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Irregular period/Light Spotting/Brown Discharge- I may have some possible answers to help

I see a lot woman asking the same question "Am I pregnant?" "I'm spotting when I'm supposed to have my period"... ..."Haven't had my period and its be 5-8 days late, negative hpt" etc....

So, i decided to share my story and hopefully I can help. I don't know about you guys, but I'm sick of all these women asking the same questions and for help and never come back to let us know what their out come was. >:0(

But I'm not going to do that! I'm going to definitely keep you guys posted with what ever happens to me. I truly want to help and hopefully i can shed some light.

So here's my story....it may be a lot to read so I'm going to try and make it simple. Facts about me:

I'm 24 years old.
Never been pregnant before
No miscarriages/abortions
Been off birth control since 2006
Been using the pull out method with my husband since 2005
We have sex all the time. Before and after my periods. So I'm sorry, cant be specific on these dates
I recently lost an average of 17 pounds since the beginning of this year (2010).
And been having regular periods for well over 2 years

I've been bloated, fatigued, my appetite has increased a little. Been having troubles falling asleep at night. Been going through fluttering cramps (less painful than my regular period cramps). Using the restroom a lot (peeing). And having  very mild lower back pains, again not as painful as my regular period pains. And most importantly i have been stress free! Stress can play a huge part in your menstrual cycle and can cause it to be irregular.

Now...here's whats happening...

Was supposed to have my period on May 13, 2010 (Thursday)...instead i got very light pink discharge that wouldn't even stain or seep through a pad/tampon. I figured i may be a couple of days late (which is normal) and went on with my days. By the time May 16, 2010 (Sunday) came around i noticed that the light pink discharge completely stopped so of course i worry that i may be pregnant. I took a pregnancy test on May 18, 2010 (Tuesday) and it was negative. Then on May 19, 2010 (Wednesday) around 11pm i had brown discharge. So i used a tampon to bed because i wanted to see the amount of discharge when i woke up. The next morning it was practically nothing on the tampon and didn't have any discharge at all for the rest of the day! (so annoying, I know). Well, today  (May 22, 2010 Saturday) i took another hpt in the morning (that's the best time to do the test since your urine is more concentrated) and it was negative again . Then around 3 pm  i started with the brown discharge again with a little bit more intense cramps in my lower abs.

Now I'm like 8-9 days late on having a real menstrual cycle and I'm concerned. So i called my aunt, who is currently a nurse but worked as a laboratory scientist for many years in NY ( I think that was her title..either way she knows a lot about bacterias and blood cause thats what she worked with). Oh, and she knows a lot ovulation dates since she did the whole artificial insemination process last year (which worked for her first time around and had her baby at age 50! :0) ). And i also called my cousin who is a doctor in NJ.

Pretty much they told me i may be pregnant. Plain and simple. They told me if i was having painful, burning and frequent urination then it may be an infection called cystitis. However, that was ruled out because I've had cystitis before and that feels like your passing a stone! Its an horrible pain.

Then they told me the best thing to do is go to the doctor and getting the blood work done since this has never happened to me before. Now if that comes out negative as well then it will be up to the doctor to order a ultrasound or i will just have to do the waiting game because it sometimes take some women 3 months before they find out if they are pregnant.

They also said to take it slow, no heavy lifting, straining, or stressing! Just in case to prevent a miscarriage.


I know this was a lot to read but i know how you guys feel and its no fun searching for half answers. I'm blessed with a wonderful family who will take the time to help me and the least i can do is share the information as well. So please if you have any questions let me know and I'm definitely going to keep you ladies informed with my out come.

I promise!
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Well like your family said you may be pregnant and for some women pregnancy tests do not, for whatever reason, show up positive for a few months.  As for the cystitis don't completely rule that out.  Each infection is different and it affects your body in different ways.  But the spotting could also be due to implantation.  The brown blood does indicate old blood so it's possible.  You are very fortunate to have such a caring family that is willing to help you.  Good luck and I hope you get your answer soon.
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Thank you!  Wow, you really hit the nail on the head.  I too am so sick of post w/o a follow-up reply.  I was just thinking the same thing after reading all these post and never seeing a outcome post.  

I'm having a similar situation this month... However, with me this last week I had brown stringy discharge for 4 days, and 1 day w/o; AF is due this Friday.  My hubby and had fun this morning believing my issue had cleared up, but then I had bright red spotting on TP (sorry for TMI) and its gone again.  I'm so confused and just online searching for answers until I can actually speak with a doctor.  

My husband and I have ttc for 2 yrs, and I'm finally working with a doctor to figure out what's going on.  I did my blood work on May 21st and my next appointment is the 27th...  I haven't received any news yet, but I so look forward to reading your outcome.  

