Bleeding

Q. Could I be pregnant with a period?

A. No, by definition you cannot have a period while you are pregnant. However, you can have light vaginal bleeding or spotting. If you notice light bleeding or spotting that is lighter in flow and different in color (perhaps pink or brown) rather than your normal period, this might be a sign of pregnancy. You CAN have bleeding and still be pregnant, but in this case it is not your normal period, but probably spotting. A third of women report having some bleeding during the first few months of being pregnant, and they often say they thought it was their normal period. If you are unsure, take a pregnancy test or see your physician.

 

Q. What is implantation bleeding?

A. Light vaginal bleeding or spotting or “implantation bleeding,” can perhaps be caused by the fertilized egg trying to burrow itself into the wall of the uterus. This can occur 6-12 days after conception.

 

Q. What does “spotting” mean?

A. Up to a third of pregnant women report some light vaginal bleeding (or “spotting”) during the first trimester of their pregnancies. This is normally “light” bleeding, not the normal period you experience each month. You might see bleeding at the time you are expecting your period and assume that you are not pregnant, but if you are unsure and you’ve had unprotected sex in the past month, take a pregnancy test. If you are pregnant, you should be concerned if your bleeding gets heavier (as a normal period), and see your doctor.

 

Q. Is spotting in early pregnancy normal?

A. Yes, spotting in early pregnancy is not unusual (reported by up to a third of pregnant women in the first trimester). However, if the spotting becomes heavy like your normal period then perhaps you are in fact not pregnant. See your doctor.

 

 

Q. I’m not pregnant (according to pregnancy test), so why did I miss my period?

A. Missed periods can have many different causes, besides pregnancy these include: significant changes in weight, stress, illness, medications (e.g., birth control), changes in schedule, heavy exercise, illegal substances, breast feeding, other medical conditions, etc.

 

Q. I have a white vaginal discharge instead of my period. Am I pregnant?

A. A vaginal discharge can be caused by a variety of things, commonly signaling a bacterial infection, or some other medical issue. If the discharge smells, it may be a sign of a sexually-transmitted disease (STD). If you are concerned about pregnancy, take a home pregnancy test, but you should see your doctor for more information about the discharge.

This information is not meant as a substitute for professional medical advice.



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  • I had spotting last month and no period this month. I’m not on any birth control and my husband and I have been trying to get pregnant, did we succeed?

    But every time I take a home pregnancy test, it is negative. Does this mean they just don’t work for me? or is it all in my head?

  • Dear Pam,

    If you normally have regular periods, and now you have none, then you might in fact be pregnant. While the home pregnancy tests are normally accurate, it sounds like in your case it might be best to have a doctor’s review and testing.

    If you are not having normal periods and you usually do,
    then you should probably talk to a doctor regardless.

    Best of luck to you.

  • I just got off the IUD for 3 years i was on it. I didnt always have a period with in those 3 years. I got it taken out aug 22 and the doc told me my period would start in a week. Well it didnt when she toke it out i had some bleeding for 2 days and me and my husband have been having unprocted sex since then. On sept 10th i started haven some pregnanecy symptoms and i still am. I toke 2 test both said neg and on sept 15 what seems to be my period has started. Here it is sept 17 and i still am bleeding…is it a chance that i am prego or maybe a miscarged or just not prego? NEED HELP PLEASE!!

  • Hi Sara,

    Taking out an IUD can cause some bleeding for 2 days – that is very normal.

    Please note that any unprotected sex has the potential to cause pregnancy.

    When you say that you are having some pregnancy symptoms, can you be more specific?

    However, if you are now having a period, then you are not pregnant. If your bleeding continues and seems abnormal, then please see a doctor immediately.

    Good luck Sara.

  • Several people have asked me lately about bleeding and whether it’s possible to continue having a period and still be pregnant.

    I want to be clear, you CAN still have bleeding and be pregnant… however, this is NOT your normal period. It is likely “spotting,” which up to a third of women report having in the first few months of being pregnant.

    If you have a “lighter-than-normal” period, do a home pregnancy test, which will tell you whether or not you are pregnant. That’s always the best solution if you have any doubts!

    It is not uncommon to see some bleeding when you are expecting your period, and just assume that it’s your normal period (and that you are not pregnant). However, if you’d had unprotected sex within the past month and are unsure it’s always best to do a pregnancy test to be sure!

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