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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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Why do I have bleeding during pregnancy even after taking medications?

Query: Hello doctor, It is my first pregnancy and I have been bleeding for the last four months. I consulted my doctor and she gave me medicines in order to stop the bleeding, but it is not stopping. There is some light spots. Please suggest.  Read Full »

Dr. Monica Mathur

Answer: Hi, Welcome to The sonography report that you have attached (attachments removed to protect the patient's identity) shows that the baby is developing and the fetal heart is also normal. The other parameters like the placenta have to be checked by your gynecologist. In such cases, comp...  Read Full »

I did not ejaculate inside her. What are the chances of pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had unprotected intercourse with my fiance in the first week of last month and she had an emergency contraceptive within 3 hours. The month end she had little spotting. Is that an issue? Her period was expected on the same day, but she did not get bleeding. I did not discharge the semen...  Read Full »

Dr. Srivastava, Sumit

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Thanks for your query on this platform. There is a rather negligible chance that she is pregnant after taking emergency contraceptive pills because these are very effective. Spotting can be due to hormonal imbalance. It is a common side effect of pills but they will go ...  Read Full »

After an abortion four months ago, I started spotting. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, I had an abortion four months back. My period returned seven weeks later and ever since then I have been spotting randomly every few days. I was 13 weeks pregnant at the time of the procedure. Is this normal? If not, what could it be? There are no other symptoms aside from very very li...  Read Full »

Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Please ensure if you had a complete abortion or there are still bits of retained products of conception in your uterus by doing a transvaginal scan. Since it was a second-trimester pregnancy, there may be chances of RPOC, which can lead to irregular spotting or bleeding...  Read Full »

I experience light spotting after unprotected sex. Could I be pregnant?

Query: Hai doctor, I am a 23-year-old woman who recently engaged in unprotected sexual activity six days ago. However, my partner did not ejaculate inside my vagina. I have been experiencing light spotting with brown-colored blood for the past four days. My previous menstrual cycle began on 25th and 19th ...  Read Full »

Dr. Muntaqa Butt

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have read your query and understand your concern. It is important to note that pregnancy can occur if there was any presence of precum (pre-ejaculate) or if semen was released inside the vagina. You can carry out urine pregnancy test (UPT) from the first day of a ...  Read Full »

I have been diagnosed with hemorrhagic cyst and PCOD. Please help.

Query: Hello doctor,I used to have regular periods. Last month, I had spotting. I took a scan that showed a hemorrhagic cyst of 1.12 inches in the right ovary and PCO. The doctor started me on Glucophage 250 mg twice a day. It has been one week since I started taking Glucophage, and again, I started spotti...  Read Full »

Dr. Uzma Arqam

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I read your query and can understand your concern. I suggest you do so by adhering to the recommendations below. When was the second day of your period and your last scan? When did you observe your weight gain, and how much in recent months? It is better to have ...  Read Full »

Whether mild spotting is a sign of pregnancy or period?

Query: Hello doctor, I am 22 years old. I am trying to conceive for the second time. I have a 3-year-old son and it was a natural birth. I am not on any medication. My period was always regular and I get them every month. But about 3 months ago, my period days changed from the beginning of the month to ...  Read Full »

Dr. Aishwarya Parthasarathy

Answer: Hello, Welcome to There are multiple reasons for not being able to conceive. First, it depends on the time for which you guys are trying. Only after a year of unprotected intercourse, we can start the evaluation. And that you have conceived once naturally means the mechanics are all c...  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 »

I am having leg swelling and vaginal spotting after C-section. Kindly advice.

Query: Hello doctor, I am a 32-years-old female. My second baby was delivered by LS/CS method before a week after completing 36.5 weeks. Doctor also removed my uterus as I had been suffering from a complication of central placenta previa with increta/percreta. And I had even bled a few little clots during ...  Read Full »

Dr. Meenakshi Agarwal

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Placenta previa with increta is a severe condition, so uterus has to be removed due to bleeding. Swelling may be due to anemia or blood transfusions. Take tablet Lasix one tablet once a day, it will cause frequent urination. Blood spots will disappear after a few days....  Read Full »

What are the side effects of Mifepristone?

Query: Hi doctor, Is taking contraceptive pill - Mifepristone after sex safe?  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Answer: Hi, Welcome to Are you asking about contraceptive pill? But, Mifepristone is not a contraceptive pill to be used after sex. It is used for abortion when the age of the fetus is less than 7 weeks. Also, it is used with an additional drug termed Misoprostol. I presume that you are talkin...  Read Full »

Why do I have period-like pain after taking a contraceptive pill?

Query: Hello doctor,I had unprotected sex because of condom breakage. I took an emergency contraceptive pill after an hour. After a week, there is severe period-like pain in the abdomen and legs, just like during periods. What are the chances of pregnancy? If withdrawal bleeding occurs, does this mean not ...  Read Full »

Dr. Richa Agarwal

Answer: Hello,Welcome to understand your concern. Withdrawal bleeding is only a side effect of the emergency contraceptive pill. It occurs due to the sudden withdrawal of hormones from your body, so it does not necessarily happen to everyone. You may experience menstrual irregularities in your...  Read Full »

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