Good luck!
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Well on started bleeding late saturday night and all sunday. However, its not heavy at all and today, its very light (definitely not normal for me) with a few small clots which i hope is normal clotting . So I scheduled to get some blood work hopefully by tomorrow. I woke up today again today like a zombie...even after drinking a red bull I just want to lay down and take a 6 hour nap

I'll keep you posted!

GL
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So i tested negative again. So i will be going to the gyno sometime next week to get checked out. If i am pregnant then im one of those who dont find out until 3 months later :0( . Either way i will be back as soon as i find out whats going on.


And the waiting game begins....*sigh*
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Good luck.  The waiting game *****!!!!!!!!  Hope you get your BFP soon.
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UPDATE

Well I have the worst luck...So i tried to contact my primary care dr to see if she would give me an order to get some blood work done. So while i speak to the nurse i explain my situation and make it evident that coming into the dr office is a waste of money and time (it really is..they dont do anything in the office!!! they just send you elsewhere if you need blood drawn, etc). So at first the nurse was like ok and asked if i had a obgyn and i stated "no, but im thinking of finding one soon" and as soon i said that the nurse was like "welp, you need to go to the obgyn and get that done" im like WTH 2 secs ago you were going to give me the order. So w.e i called the obgyn they really didnt have any appts for this week so i was like ok let me just go to the stupid primary dr and waste my time and money but at least get seen.

Well... of course they were booked completely for friday so the front desk clerk asks me what was wrong so i BRIEFLY told her what was going on ("im having all signs of pregnancy, im extremely bloated with negative hpts and i just want to rule out pregnancy or any other complications like cysts") sparing ALL the details (what was the point she wasnt a nurse and didnt even tell me she was going to speak to the dr when she placed me on hold) . How about this piece of crap doctor says and i qoute "if you took pregnancy test then your not pregnant, you should take some over the counter GAS medication"  *insert big upset frowny face here*

I was like "REALLY!?" and just hung up. obviously the dr i chose wasnt a really good one. They didnt get my chart...didnt ask for my age... didnt even speak to me personally! So sad to say i still dont know whats going on. Im still very bloated and have flutterly cramps here and there. I will try to make an appt with an obgyn tomorrow but im sure i will have to wait a few days to get in.

Did anyone else find out some answers?

So with that being said...I'll be back  *sigh*
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I HAVENT HAD A MENSTRAL IN CLOSE TO 3 MONTHS I TOOK THE TEST IT CAME BACK NEGATIVE SUNDAY AND JUST LIKE YOU THE BROWN DISCHARGE CAME AND WENT....MY BREASTS WERE NOT SORE INITIALLY NOW THEY ARE VERY SORE TO THE TOUCH...OMG I WONDER IF MY MENSTRAL IS GONNA COME ACTUALLY I HAVE HAD TO USE THE LADIES ROOM QUITE OFTEN LATELY AND MY BREASTS ARE SORE AND I"VE ALSO HAD A BRUSH WITH HEARTBURN...SHOCKING TO ME BECAUSE I HAVE NEVER EVER HAD IT B4 IM GOING TO WAIT A COUPLE MORE WEEKS THEN I"LL TEST AGAIN IF MY MENSTRAL STILL HASNT SHOWN UP.....I KINDA GET THE FEELING THAT I MAY BE EXPECTING BUT MAYBE THE HORMONE IS JUST STARTING TO KICK IN I DONT KNOW THOUGH
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i get the same symptoms as you every month but my cycle is always between 26 and 28 days.  I was told almost 2 months ago i have mild endometriosis in my right tube, my right tube was twisted with clots of skin round the ovary which had to be opened, both tubes had adhesions which were now cut away.  I have now been told i may need IVF to conceive because of how badly damaged my tubes are.

I hope you get better results than i've had but it just goes to show pregnancy symptoms every month for 3 years and still no BFP, symptoms are NOT 100% reliable
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UPDATE!!!

So I just got back from the urgent care because i haven't stopped cramping and just couldn't wait till June 21st to see the gyno.

So they tested my urine and it was negative however they found a small trace of blood and ketone. but , other than that, my urine is normal and i don't have any type of UTI.  

the dr then  asked if Ive been dieting (which i have been and thats the reason for the ketone trace) and asked if i have been eliminating carbs in my diet which i haven't. My diet consisted of eating everything...just in small portions . So they drew some blood because i have all the symptom of pregnancy . if i'm not then the next step is to go to my obgyn and get thoroughly checked out.

even though i haven't planned on having kids i prefer to be pregnant than to have any other medical issue

so once i found out on Monday i will let you guys know!

hope i was helpful
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Good luck on Monday.
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i'am going through some similar things myself i need answers....  I'm 21, me and my husband have been trying to have a baby for 1 year now and no luck yet, but i know its not him cause he has a kid of his own so it's me... but now am finally 13 weeks late on my period, i have symptoms of pregnancy, so i went to the doctor's twice took a blood n  urine pregnancy test n it came out negative they also did other test n they told me everything came out good.... the doctor order some pills to help me get my period back n some birth control pills for 3 months to get my period back on track, but am scared now to take them cause what if i'm pregnant and it kills the baby.... what does this mean? whats wrong with me? ohh yea, i also have a pelvic ultrasound exam appt in 1 week, but what if it comes out that am not pregnant and am healthy... can the ultrasound be wrong about the pregnancy?  

