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Lighter Periods

Various factors can affect a person’s menstrual flow and make periods lighter than usual. Some of the common causes of lighter periods are sudden weight loss or gain, exercise, and stress. The other reasons include anovulation (no ovulation), pregnancy, breastfeeding, thyroid-related problems, and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome). Lighter periods once in a while is acceptable, but if you experience them for many months along with no periods, consult a doctor immediately.

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I suffer from scanty periods and abdominal pain. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am experiencing a scanty period in the second phase of my menstrual cycle. My prolactin serum count is 27 during this phase, and I have noticed slight abdominal pain. Please help. Thank you.  Read Full »


Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have read your query and can understand your concern. Considering the information provided, I suggest to consult a gynecologist for a thorough assessment. A scanty period and slight abdominal pain may suggest various underlying issues, including hormonal imbalances o...  Read Full »

Is it okay to get light periods after stopping the pill?

Query: Hello doctor, Before every period, I get a light brown discharge with brown cervical mucus for three to four days. After that, the bleeding starts, and then again, there is a brown discharge for two days. When bleeding starts, I use only one pad a day and, even that does not get full. I was on pill...  Read Full »


Dr. Sujata Mittal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. You have to understand that these are hormonal medicines meant for contraception with many side effects.They disturb the hypothalamus, pituitary, and ovarian axis and suppress your periods totally by reducing the endometrial thickness. Now, your cycles are trying...  Read Full »

I had my period while masturbating for one day, and there was white discharge after that. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my period while masturbating for one day then the next two days I felt signs of bloating blood. But when I checked every time there was nothing, and I found white stuff that looked like cum. I had sexual intercourse, but no semen was near my vagina, nor it went inside during the ...  Read Full »


Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I thoroughly read your query and understand your concern. This bleeding may be due to mild abrasion or excessive force used during masturbation. The white discharge may be due to a pelvic inflammatory response. I suggest you need antibiotics, analgesics, and antihis...  Read Full »

Can spotting be a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 30 years old and got married a year ago. We are trying for a baby for the last three months. My LMP was on the 9th of last month. I never faced issues with my menstrual cycle. It is a regular 29 day cycle. We had an unprotected sex from 17th to 25th for every alternate day. I have st...  Read Full »


Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. If the serum beta hCG test (human chorionic gonadotropin) as on 10th is less than 1, then you are surely not pregnant. The symptoms are a part of Premenstrual Syndrome(PMS) complex where stress and anxiety can often cause the scanty onset of menses. But, full flow ma...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex with my partner eight days after my period, and I have been having light bleeding from the 26th to the 32nd day of the menstrual cycle. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex with my boyfriend eight days after my menstruation, and it was the 13th day of my cycle. From the 26th day of my cycle until today, I am on the 32nd day and experiencing light bleeding. It only comes out when I go to the toilet, and it drips sometimes but never goes...  Read Full »


Dr. Kanani Darshan Jayantilal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. Ovulation bleeding, known as mid-cycle spotting, can occur in some women around ovulation. It is usually light and may be accompanied by mild cramping or discomfort. This bleeding is typically due to hormonal fluctuations and the release of an egg from the ovary. On th...  Read Full »

I have had a short menstrual duration for the past three years and my ultrasound indicates polycystic ovaries. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor, I went to the doctor last week for a checkup. I have a light period (usually my menstruation lasts for one or two days) but I get my period every month on the same date. I am facing this problem for about three years. Four years back, when I was 19 years old, I was very obese, and I ...  Read Full »


Dr. J. N. Naidu

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I appreciate that you have chosen icliniq for your medical needs. I suggest you do the following: Increase physical activity slowly by doing yoga, pranayama, etc. for 45 minutes daily. Eat more boiled vegetables and fruits. Avoid junk foods, carbonated beverages, i...  Read Full »

I have been facing less period flow. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor, I face some itching on my private part, and I went to a gynecologist last month. They prescribed me some medicine, Diane-35. I use that, and after using it, I face less period flow, and then I contact my doctor. She told me to stop taking that medicine, and I stopped it. But this month, I...  Read Full »


Dr. Obinna Ugwuoke

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. A shorter period is abnormal and could cause psychological stress for the woman. The shorter period from Diana (Methandienone) is not a common side effect. The estrogen content in Diana (Methandienone) stimulates the growth of the endometrium, a...  Read Full »

I have light bleeding and a short period cycle. What to do?

Query: Hello doctor, I have light bleeding and a short period cycle. What to do? Please help.  Read Full »


Dr. Khushbu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Experiencing lighter bleeding and shorter periods can be unsettling, and it is important to understand the potential causes and how to address them. The possible causes could be: 1. Lifestyle factors: Stress, significant weight fluctuati...  Read Full »

Can I spot light bleeding even after protected sex?

Query: Hello doctor,I had sex with my boyfriend twice two weeks before. It was protected sex and my last period was five days before that. After a week, I started a yoga teacher training course where we did intense yoga for two hours, and today I spotted light bleeding in the morning. I am stressed. Does t...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. To get pregnant, the sperms have to be released inside the vagina of the female. These sperms then need to fertilize an egg which may or may not be available depending on the ovulation pattern of the female....  Read Full »

My period is very light and appears like dirty water. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 32 years old with a height of 5 feet and 5 inches and currently, I weigh 198 pounds. My last menstrual cycle occurred 37 days back and the current one started five days back. My period looks dark brown, and it is very light. It looks more like dirty water instead of blood. I am worrie...  Read Full »


Dr. Daswani Deepti Puranlal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I can understand your concern. I would like to explain to you that this kind of altered bleeding from the uterus can be due to a number of factors. Since you are 32 years old, I suggest you get yourself evaluated and get some tests done so as to be sure t...  Read Full »

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