Spotting is the abnormal vaginal bleeding between menstrual periods. Spotting is seen during ovulation, pregnancy, PCOS, birth control pills, uterine fibroid, vaginal infection, cervical polyps, and rough sexual intercourse.

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Is spotting for five without periods normal?

Query: Hello doctor, I am an 18-year-old female, and I suffer from irregular periods. I have been spotting daily for the past five months without proper periods. I lost some weight because of this. Kindly help.  Read Full »

Dr. Sangeeta Milap

Answer: Hi, Welcome to It appears like a hormonal imbalance which is common in young girls. But before I prescribe the required medication, it is important to know a few more things. So, kindly answer me the following; 1) Are there any chances of pregnancy? If ye...  Read Full »

What could be the reason for spotting in a postmenopausal woman?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 55-year-old woman. I stopped having periods three years ago. I visit my doctor every year for a gynecological physical and regular physical. My regular physical last year was great and my gynecological physicals have always been good as well except for uterine fibroids. My last ...  Read Full »

Dr. Purushottam Sah

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is blood spotting and it may be due to the presence of fibroids in the uterus or due to non-infective endometritis or due to some hormonal change. All these may occur after a gap of few years post-menopause, rarely Prozac may also cause bleeding. It may not occur...  Read Full »

I had intercourse with my spouse and took an I-pill the next day, after which I had bleeding. Is it normal?

Query: Hi doctor,I had intercourse with my spouse a few days ago. The next day, I took an i-pill and started bleeding the day after taking it. But the bleeding was not heavy. It is not even visible on my panty line. We are not planning on having a child, so I am concerned. My menstruation is due this month...  Read Full »

Dr. Reetika Joshi

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. The emergency contraceptive pills are hormone-based and work in three stages to prevent unplanned pregnancy. First, they delay the release of an egg from the ovary. Second, if the egg was already released before taking the dose, they preve...  Read Full »

Why am I seeing spottings in my underwear with delay in periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 19 year old female. I am concerned about my menstrual cycle. About two weeks ago, I noticed spotting in my underwear. It went on for two and a half days. On the first day it was reddish, and on the second day, it seemed a bit brownish. I was supposed to get my periods four days...  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? That was an excellent and elaborate history. You will do well in medicine. And, I am happy that I can use medical terms. Let me tell you though that the only significant part of this history was the high-stress levels which you laughed away. About th...  Read Full »

I am experiencing a dull feeling in my abdomen and bright red-colored spotting. What could be the reason behind it?

Query: Hello doctor, Firstly, I want to mention that I have never had any problems with my periods since I started middle school. I am 33 years old now. It was always on time, lasted for 5 to 7 days, and I always had normal flow and color. Last year, I completely skipped my periods for the first time. I st...  Read Full »

Dr. Penchilaprasad Kandikattu

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are two conditions. One is endometrial hyperplasia, in which only endometrial tissue gets thickened, leading to abdominal pain and bleeding. This is a benign condition and is treated successfully. Another is endometriosis in endometrial tissue present outside t...  Read Full »

After taking I-pill following unprotected sex, I am experiencing spotting and red discharge. What could be the reason behind it?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex during my period. Within 72 hours, I have taken Unwanted-72. After period again, I had unprotected sex, and I took an I-pill within 72 hours. After two days, I was spotting, continuing for 7 to 9 days. I am spotting brown discharge sometimes and sometimes red. Ple...  Read Full »

Dr. Sunita Kothari

Answer: Hello, Welcome to You have nothing to worry about. All these disturbances are due to tablet Unwanted-72 (Levonorgestrel). Take tablet Trenaxa 500 mg (Tranexamic acid) thrice daily for five days to stop the bleeding and spotting. One should not take emergency contraceptives again and a...  Read Full »

I notice spotting but no bleeding around the time when my menstrual cycle starts. Could it be indicative of some underlying condition?

Query: Hello doctor, My periods usually start on the 10th day of the month. I noticed spotting, but there was no normal bleeding. I noticed spotting again the following day, but my bleeding has not started yet.  Read Full »

Dr. Natasha Bansal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Could you please tell me whether it is the first time you are having this problem? Have you taken any medicine during this cycle, like some contraceptive, and whether you are sexually active or not? Kindly revert with these answers so that I can help you. Thank you.   Read Full »

Are cramps, spotting, and nausea after unprotected sex signs of pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I have a height of five feet four inches and a weight of 77 kilograms. I have nausea, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, leg cramps with back pain for a week. Today is my period day. I had spotting and cramps one or two times. I faced a sharp pain in the left lower abdomen. I had unprotected ...  Read Full »

Dr. Nnaedozie Umeani

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You are having nausea, insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, leg cramps, back pain, lower abdominal pain for a week with spotting. You have hypothyroidism also. You can have these symptoms due to ectopic pregnancy, normal uterine pregnancy, primary dy...  Read Full »

Is there any chance of getting pregnant from the sex I had a few days before my periods?

Query: Hello doctor, I had unprotected sex a few days before my expected date of periods. The period is now late by a week. I have been having cramps. I also had a brown spotting, but there was nothing after that.  Read Full »

Dr. Balakrishnan. R

Answer: Hello, Welcome to How are you doing? If you had sex in the last week of your cycle, there is no chance of a pregnancy. The life of an egg is 24 hours and that of a sperm is 72 hours. Ovulation occurs in the 12th to the 16th day of your cycle. So, there is no chance that the egg will be ...  Read Full »

I am ovulating, and I noticed spotting during sex. Is this a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor,I have been trying to conceive for more the six months. Two days ago, my partner and I were having sex, and we noticed a spotting on the bedsheets. It was not much, just two small spots. I am ovulating, and I have very mild pain like cramps. Could this be a sign that I am pregnant, and ...  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Thank you for writing, and I understand your concern. Spotting is not a sign of pregnancy, but spots can be seen during ovulation. You can do a urinary pregnancy test anytime after unprotected sex. It will help to diagnose, if not you can go for HCG (human chorionic ...  Read Full »

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