NOTE:my period is not regular but it also has never been this long with out it, the most has been 6 weeks late...

WHAT TO DO???
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It would be very unlikely that an ultrasound would be wrong, especially if you are 13 weeks late on your period. Ultrasounds show the amniotic sac and fetus even when they are done very early. Unfortunately, there are other reasons that periods stop coming other than pregnancy. I hope they can figure out what's going on and that everything works out for you!
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Just like ng15 stated the ultrasound should reveal everything. Just hold off on the pills until you have the ultrasound done.

Keep us posted!
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UPDATE


Well did the blood work and it came out negative. My body probably went crazy after all the weight i lost cause thats been the only big difference lately. Im still going to get checked out by the obgyn on the 21th just to be sure nothing else is wrong. If anything else comes up i will let you guys know.

Good luck to all!
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November 2009 to this day I'm wondering!
Two vaginal ;two abdominal ultrasounds ( 4 months and another at five months ) done at two gynecologists but have been getting my period thanks to Duphaston or what seems like a period but I still feel pregnant and have crazy movements in my stomach.
I'll wait another month and a half to see if I give birth lol
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LOL omg that would be crazy!!!

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i am irregular on my period all the time..but like 4 days ago I've been spotting something brown on  my underwear i first i thought i may have my period but no period so i don't know what it is because these never has happened to me.. can u please help me please I'm worried..
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Oct 30 to Nov 2 from day one to day four has been light and very tiny blood clots, at the some time one day 3 I have seen a brownish red  colour on the totilt paper. On day four I was very very light on the totlet paper, I put a new pad on at 6 am on Nov 2 to see if little to none blood goes on the pad and I will check at 4pm to see, that will be 10hours by then. This will be the lightest and the shortest period I ever had. Who know I might be prego. I will take a other hpt when it stops compitely to see, and get my doctor to do a blood test as will. If any one can help me or tell me if this has happen to them and did find out by hpt or blood test please let me know. I am lost and don't know what to do or think.

in the 3-4 days of my period i have only use three pads and i am a really heavy bleeder and i would have used like 6 pads


I was keeping track of my period with an app called my cycles and it said I was to start my period on Oct 23 but I did not get anything till Oct 31 and it was light and very little clots and only last four days when iam 5 days long


I used one of the dollar store pregnancy test and one of them was really really lite line. Two lines is pregnant and the other one was tring to show . I going to try in the morning and on Mon I going to be using clear blue test on Monday I hope it say I am pregnant. Just to keep u up to date.
                      
