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Light spotting on day 21 of my cycle for 5 days and then heavy bleeding?

By Anonymous November 16, 2010 - 1:33pm
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Hi, I'm trying to get pregnant (my second) and had sex around my estimated ovulating dates. A week before my period was due (d21, I usually have 28 days cycles or longer) I started with light spotting (brownish/pink) and veeeeery painful breast (specially my right one). Having had one child already I thought it may be implantation bleeding (though I didn't notice the first time) but on the 6th day (ie day 26) I had heavy bleeding (that is today!) like my period. What could it be? I've reading all sorts from cysts to maybe the egg didn't attach properly. Can someone help? Called doctor and next appointment is next week! Many thanks

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I m 24 ur old and I had spotting from 19th day for almost a week..today is 34 the day and still no sign of menses..my cycles have been regular and of 30 days..but now I m tensed..what could be the reason

January 30, 2015 - 8:28pm

Have you thought that it may be your period? I am confused why you would jump to the conclusion that you have a cyst...when you are bleeding around the time of your period.

Heavy bleeding "like your period" on day 26, when your period usually begins on day 28, would most reasonably be your period, right?

Women's bodies are not like clockwork; our cycles ebb-and-flow naturally. Of course, if you are worried and are experiencing painful symptoms that are not your typical (such as your painful breast), then it is wise to call your doctor to rule out any medical condition.

November 16, 2010 - 2:17pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Hi Alison, thanks for the prompt response. I am not concluding I have a cyst (otherwise I would have gone to the hospital already), just saying that it is one of the reasons that I have found on Internet for irregular long period of spotting
i have never had a cycle shorter than 28 days and I have been off the pill since I started trying for my first baby over 4 years ago and have never had spotting other than maybe the day before my period (this one went on for 5 days) and never have breast pain either... Also my periods are always short (3 days generally). Hope its nothing but just couldn't find a reason for 5 days spotting before my period.

November 16, 2010 - 3:22pm
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Your period can begin early for so many different reasons, or no "apparent" reason at all. It is good to have your breast pain checked out, since you have not experienced this (even with previous periods and pregnancy).

Periods can change over time...gradually or suddenly. Usually if you bleed for more than 10 days in-a-row, or have excessively heavy bleeding (soaking more than one pad or tampon every hour), these would be reasons to call your doctor. Changes in your menstrual cycle can be caused from any number of environmental or lifestyle changes, including weight loss/gain, excess stress, recent illness, new medication, etc. Our hormones regulate our menstrual cycle, and these hormones are constantly reacting and interacting with their surroundings...it's actually incredible that our cycles are so regular! :-)

Please let us know how your doctor's appointment goes; we would love to hear back from you.

November 16, 2010 - 3:31pm
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Anonymous (reply to Alison Beaver)

Thanks, I will keep you posted!

November 16, 2010 - 3:53pm
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Anonymous (reply to Anonymous)

I too have experienced this change. I am 38 and my cycle was 30 days. I now have spotting 4 days before my period starts if I assume I am now a 28 day cycle. This always happens around the implantation date. I used to get excited that it was implantation bleeding but my period always started a few days later. Yes, you could have a cyst but if you are my age or older it is probably low progesterone.

November 28, 2010 - 6:39am
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