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 did I miss my period last month?

Query: Hi doctor, I have normal periods every month that are regular. This time I got a spotting but missed the periods last month. After that, I got nausea, back pain, weakness, and food aversions. I did a urine pregnancy test four days ago, and there was a very faint positive line. But the doctor said t...  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. It is always known that blood pregnancy tests, which reflect quantitative beta HCG (Human chorionic gonadotropin), are more sensitive than urine tests. The most common causes of false-positive urine pregnancy tests are: Error in using the kit i...  Read Full »

Is there any possibility of pregnancy due to sex on the fifth day of the period?

Query: Hi doctor,My girlfriend and I had sex last month, and it was her fifth day of the period. The next day she took I-pill, and after five days, there was bleeding again. Are there any chances of pregnancy?  Read Full »

Dr. Priyadarshini Tripathy

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I went through your query. As your girlfriend was on her day five and took I-pill (synthetic Levonorgestrel) the next day, there is extremely little chance of pregnancy. So do not worry. Spotting or bleeding after I-pill intake, delayed menses are common side effects of...  Read Full »

What causes prolonged and irregular menstrual bleeding?

Query: Ok so , I've got my period later one week , and it ended like usual. After a week , I got my period again and this time it is not ending , it has now been 13 days. I wouldn't say the flow is heavy or normal . Like for the past 7 days it has been very little spot only in the morning . So , I'm not su...  Read Full »

Dr. Tinu Philip

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Hope you are safe and doing good. I understand from Ur query that u had a delayed period followed by continuous bleeding/ spotting. U have one episode of two months delay previously. May I know how long it's been since you started getting your would be helpful in advising you furth...  Read Full »

Why do I have brownish discharge after my periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 19-year-old female, who is sexually active with a male, but it has been a month and some weeks since we last did anything. Usually, after my period, I have brown discharges. I have had it, but yesterday I felt up inside my vagina and felt a big chunk of something. I pulled it out,...  Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I have seen the picture (attachment removed to protect patient identity) you have posted. I want to assure you that you are fine, but a few things need to be evaluated. As your gynecologist has already felt and examined you, there is nothing much to worry about. What y...  Read Full »

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

Query: Hi my height is 5.4 and weight is 170lbs . I was having nausea , insomnia, fatigue and dizziness and leg cramps and back pain from past one week . Today is my period date but it’s spotting and cramps and one or two times I faced sharp pain in left lower abdominal. Had unprotected sex and I h...  Read Full »

Dr. Nnaedozie Umeani

Family Physician, General Practitioner

Answer: Hello. Welcome to I understand you're having nausea , insomnia, fatigue, dizziness, leg cramps, back pain of about a week then notice spotting and left lower abdominal pain later on with background ? hypothyroidism. From symptoms mentioned, it could be due to; 1. Ectopic pregnancy 2...  Read Full »

Why did my periods become shorter and lighter in the past three months?

Query: Hi I would like to find out, I have 1 ovary torsion. I have 1 child. My period's cycle changed from 28day to 30day cycle, from 7days heavy painful to 4 days spotting painless in the past 3 months. But now it is just light spotting in 34day cycle. I have had blood test done and a scan but all seem...  Read Full »

Dr. Artur Holubka

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello! Ovarian torsion is an acute surgical condition caused by complete or partial volvulus of the ovary, which disrupts blood flow and nutrition. Ovarian torsion is characterized by sudden severe abdominal pain with one-sided localization, bloody leucorrhoea, nausea and vomiting, stool disturbanc...  Read Full »

Please suggest ways to concieve after a miscarriage a year back.

Query: Hello doctor, I am 23 years old. Last year I got pregnant but happened miscarriage I do not know why. But last three months I visited a doctor and checked ultrasound my doctor says you have right side ovary cyst 4.4 cm × 4.8 cm fluid and I take citrate de columbine pills for 10 days and know ...  Read Full »

Dr. Eeshani Dutta

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to First of all, miscarriages may be caused due to chromosomal abnormalities, hormone problems, distorted anatomy of the uterus, infective causes, unknown causes. Since you do not have a history of recurrent miscarriages, so you do not need to panic about your next preg...  Read Full »

Why is there an irregular flow of spotting and heavy flow in a peri-menopausal woman?

Query: Hi doctor, I am a 43-year-old female. During my last period, I had only spotting for three days. This month I had a heavy period. Here the doctor checked my USG, blood tests, and urine test reports. She said everything is normal. She prescribed Tranexamic acid and Provera, a Progestin pill 5 mg thr...  Read Full »

Dr. Sameer Kumar

Family Physician, Obstetrician And Gynaecologist, Infertility Specialist

Answer: Hello, Welcome to For you, as this was just the first episode of hypomenorrhea (scanty period) followed by menorrhagia (heavy period) with continuous irregular shedding in the form of spotting per vaginum, you can wait upon it to stop or can start Duoluton L (Levonorgestrel and Ethiny...  Read Full »

What causes lighter periods?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 20 years old. I started to have birth control pill at the age of 15 for heavy periods. I switched to Depo-Provera after about four years on the same pill. I was on Depo-Provera for one year and I stopped it a year before due to irritating light spotting and mood changes. After I bega...  Read Full »

Dr. Sanjay Kumar Bhattacharyya

Obstetrician And Gynaecologist

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If you have a lighter period and that is what you want, then this is due to the birth control pills.¬†They cause light period and it is also desired. Now, postcoital spotting could be due to infection, erosion as well as some polyp over the cervix. This could be a serious...  Read Full »

Can you take Primolut N to delay periods even if you are spotting and on OCP?

Query: Hello, I am on Yaz right now and have been taking the pill as a contraceptive for 3 months now. I am supposed to get my period in two days but I am already spotting and I feel like it is going to come tomorrow. I was wondering if I could take Primolut N to delay it.  Read Full »

Dr. Artur Holubka

General Practitioner, Family Physician

Answer: Hello! The drug Yaz is a combined hormonal contraceptive with antimineralocorticoid and antiandrogenic action. The contraceptive effect of combined oral contraceptive drugs (COCs) is based on the interaction of various factors, the most important of which are suppression of ovulation and changes ...  Read Full »

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