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Hello happy new year.I'm tomecia I'm 23 my last period was 9/25/12 4 months ago seen Dr not pregnant. Now I'm bleeding 1/15/13 first day bright red then then didn't see anymore blood now 1/16/13 blood came back but BROWN COLOR YES I HAVE BEEN SEXUALLY ACTIVE WITH MY HUSBAND I PUT ON A TP AND ITS NOT FULL BUT I WHEN I CHANGED IT IT WAS BROWN THERE NOW IM WAITING FOR TH MORNING TO SEE WHAT HAPPEN. IM I NOW MAYBE GETTING A REGULAR CYCLE BECAUSE IT WAS IRREGULAR .......PLEASE HELP ME...I ALSO SEEN THE DR.THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING AND HE ITS SEE NOTHING WRONG IM GOING BACK NEXT IM SEE IF IT FIX ITSELF OR GO AWAY AND HOW LONG IT STAY ON ....AND IF ITS GETTING REGULAR DO THAT IT SHOULD BE 2-3 DAYS / 5-7 DAYS?  AND WHEN WILL I HAVE OVULATION AND WILL THE  15TH OR AROUND THEN BE MY REGULAR PERIOD DAYS EACH MONTH ? AND HOW DO I COUNT TO SEE IF MY PERIOD IS 28 DAYS.
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(HELLO IM MRS.CATO) OKAY IN 2012 MY LAST PERIOD EVER WAS ON 9/25/12 NOMORE PERIOD..............SEEN DR THE DAY AFTER THANKSGIVING DAY DR.NOTHING IS WRONG NOT PREGNANT NO STD'S OKAY WAS PRAYING FOR CHILD BUT NOW 4 1/2 MONTHS GO BYE.............HAPPY NEW YEAR EVERYONE ........1/14/13 MY HUSBAND AND I HAVE SEX (TMI) BUT AFTER. I GET CLEANED OFF AND NOTICE BRIGHT RED BLOOD......((((((YEAH))))))) WE HAPPY TO SEE AUNT FLO) )))))SO LATER THAT NIGHT I USE THE BATHROOM AND IT'S NO SING OF BLOOD..........WTF! SO NOW ON 1/16/13 AND ITS BLOOD BROWN COLOR SO I PUT ON A TP ABOUT 10 SUMTHING AM AND I JUST CHANGED IT AT ABOUT 11:25PM (( ITsLITE )) BUT STILL BROWN LIKE I WAS GOING OFF MY PERIOD _____I TOOK A NAP...SO NOW IM WAITING TO SEE HOW TOMORROW GO.......((((( SOME Q'S))))) CAUSE I HAVE IRREGULAR PERIOD'S COULD IT BE THAT IM BECOMING REGULAR_______IF SO HOW MANY DAYS IS A REGULAR PERIOD ______AND HOW DO I COUNT TO SEE IF I HAVE 28 DAY CYCLE ________AND WHEN WILL MY OVULATION BEING? ???? WILL I GET MY PERIOD NOW EVERY 14 OR AROUND THE 16????????
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I missed my periods for four months and now i feel a bit of spotting. i had sex with my boy friend 3 months back( pull out method). no symtoms (symptoms) of pregnency. wt may be problem?
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ok so im 19 and last monh my period was two days late which was weird but i brushed it off because i figured it was normal. two days later it came but it was spotting not enough to even fill half my light tampon. then after a day it was a really light pink and a day later it was just really dark discharge. i was having terrible cramps and i had absolutely no appetite. i felt horrible because i had strep throat at the same times so i went to the er because the cramps kept getting worst and worst. after waiting for 2 hours all the dr told me was tht i had strep throat i took a pregnancy test there but i figured it was negative because she never mentioned it. the next day my cramps got worse and i was throwing up that lasted about two days. for the rest of that month i didnt have an appetite and occasionally got those cramps so bad that i couldnt move. now my period is late again...can someone please tell me whats wrong with me?
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Hi all im looking for advice as i have searched and searched. I dont have a regular cycle i get a period every 2 months i have an 8 year old boy. Me and my partner are tryin 2 years to conceive i have lost abit of weight to help my chances. So i got my last period last months so therefor i am not due my next till a week or 2.. 3 days ago i got my symtoms (symptoms) and also some brown light blood but i just thought it was the start of my cycle but 3 dats later and still the same thing. Can anyone tell me wat this may be???? Thank u
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Well for starters im having similar symptoms. My nipples are sensitive, my back aches, cramps but instead of my period I got a weird brow- redish discharge and I've been really moody. Idk whether to think that I'm pregnant or to think something else is wrong. I really need help, I never went to go see the doctor yet, I'm hoping to do that tomorrow morning and find out whats wrong. Can anyone give me advice?
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Well for starters im having similar symptoms. My nipples are sensitive, my back aches, cramps but instead of my period I got a weird brow- redish discharge and I've been really moody. Idk whether to think that I'm pregnant or to think something else is wrong. I really need help, I never went to go see the doctor yet, I'm hoping to do that tomorrow morning and find out whats wrong. Can anyone give me advice?
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Hi. Im 21years old and engaged I been trying to get pregnant but no luck since my periods are irregular. Sometimes I dont get my period for 3months straight yes iknow ***** for me. Well I was just wondering if its possible for me to get pregnant with my irregularities? Well saturday I bleed a bit first it was red and then very light thought it was my period but there was no blood at all anymore. What does that mean? Sometimes I do get stressed out a lot since I dont get pregnant, iknow its questions that are dumb but can you please help me out. I would appreciate it thankyou
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Hello;
I'm 21 years old (irregular) and I had an abortion when I was 17 (please no judging) (my personal choice) anyway it's been 4 years since that happened and the guy I'm with right now (fiancé) has always wanted to have a baby, we've trying to conceive for about 1 year now but not for a month or so because he proposed and we've been planning our wedding which would be in May 9 months from now. Now 2 weeks ago I woke up and noticed a pink discharge on my undie but just thought it was my period coming I have always been irregular since I first got my period but for half a year now I've been getting my period every month like a regular person but then I counted back and I was like I skipped a month to make it short its been 2 weeks and I've had brown discharge I've taken 4 pregnancy tests but they have all been negatives my period hasn't come and I've been feeling nauseous every morning for a week now and I've literally been getting up at around 3:00 AM every morning for a cup of water, honestly I don't know what to do my mom told me to wait a week and test again but I just need some answers.  
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