this evaluated by your ob/gyn. This evaluation should include an exam, ultrasound and endometrial biopsy! ...Read more

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Spotting a week before period, what can this mean?

Spotting a week before period, what can this mean?

Often it means: Not enough progestterone in relation to estrogen, but can be form other causes like fibroids, polyps, etc., plese see your gyn for an evaluation. ...Read more

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What does it mean spotting before yo period means?

What does it mean spotting before yo period means?

Hormone imbalance: See your Primary care or GYN for exam ...Read more

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Spotting 8-10 days before actual period . What does this mean?

Spotting 8-10 days before actual period . What does this mean?

Spotting: On BCP or IUD? can have intermittent spotting. May also be variation, infection, occasionally fibroid, polyp and may need sonogram Would check HCG. f/u with doc ...Read more

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Spotting pink and brown 5 days before period what does it mean?

Spotting pink and brown 5 days before period what does it mean?

I'm not sure: There are a lot of possible reasons: just an early period, a pregnancy from the last cycle with some spotting as the fetus implants in the uterus lining, an old tampon that wasn't removed, an infection, the start of a miscarriage from the last cycle, something related to birth control pills, etc it depends on the age and history of the woman. If there are unusual cramps or no period, see M.D. ...Read more

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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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Menstrual Period (Definition)

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