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I’m confused and wonder if you could lend some advice or your own thoughts on the differences that you have experienced on this topic.
I have regular cycles around 27 days (sometimes 26). My menstruation typically starts light and is super heavy the second day (red in color). It typically lasts 4-5 days. On day 12 of my cycle I have a positive OFK and subsequently had intercourse. I either ovulated on day 13 or 14 so today would be around CD 11. Yesterday morning, I started with a very bright colored blood and then experienced nothing until later in the afternoon. Later it was more and I had some cramping. I used a tampon b/c I did not have pads. That night it was only on one side. Two different times I had a drop on my underwear. Overnight it did not fill half the tampon. Today was the same thing. In fact after six hours and then checking the tampon, it was filled about half way, but my guess is that it was not soaked all the way through. The color is not the same as usual, but it seems like I shouldn’t have that much blood b/c what I read says “spotting”. Typically, today I would be really heavy and it is about half that. It is also three or four days prior to my period so I am confused. It feels like a period, but I am unsure because of the bright color and amount. Any thoughts? Thanks!

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Hello i need some adivice, So i got my menstrual cycle twice last month the first one was from Sept. 3-7 and then got it again around Sept. 28/29- Oct. 4 and the it stopped but on Oct. 6 i was having brown discharge which more than likely was old blood what does this mean im always regular on my period but i had unprotected sex after my first and second menstrual from last month which was on Sept. What does this mean? Could i possibly be pregnant or could this have anything to do with a miscarriage i had back in july?

October 19, 2014 - 8:51pm
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to aparicio21)

Hello aparicio21,

Welcome to the EmpowHER community and thank you for reaching out to us for advice. I suggest you contact your gynecologist because of your miscarriage in July. Your physician knows your medical history and is knowledgeable regarding recent irregularities in your menstrual cycle.


October 20, 2014 - 9:49am
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I'm suppose to start my period next week...We have been trying to get pregnant but no luck, last week we had intercourse and today 10/17/14 I have been spotting a dark brown color..Is this normal? I'm 34, does age matter? I'm pretty regular and don't know what is going on...I wish we were pregnant :/ Please let me know

October 17, 2014 - 10:27am
Susan Cody HERWriter Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hi Anon

Pregnancy after 35 starts to be harder but at 34 you shouldn't have too much difficulty. 

It's too early to tell if your period now but you can test in a few days. Spotting (as long as it's spotting tiny drops, not a flow) could be implantation bleeding so you may be in luck. 

Good luck! 


October 18, 2014 - 6:02am
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So I am 3 days late on my cycle. For the past 3 days I have a very light but brown discharge on one side of my tampon and what looked to be pink spots only on the tip I have had cramps on and off. I do use a tracker and would love to be pregnant. I am pretty regular and my cycle is ever 28 days like clock work to where my body usually tells me when I am about to start before my apps. I was at first feeling like I was about to but then it stopped. About 6 days before I was about to start I did have about 6 hours of pink discharge. Any inside thoughts?

October 16, 2014 - 7:46am
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I normally get start my period around the 7th but its already the 12th... On the 3rd, and a little while before that, I had some bleeding. When it happened on the 3rd I thought it was my period, but it wasn't. On the 4th I had unprotected sex.. He pulled out and actually never even came. Could I be pregnant?

October 12, 2014 - 1:10am
Maryann Gromisch RN Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Hello Anonymous,

Thank you for your question. If you do not get your period in the next day or so, take a home pregnancy test.

If your period was due to start on October 7, you should have already ovulated about two weeks before, and there should not have been a risk for pregnancy with unprotected sex on October 4.


October 13, 2014 - 3:07pm
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Anonymous (reply to Maryann Gromisch RN)

I still have not gotten it, but I did take two tests, both negative, a few days ago. I randomly start to get cramps and I do feel like I'm going to get it but I've been doing this for a few days now.

October 18, 2014 - 3:16pm
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I have a question I am having bad cramps but little bleeding very little what could this be

October 10, 2014 - 3:02pm
Pam Ellen Guide (reply to Anonymous)

Anon - Mild cramping is perfectly normal before your period. It's known as PMS or Premenstrual Syndrome. 

Here is a link on PMS on the EmpowHER site: http://www.empowher.com/condition/pms



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