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Constant Brown Spotting

By April 23, 2009 - 5:06pm
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I have had brown spotting for about 5 years now, but I have a normal period every month. For about a week after my period I have no spotting, but after that I have constant brown spotting until my next period. I have told my doctor about this and he doesn't really even acknowledge it. I was going to the health clinic when I first started experiencing this and they would keep changing my birth control pills to see if it helped and it didn't. I have gone off the pill for years and that didn't help either. Also just thought that I would mention that I get a lot of headaches, I am tired a lot and I have a lowe sex drive in case it could be connected.

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I have the same thing...constant brown spotting which is getting worse and worse each month.
Has anyone figured out more about this topic?
Or has anyone been able to conceive while going thru this?

October 25, 2010 - 6:48pm

I can't believe i'm not the only one! I have had brown spotting for about five years now. I had been on birth control for a couple of years before the spotting began so I assumed that the birth control couldn't have caused it. Its the same thing for me, I have my period followed by a week of regular discharge and then the spotting begins and continues until my next period. I have had different tests but they all come out fine. A few doctors have also told me that I have low progesterone and prescribed a yam cream. I was also told to try going off the pill and I have been off it for a couple years but it doesn't seem to make a difference. After awhile you just kind of want to give up because it seems like the doctors don't really care or they have no clue. Some doctors say just not to worry about it but it is so frustrating to be spotting all the time. I'm 22 years old and am desperately hoping for their to be a definite solution.

August 12, 2010 - 5:59pm
(reply to Ava88)

I know, I can't believe how much response there is. Whenever I go online to look up information on brown spotting I find pretty much nothing, usually I get pregnancy sites.
I can't believe how doctors can say not to worry about it, maybe it's nothing serious but it's gross & embarrassing & you can't have a proper sex life! It's seems no one is getting any answers, I guess we are supposed to do nothing & just hope it goes away. I have a lot less right now but I am not going to get my hopes up because there was times in the past I thought it was getting better & it came back just as bad.

October 26, 2010 - 6:13am

I've had the same problem for about 3 years. It's starting to get extremely annoying. I've only talked to my doctor about it once about a year ago. She prescribed me birth control to try but I never took it (I don't like taking medicine unless it is ABSOLUTELY necessary). Right about that time, even though I didn't take it, it cleared up for a few months, but it came back late last fall. I can't think of anything that would have changed during the time that I didn't take it.

There are 2 factors that I wondered if they might have anything to do with the problem. I mentioned both to my doctor.
1) A few months before the brown spotting started 3 years ago I stopped eating meat. I've heard a few times that vegetarians have slightly different periods (usually lighter). I've never heard of it causing this though. I mentioned it to my doctor and she said that it was probably unlikely. Also, I watch what I eat pretty carefully so I shouldn't be deficient in anything (if I were, it would be Iron)

2) When I was younger I took zoloft for OCD. I stopped taking it right about the time the brown splotting started. My doctor said that this is more likely to be what caused it because of something to do with the medicine affecting hormones. She sent me to get a blood test done to check hormone levels and my iron but I never heard back, so I assumed that meant my results were all normal.

I hadn't seen any posts that mentioned either of those types of factors so I just wanted to bring them up. Maybe some other people here stopped taking a medication that caused it?
I'm only 18 so I haven't been too worried about it yet aside from how annoying it is. I'm getting sick of dealing with it though and I'm afraid of the possibility of it causing problems in relationships in the future.

July 16, 2010 - 9:41am
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Zandra- Thanks for registering. It makes it a lot easier to understand who's saying what. You have a beautiful name, by the way. Look forward to hearing more from you!

July 9, 2010 - 4:22pm
(reply to Pat Elliott)

Thank you Pat. I got my results back. My doctor is on vacation so I can't tell you his opinion yet. Should I post my results here? I can't really tell anything since I'm no expert, but I think my progesterone is not OK.

July 15, 2010 - 4:03am
(reply to Zandra)

Hi Zandra,
That would be great for you to post your results here! If you would like for Pat to specifically know as well, you can click on her name and send her a Private Message, with a copy of this link (or the title of the original article) to Pat, so she can look it up and respond. I look forward to reading your results as well.

Take care!

July 15, 2010 - 2:24pm
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I was the one that posted on July 6 and also on May 22, 2010 - 3:51am. Those two posts are mine. I am the only one I guess who has had spotting instead of a first menstruation. So 11 years of spotting for me.
I apologize if we are creating a confusion under this one question but it's kind of helpful having all these women with the same or similar issue in one thread. I think.
To answer your question, I'm not taking any hormonal contraception. I did for 6 months, last year. But I stopped and my situation got even worse.

warm regards,

July 9, 2010 - 7:08am
(reply to Anonymous)

Just letting everyone know I finally registered, as you can see.
warm regards,

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July 8, 2010 - 8:16pm
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