Mid-cycle Spotting

Vaginal bleeding that occurs outside your menstrual periods is called mid-cycle spotting. Some of the causes are hormonal imbalance, ovarian cyst rupture, uterine fibroids, after sex or vigorous exercise, pelvic inflammatory disease, and use of progestin-only birth control pills.

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There is brown spotting a week before periods. Is it a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an I-pill after 48 hours of intercourse. Now I am experiencing brown spotting a week before my periods. Is it a sign of pregnancy?  Read Full »


Dr. Sree Gouri. S. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. As you took an emergency contraceptive pill within 48 hours of intercourse, you can expect around 75 % protection towards pregnancy. The protection rate decreases with a delay in the intake of pill from intercourse. The spotting you had could be due to withdrawal effec...  Read Full »

I am a 23-year-old female with irregular periods and spotting. How to treat it naturally?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 23-year-old female, not married, and have never had sexual intercourse. I have been spotting or bleeding for seven to ten days with clots, ten days after my regular period for two months, but I always had my period within 26 to 27 days. I got myself tested with ultrasound and hormo...  Read Full »


Dr. Pandian. P

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I understand your concern. Firstly I would suggest you do the following tests: Pap smear (papanicolaou test) of vaginal discharge for microbiology. Urine routine and culture test. PT INR (prothrombin time test) and coagulation profile. Kindly do the tests ...  Read Full »

Is it possible to get spotting before periods after stopping a morning pill?

Query: Hello doctor, I took a morning pill six months ago. Since then, I can see blood spots every month just before my period starts. There is no discharge. The period is fine and regular.  Read Full »


Dr. Vidya Muralidhar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. The abnormal pattern of spotting cannot be due to the pill as it has been there for longer than expected, for it to be a side effect of the pill.You will need an examination to rule out local causes like:Cervical erosion. Polyps. Endometrial hyperplasia. Polyps. Fibroi...  Read Full »

Which test should I undergo for irregular periods?

Query: Hello doctor,I had a one-day period during my last menstrual cycle. After 14 days, I had pink spotting for three days. Then it turned to a brown discharge and then a normal bleeding like my menstruation. All this went on for 10 days. Today, the bleeding is very light. I am trying to conceive. My gyn...  Read Full »


Dr. Neha Singh Rathod

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. Yes, once the bleeding has completely stopped, you can go for the hysterosalpingography test. So, please wait until then. Once the period gets over, immediately on the next day, you can go for the test. However, if you have a doubt, get back to me.Take care. For furthe...  Read Full »

Is there any possibility of pregnancy after taking I-pill?

Query: Hello doctor, My wife started her last menstrual cycle on the 22nd of the previous month. We had protected sex on the 27th of the previous month. Unfortunately, the condom ruptured but, I was able to pull it out a few seconds before ejaculating. Just to be safe, she took an I-pill seven hours after ...  Read Full »


Dr. Deepti Verma

Answer: Hello, Welcome to icliniq.com. I have gone through your query and understand the concerns. I-pill has the usual side effect of delaying the next expected periods by two to three weeks. So, most likely her periods are delayed due to the pill. I will suggest her to get a urine pregnancy test don...  Read Full »

Is spotting after 20 days of intercourse, a sign of implantation bleeding?

Query: Hello doctor, About 20 days ago, my fiancee and I had sex. When she was getting off, the condom slipped but my semen did not come in contact with her. Just to be sure, we had a pregnancy test after four days, and it showed negative. We repeated the test again after 14 days, and it showed negative a...  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, How are you doing? The only way to confirm her pregnancy, is to take the urine pregnancy test at least one day after the expected date of periods. If a confirmation is required, take a serum beta hCG test. This can detect a pregnancy, even in its earliest stage. This shows a positive even b...  Read Full »

Why do I have spotting for more than 15 days after my periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been spotting for more than 15 days without any pain. I had periods before 20 days, and it has not completely disappeared. I am married but had not had sex in the last two years. I had missing and irregular menstrual cycle once a year, but never like this. I had progesterone six ye...  Read Full »


Dr. Aishwarya Parthasarathy

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. If you are spotting for the first time, then I suggest tablet Trapic (Tranexamic acid) thrice daily until bleeding stops. If it persists, then visit your nearest obstetrician and gynecologist and get an internal examination and pap smear. For further information consult...  Read Full »

Will taking of Provera for irregular periods cause intermittent bleeding and spotting?

Query: Hello doctor, My fiancee has a history of irregular periods, and her periods gets delayed every month. Recently, her period got delayed for two weeks, so she took Provera for five days. After the second day of stopping Provera, she got her periods. On the second day of her bleeding, we got sexually ...  Read Full »


Dr. Garima Sawhney

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. There is very less chance of conceiving when a female is menstruating. In your case, there was no intercourse, so the chances are very less. But, we need to know the reason for spotting: Some hormonal imbalance. PCOD (polycystic ovary disease). Pregnancy, wh...  Read Full »

After insertion of Mirena IUD, I have spotting every day. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor,I had a Mirena IUD inserted before 18 months. I used to spot for a day or so in every few months. But, for the last two weeks, I have been spotting every day. Is this normal?  Read Full »


Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. It is one of the complications of LNG-IUD (Levonorgestrel-releasing intrauterine device) or Mirena. The Levonorgestrel being released by the IUD makes the inner lining of the uterus or the endometrium so thin that it will just give way. Let me give you a few facts. By ...  Read Full »

Should I get tested or consult a doctor for my mid-cycle spotting?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 23 years old. My period cycle (for the last four or five cycles) has been for 25 to 27 days. I have a partner, and we are sexually active. I have a history of PCOS. My current cycle began in the middle of this month, and the cycle before that started in the middle of last month. I h...  Read Full »


Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hi, Welcome to icliniq.com. I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. Firstly the medicines you are taking are perfectly fine for PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome). A period cycle of 25 to 27 days is perfectly fine. You said you are experiencing spotting, which is somewhat identic...  Read Full »

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