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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My prolactin level is 121 ng/mL. What is the reason for my increased prolactin level before marriage?

Query: Hi doctor,My prolactin level is 121 ng/mL, TSH level is 3.67 mU/L, FSH level is 6.7 IU/L, LH level is 5.2 IU/L, and ferritin level is 15.6 mcg/L. My period flow has reduced from four and a half days to two and a half days over the past year. It occurs due to the medications taken for skin lightening...  Read Full »

Dr. Shaikh Sadaf

Answer: Hi,Welcome to the reports attached (attachment removed to protect the patient's identity), you have hyperprolactinemia. Do you have vision problems or headaches? Take an MRI (magnetic resonance imaging) pituitary to observe enlargement. I suggest (consult with a specialist doctor, t...  Read Full »

Has weight loss and age got anything to do with my shorter and scanty periods?

Query: Hello doctor,Since I turned 30, my periods have been shorter or lighter, lasting one to two days when they used to be five. However, they are regular, arriving almost the same day every month. I do not have any other symptoms, and my periods are generally the same every month, although they were sli...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. Exercise, breastfeeding, stress, etc. can be cause for lighter periods. Please, tell me, since how many months are you observing lighter periods than earlier? Is it only in the last two months or a few more month...  Read Full »

Are headaches and an itchy nipple normal after periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 23-year-old female of height 5 feet 5 inches, and weight 170 lbs. My last period ended two weeks ago. The flow was not as it usually would be. Since my period ended, I have been suffering from headaches. Today, I had an itchy nipple. Is this normal after a periods? Currently, I ...  Read Full »

Dr. Rajesh Jain

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.comI understand the condition. You need not worry about it. To treat and avoid recurrence of your headaches, do neck, back, and shoulder exercises regularly. I would suggest deep breathing exercises along with eyes exercises, sitting in the proper position, and correct post...  Read Full »

Can I consider the lighter periods after taking Unwanted-72 as implantation bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor, I took an Unwanted-72 pill after 80 hours of intercourse, my period started three days early, and it lasted only three days. It was with normal flow, and my bleeding stopped now, but I am still having pain in that area and feeling a little weak. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Menstrual irregularities, in your case, could be due to hormonal imbalance caused by an I-pill. You have taken I-pill a little late for time, but as menses resumed, there is almost no chance of pregnancy in your case. I suggest you take a pain...  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 normal to have lighter 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 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 took two pregnancy tests. One was positive and the other negative. Can you help?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 32 years old. I amhyperthyroidand I havepolycystic ovaries. I had my period for just one day last month. It was very light. I, however, took two pregnancy tests two days ago. The first one read positive and the second, which was taken a few hours after read negative. Could you pleas...  Read Full »

Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thyroid disorder and polycystic ovaries, both can cause menstrual irregularity. They are also responsible for lighter periods. But, test once positive, cannot be ignored. I think you should get a TVS (transvaginal scan) done and a beta hCG (human chorionic gonadotr...  Read Full »

After having protected sex, I bled very less during my period. Can I be pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 20 year old girl. Last month on 22nd, I had protected sex. And on 28th, I got two or three drops of bleeding, and it was my date of periods. After that, I did not get any periods. Am I pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Gowrimeena

Answer: Hi, Welcome to From what you have said, it looks like you are not ready for a pregnancy. As the bleeding on 28th was not like a normal period, pregnancy chance is very much possible. It may just be a delayed period, due to the stress and tension you are having. But we need to check. P...  Read Full »

After taking the Unwanted 72 pill, I experienced spotting on the tenth day. What can be the reason?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected sex on the sixth day of my period. I took an Unwanted 72 pill within two hours on the same day. On the tenth day, I experienced spotting. Is there any chance that I am pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Maneesha

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thanks for writing in, and I understand your concern. Ovulation (release of the egg) occurs after the 14th day, which during intercourse fuse with the sperm that can lead to pregnancy. So here, the chance of pregnancy is nil. As you had sexual intercourse before...  Read Full »

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. Balakrishnan. R

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 »

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