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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Does spotting after six days of taking I-pill mean no pregnancy?

Query: Hello doctor, I experienced vaginal bleeding today. I had protected sex for the first time nine days back, but the condoms came off midway. As a precautionary step, I took a tablet I-pill after six hours of the sex. I had intercourse on the eighth day of my cycle. My menstrual cycle lasts for 28 to...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hello, I understand your concern, Bleeding or spotting after taking tablet I-pill is a side effect, as I-pill contains synthetic progesterone, which causes hormonal imbalance and prevents pregnancy. This hormonal imbalance can cause side effects like spotting, irregular bleeding, bloating, nausea,...  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. R Balakrishnan Menon

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 ...  Read Full »

Does Dronis 20 cause irregular menstruation?

Query: Hi doctor,I am a mother of a 21-month-old baby, and post his birth, my doctor advised me to take Dronis 20 as a contraceptive. I was taking it regularly. However, last month, I did not have my period properly. Last month it was just spotting for five to six days, and then I started retaking Dronis. ...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. May I know from when you are on Dronis 20 (Ethinyl Estradiol and Drospirenone)? Also, have you taken a pregnancy test (there are possibilities of pregnancy even when on the pill)? This is to rule out any possibility of pregnancy (as you have a...  Read Full »

Is spotting in the urine normal after getting umbilical hernia surgery?

Query: Hi doctor, I am 31 years old female, my weight is 49 kg, and my height is 157 cm. I had umbilical hernia surgery about two weeks ago. After surgery, there was abdominal drainage attached to me. It was left for about five days, and I removed it. Everything was fine, but now from three days ago, I ha...  Read Full »

Dr. Srikanth

Answer: Hello, Welcome to I want to ask a few questions: 1) Are your cycles always regular? 2) Do you have any cramp-like pain? 3) Do you have any history of diabetes or hypertension? 4) Do you have any history of burning while passing urine? Please answer these questions so that I can h...  Read Full »

Does a positive hCG test after 40 days of abortion indicate pregnancy?

Query: Hi doctor, I had an abortion at five weeks of gestation 40 days ago. Twenty days after the abortion, I had my follow-up when I still tested positive for hCG. After one week of the follow-up, I got a transvaginal ultrasound scan in which my uterus was empty. And I still tested positive for hCG. Toda...  Read Full »

Dr. Poonguzhali Liston

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I understand your concern. You can test positive for hCG (human chorionic gonadotropin) even two months after an abortion. This may be associated with spotting and sometimes a passage of clots. However, the hCG post-abortion comes down drastically immediately after the ...  Read Full »

What causes prolonged and irregular menstrual bleeding?

Query: Hi doctor,I have got my period late by 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 would not say the flow is heavy or regular. For the past seven days, it has been a tiny spot only in the morning. So, I am not sur...  Read Full »

Dr. Tinu Philip

Answer: Hi, Welcome to I hope you are safe and doing good. I understand from your query that you had a delayed period followed by continuous bleeding or spotting. You have one episode of two months delay previously. May I know how long it has been since you started getting your periods? It wo...  Read Full »

I have spotting with watery mucus mid-cycle after a miscarriage. Why?

Query: Hi doctor, I used to have a regular menstrual cycle. But since the last four months, I noticed spotting mixed with watery mucus in the mid of the cycle. I was put on birth control pills a year back, but I still got pregnant and had a miscarriage six months back. After two months of my miscarriage, I...  Read Full »

Dr. R Balakrishnan Menon

Answer: Hi, Welcome to After going through your reports (attachment removed to protect patient identity), I feel your weight is the biggest issue here. Try to reduce your weight by avoiding junk food, red meat, etc. Try having a high-fiber and protein-rich diet and doing regular exerci...  Read Full »

I was spotting and got a negative pregnancy test, which was positive before. Why?

Query: Hello doctor, My periods got over ten days back, but I started getting an itchy vagina and very thick white discharge from the next day onwards. After four days, I started bleeding again, but it was like spotting. After someone suggested, I did a pregnancy test, and it came out positive with a very...  Read Full »

Dr. Vidyaprem

Answer: Hello, Welcome to The vaginal itching after cycles can most probably be a candidal infection. If it continues, you need to take antifungals. Was there a delay in this cycle (from your usual)? A weakly positive test, followed by a negative, is unlikely to be pregnancy. The spotting can...  Read Full »

Are cervical polyps harmful?

Query: Hello doctor,Can polyps cyst in the right ovary, if not removed, may convert into cancer? The size of the follicular cyst is 25 mm, and 24 mm when noted. What should I do?  Read Full »

Dr. Sugreev Singh

Answer: Hello, Welcome to Actually, polyps and cysts are both different things. The cyst will not convert into any concern or abnormal growth. But polyp is an abnormal growth of tissue that can be benign, which is not harmful. You have a polyp in the cervix, which is the opening of the uterus...  Read Full »

What causes pain during intercourse, spotting after, and burning on urination?

Query: Hi doctor, I have pain during intercourse. I have spotting after having burning urine. I have chronic pain and it is getting worse. I am taking birth control pills. I consulted a doctor and they told me that I do not have any STI or STD.   Read Full »

Dr. Sravanthi Nuthalapati

Answer: Hi, Welcome to If the infections are ruled out, then chronic pain can occur due to a condition called endometriosis. You can have severe pain during periods. In worse cases, you have pain while passing motion or while having sexual intercourse. Do an ultrasound to rule out endomet...  Read Full »

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