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 have pregnancy symptoms even after using a contraceptive implant. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 22 year old female, who has a 2 years old son. After he was born, I got a contraceptive implant. At first, the bleeding was not stopping, so the doctor made me take contraceptive pills, which helped stop the bleeding. The bleeding stopped for eight months, then when I started get...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to How are you doing? From your history, I feel you are not having a good time with the implant. This subcutaneous device keeps releasing hormones throughout the speculated time. But this period issue is the main problem. As you are nearing the due date for removal of thi...  Read Full »

How can we induce missed periods after taking a contraceptive pill?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex before four months, after which I consumed two contraceptive pills at very close intervals, with a gap of two days. In the next month, I faced irregular periods. My bleeding is deficient in the range that there is no need to use sanitary napkins. But I feel every us...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. I would request you to get a urine pregnancy test to be sure. If you have taken the test and it is negative, the delay and minimal bleeding are due to the contraceptive pills (imbalance in progesterone and estrogen). Do not stress. This a...  Read Full »

Does taking multiple Unwanted-72 pills in short intervals cause menstrual problems?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 28 years old. I had unprotected sex twice last month. After that, I took the Unwanted-72 pill both days with a gap of two days. Now I have problems with my period. The bleeding is lighter and lasts only for one or two days. I have this problem for two months. What can I do now?  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Do not worry. As the Unwanted-72 pill (Levonorgestrel) has hormones, these mess with the hormonal balance in your body. This causes side effects like bleeding, spotting, irregular period, and also may cause delayed periods, nausea, and vomitin...  Read Full »

Why did I not get periods even after taking Meprate?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to know about the missed periods. I had sex two months back, and I got my periods after 12 days. I have not got my periods after that, and I consulted a physician. She recommended me Meprate 10 mg. I took Meprate for five days but have not got the period till today. For the first ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I have gone through the description you provided, but specific details are missing and are required to identify the problem. Can you tell me from which date to which date did you take Meprate tablets, whether single daily or twice daily dosage? It usually may take up...  Read Full »

Why do I start bleeding on the 20th day of my cycle?

Query: Hi doctor, I want to ask questions regarding my menstrual cycle. I am 32 years old and trying to have a baby. I started to have bleeding on the 20th day of the cycle. My bleeding was lighter than usual. It lasted for three days. What is the possible cause? Usually, I have a regular 28 days cycle....  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are 32 years old. If you are having unprotected sex after your last period or unprotected sex around 10 to 12 days back, then you can have implantation bleeding. It occurs when the egg gets fertilized or when you become pregnant. You can c...  Read Full »

Why are my periods while on OCP after the removal of IUD extremely light?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 33 years old. I have removed my IUD before two months as I am planning for pregnancy. I am taking an oral contraceptive pill since IUD removal as I do not want to become pregnant immediately. But I am concerned about my periods after taking the pill and IUD removal. My periods last ...  Read Full »

Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I am explaining the actions of estrogen-progestin contraceptive and Levonorgestrel IUD (intra-uterine device) affecting fertility. The combination of OC (oral contraceptive) suppresses basal FSH (follicle-stimulating hormone) and LH (luteinizing hormone). They reduc...  Read Full »

After a miscarriage, why do I not bleed and only have thick brown discharge during periods?

Query: Hi doctor,I am 37 years old. I had a miscarriage and abortion a year back. After that, I started to have periods regularly every 26 days. But I do not have bleeding. I have only thick brown discharge two drops in a day and it lasts for two days. Usually, I use to have heavy periods for five to six d...  Read Full »

Dr. Lorena Zijaj

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. After D&C (dilation and curettage) abortion, scar tissues or adhesions are formed inside the uterus. It is referred to as Asherman syndrome. The majority of women have this syndrome with few periods or absence of periods. Sometimes, in men...  Read Full »

Is it good to take birth control pill for a single day?

Query: Hi doctor, Is it good to take a birth control pill for a single day? I took it on the first day of my period and then I stopped it. Will it affect my period?   Read Full »

Dr. Deepti Katarya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Birth control pills are effective when it is taken consistently at the same time daily for seven days. A single pill will less likely affect your periods and it does not produce protection from pregnancy too.  Read Full »

Can endometriosis result in slight bleeding on and off for a month?

Query: Hi doctor,I got my regular periods and it stopped after five days. After ten days, it got started again. It was not heavy but I had some clots now and then. Still, it has been two and a half weeks, it has not stopped till now. I have a family history of endometriosis. My mother and my grandmother ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It seems that you have prolonged menstrual bleeding. There are many reasons to have this issue. It is very important to reach a definitive diagnosis by doing certain investigations. So that, appropriate treatment can be given. As you have a family history of endomet...  Read Full »

Is light period a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 22-year-old woman. I am sexually active, and my last sexual activity was a week after my last month period. Usually, my period is regular each month, say with one or two days difference. This month, about four days ago, I have started experiencing a very light period that comes...  Read Full »

Dr. Manisha Auradkar Raghunath Auradkar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I can understand your concern. The symptoms you have mentioned are not specific of pregnancy. As you mentioned, you have been under stress, and stress commonly leads to menstrual irregularities. Did you have your periods last month in the said duration? If not, and...  Read Full »

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