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Kathryn2425
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Hi! The other day I went to the bathroom and when I wiped there was just a spot of brown on the toilet paper in which I have never ever had happen before. My period is due in about 5 days so what's going on?
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copper86
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Hello!

I'm no expert here, but I may be able to offer some help. Some brown spotting before your period starts is normal. I sometimes get that myself, and actually just had that a few weeks ago. Brown blood is just old blood, whereas bright red blood is fresher.

Are you on any kind of birth control - the pill, patch, etc.? If you are, spotting is a side effect of medications like the pill; especially in the first few months of use, but these side effects can still occur at any time.

Are you under any stress at the moment - not sleeping well, not eating well, or anything else? Sometimes, that can cause a bit of spotting, too.

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Molias
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Spotting is something that does happen from time to time; there's no way to know why this might be happening right now, but it's not necessarily a cause for concern on its own.

I know in an earlier thread when you mentioned having some very light bleeding and irregular periods Heather suggested you talk to a doctor about it; have you thought about doing that at all?

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My periods have not really been irregular it's just that the last one I had was lighter and darker than usual. I talked to the doctor about it an he said its nothing to worry about because sometimes periods do that but I was just wondering if the spotting could maybe be from my ovarian cyst?
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Molias
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If you have ovarian cysts, then your doctor's really the person to ask about it; we just couldn't know that. But since you have asked your doctor about this issue in the past and he didn't seem to think there was anything to worry about, I think your best bet is to just accept that your periods are not always going to look consistent and that you may just have some spotting from time to time.
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Okay thanks! That makes me feel a lot better:)
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If it makes you feel any better, I'm on the pill and my periods still act erratic at times! Sometimes they come a little earlier or later, or I have different coloured blood than usual, or they're a little heavier or lighter than last month. I know exactly how you feel: when my body does something different than I usually expect from it, I get really worried, too. But the staff and volunteers here have made me see that our bodies can never be like machines; and they can't always be predictable. [Smile] Also, so many processes in the body affect your menstrual cycle, even with stuff like the pill or anything else that is also affecting things like ovulation. I spot sometimes before my periods, which doesn't often happen, but I'm trying to just accept it as something that will probably happen at times. [Smile]

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