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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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I notice brown spotting after taking a protective pill. Why?

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 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 effect...  Read Full »

I am on DHEA and had spotting with negative LH surge. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 41 years old and trying to conceive for 13 months. My AMH is 4.3 and FSH is 8.2. Thyroid and uterus are all normal. I was put on IVF short protocol before six months and managed to get only one egg and IUI failed. I fell pregnant naturally after three months but had a miscarriag...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Answer: Hello, Welcome to If there has been no LH (luteinizing hormone) surge positivity in the kit and you have spotted, it simply means that this is irregular shedding where the endometrium has grown till mid-cycle and is unsupported in the absence of progesterone which is released post ovu...  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 as...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, 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 before it can be pick...  Read Full »

Does brown spotting mean I am pregnant?

Query: Hello doctor, The last day of my period was 25 days back. My partner and I had unprotected sex a week later using the withdrawal method. Last day, I experienced having a light brown spot. My next period is due in a few days. I am 18 years old. Am I pregnant?  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Drops of semen if by chance transfer to the vagina, then just a single sperm is enough to have conception but this process is not so simple as it seems. You are scared even without penetrative sex but as it was done around fertile period so that is why thinking of the p...  Read Full »

I have been having spotting between my periods. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I have been having spotting between my periods for the past seven months. Spotting always appears between my periods, and it lasts for a day or two. It always happens around the same time. I believe it is not from ovulation. I have had normal periods overall. In the past, I have faced the...  Read Full »

Dr. Obinna Ugwuoke

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Spotting in between periods can be caused by quite a number of things ranging from normal hormonal fluctuation to structural problems in the uterus. Sometimes, there is spotting a few days after the period. It is usually pinkish or brownish i...  Read Full »

I have spotting between periods after taking Primoult-N. Why?

Query: Hi doctor,I had taken Primolut-N three months back for ten days. I get my periods within twenty days every month after taking the tablet. But I have spotting ten days after the periods, which lasts till my next period. I have been having this for the last three consecutive months. Please help.Thank ...  Read Full »

Dr. Vandana Andrews

Answer: Hi, I appreciate you signing up on You now have exclusive access to expert medical opinion. The tablet Primolut N (Norethisterone 5 mg) is a synthetic progestogen medication used to treat various menstrual disorders, including irregular periods and heavy bleeding. It works by thickenin...  Read Full »

I had a light pink spot in the cervical mucus. Is it normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am using an Ovaral D tablet and today is the 14th day of being on the pill. I observed a light pink spot in the cervical mucus. May I know is this normal?  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I do not see that as a symptom to worry about. As long as you are taking the pills daily without fail, you are safe and the cycle is under your control. Preferably try to take the pills daily at the same time, so that you do not forget. By chance you vomited within a...  Read Full »

Is it normal to bleed in between periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 32 years old, and I am not married. I am overweight, and I have been experiencing regular ovulation bleeding or spotting for the last eight months. Unfortunately, the problem is getting worse. I consulted a gynecologist who pinned the problem to PCOS (which I do have, but I had never...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I fully understand your concern and will surely help you. PCOS (polycystic ovarian syndrome) can have hormonal imbalance resulting in abnormal uterine bleeding. Also, your weight is more for your height. Please give me some details about when you got your last period, c...  Read Full »

There is white vaginal discharge with mild spotting. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My girlfriend had her periods 16 days back but two days back she had a white spotting and today she had blood coming out of her vagina for a second but stopped. Please tell me what does this mean.  Read Full »

Dr. Kamalpreet Kaur Nagpal

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The reason for this kind of bleeding can be some abnormal uterine bleeding or simply ovulation bleeding. Today is her 16th day of period probably ovulation day and her detailed obstetric history is not known. So watch for any pain or repeat episode of bleeding and if so...  Read Full »

My 14-year-old daughter had some blood stains when she wiped her vagina. Why so?

Query: Hello doctor,My 14-year-old daughter got her first period a few months back and had it for a month. Yesterday she went to the bathroom and saw some blood when she wiped her vagina. But she had no stains on the pantyliner that she had worn for 2 hours that day. She thought her period was starting aga...  Read Full »

Dr. Tara Devi

Answer: Hello, Welocme to Having irregular periods and spotting before periods with less flow is normal. Wait till she is 16 years old. It may take at least two years for hormones to regularize, and the periods will happen monthly. Nothing to worry about. Try to lose weight; it will help her ...  Read Full »

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