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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I had brown spotting but no periods, and I suffer from back pain, tiredness, along with dizziness. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,I had brown spotting but no periods, and I do not know when I went to pee and wipe myself; the tissue paper has a dark brown color. I have symptoms like heavy breasts, and I feel very emotional. I am not craving food. I have back pain and feel tired and dizzy. Please help me.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Muhammad Zohaib Siddiq

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. Based on your description, it is possible that you may be experiencing irregular periods or abnormal bleeding. Brown spotting can sometimes occur when the blood is not flowing out of the uterus as quickly as it should, and it may take longer ...  Read Full »

I took Unwanted-72 14 days before my period and had spotting along with light bleeding. Is this a sign of pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an Unwanted-72 on the 14th day of my cycle, and after the next day, there was a blood spot. Now my next period is a month later, and there is very light bleeding that started four days ago in the form of a spot and gel of brown and maroon color. My last period was a month ago, a...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your history and understand your concerns. You may have menstrual irregularities in your case. It could be due to hormonal imbalance caused by an I-pill (Levonorgestrel). As you took I-pill on time within 24 hours, there is almost no chance of pregn...  Read Full »

This month, I had spotting for five days, then it returned nine days later. What could be the cause ?

Query: Hello doctor, I have a period cycle of 40 days. Last month I got my period on the sixteenth day and ended on the twentieth. However, this month I got spotting which started on the sixth day and ended on the tenth. Now I have got spotting again after nine days, which is supposed to be my period date....  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have gone through your case, and I understand your concern. The normal menstrual cycle ranges from 21 to 35 days, and PCOS (polycystic ovary syndrome) is very common, especially in the young population. Menstrual irregularities, acne and excessive weight gain are ...  Read Full »

I and my partner had protected sex, but she experienced spotting and backache after 13 days. Please help

Query: Hi doctor, We had protected sex a few days ago, but due to our low confidence, we thought that maybe the ejaculation could be somehow done inside, and we got panic, so without wasting time, in the morning took a contraceptive pill. And it has been almost 13 days now. Still, suddenly in the last thre...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. It would have been better if I had known her last menstrual date. Sometimes some bleeding or spotting could occur during ovulation, usually around the 14th day of the menstrual cycle. There is also the possibility of withdrawal bleeding after...  Read Full »

I had unprotected sex, and I am spotting without any clots eight days later. Please help.

Query: Hi doctor,My period ended last Monday morning, and I had unprotected sex in the evening. Today, eight days after, I am spotting without any clots. The blood is also red-colored and thin. I hope you can give me an opinion about this. I want to avoid pregnancy. How should I end it? Please help.Thanks.  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I understand your concern. If you have regular periods, then do not worry. You had intercourse on a safe period, and there is no possibility of getting pregnant if you are sure about your dates, and after that, you did not go through any sexual activity. The emergenc...  Read Full »

My period got delayed by five days, and I tested negative for pregnancy. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My period got delayed by five days. I tested negative for pregnancy on the fifth day and that same day spotting started which I thought was the beginning of my period. The following day, however, any amount of bleeding stopped. I have not changed my lifestyle and am sexual with only on...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sometimes periods might fluctuate by one or two weeks because of some stress or recent illness that may also cause hypomenorrhea (scanty menstruation). Did you ever have unprotected intercourse around your ovulation day (usually occurs around the 14th day of the menstr...  Read Full »

My last period was two months back and four days ago there was little spotting with reddish brown discharge. Is it due to the period?

Query: Hello doctor, I had my last period two months back and after that, I have not had any. In the last three to four days there was little spotting and some reddish brownish jelly kind of discharge when I inserted my finger inside. I am confused should I count it as a period or not? Kindly help. Thank y...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanap Sneha Umrao

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Sometimes periods might fluctuate by a week and it is normal, but you are saying there is only spotting. We should rule out other possibilities. If you are sexually active then you should do a urine pregnancy test otherwise no need to do anything right now. This should...  Read Full »

I took I-pill and had unprotected sex. But now, I am having cramps and spotting but not having my periods. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I took an I-pill and got my period after 14 days. On the 19th day of my cycle, I had unprotected sex till the 28th day of my cycle. I am having cramps and spotting but not having my periods. Kindly suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Darshan Kanani

Answer: Hello, Welcome to It is possible that the cramps and spotting you are experiencing could be related to your menstrual cycle, but it is also possible that they could be side effects from the I-pill you took in the last month or related to the unprotected sex you had in this month....  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 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 50 ...  Read Full »

I want contraceptive pills for birth control and also to keep my periods regular. Kindly suggest.

Query: Hi, I have been on the pill for eight months in a year. It worked fine until the last two months, when I started experiencing spotting one week before the expected period. It begins when four more active pills in the course are left. I do not know if I am on the right pill. I want it for birth contr...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Tablet Levonorgestrel plus Ethinylestradiol is a combined oral contraceptive pill. Sometimes long-term use of a similar contraceptive shows it has side effects could be short (irregular bleeding, mood variations, headache) and long-term (breast and endometrial clots). I...  Read Full »

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