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Is this my period?

By Anonymous September 15, 2014 - 2:02pm
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Hello, I have a question regarding my menstal cycle. My predicted start dat was the 17th of September but on the morning of the 12th after using the restroom, I wiped and noticed some light pink and brown discharge or spotting but no further bleeding that day. On the morning of the 13th at 4am I started cramping pretty badly, for me always I start to bleed immediately after cramping so I put a tampon in and went back to sleep. I woke up at10:30am changed my tamping and noticed there was very little blood. Very weird. Inserted another and check it again at 5pm, still very little blood. It stayed scant until I woke the next morning (on the 14th around 9am) with a full tampon. I did a little victory dance and changed. When I went to change my tampon hours later, there was no blood at all! This pattern has been reoccurring today. I woke with no blood on my panty liner, stayed that way until 10 am when the panty liner was bloody, a very light red/pink & brown color.. now back to no blood (it's 2:00pm) What could this be, just an unusual light period?

Any help and advice is appreciated.

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Hi Anon, and thanks for your question.

Spotting occurs when you have light vaginal bleeding between periods and can be a normal occurrence. In fact, most women will experience spotting at some point in their life. Spotting can be a usual and normal occurrence, but it can sometimes signify an underlying problem.

Unusual menstrual bleeding, which includes bleeding (more heavily) between periods and periods that are too frequent or too heavy—soaking through one pad in a hour or less—is cause for concern. Unusual menstrual bleeding can include:
Light spotting for three or more cycles
Bleeding for more than three consecutive days between periods
Bleeding more frequently than every three weeks
Heavy bleeding after sex
An unusual change in your normal bleeding pattern
Bleeding after menopause

If you experience any of these symptoms you should contact your doctor.

Hope that helps!


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