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worriestoomuch
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I was wondering what would cause a person to have one small spot of blood during the time she was supposed to ovulate, then have only a small amount of brown discharge mixed with dark blood during the time her period was supposed to arrive. Can stress cause my cycle to become really messed up? I haven't had any form of sex, and your articles have already informed me I am in no risk of becoming pregnant. Thanks [Smile]
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Robin Lee
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Hi worriestoomuch,

It's not all that unusual for the menstrual cycle to change over time, particularly within the first few years of having a menstrual cycle (though changes can happen at any point). Lots of things affect these changes, including stress, changes in sleeping, eating, and exercising patterns, medications, illness (even mild illness like a cold), and so on.

If you continue to not really get much of a period for more than 2 or 3 months in a row, it's a good idea to visit a healthcare provider just to check in to make sure that nothing else is going on. Unless there are other health concerns, though, most healthcare providers don't consider a couple of months of missed or very light periods to be anything to be concerned about.

Does this help?

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worriestoomuch
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Very much so. Thanks [Smile] I was thinking stress might have caused it, since I was supposed to be ovulating around the time of finals. Thanks for all your help [Smile]
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worriestoomuch
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would you consider the small amount of brown discharge mixed with dark red blood my period? It wouldn't be implantation bleeding, right?
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Robin Lee
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Stress can be a huge factor in menstrual changes.

I can't possibly tell you whether the bleeding you experienced was your period. I'm just not psychic like that. [Smile] Did it come at the time that you were expecting your period?

Really, I think you can just chalk this up to an abnormal cycle. If your cycles continue like this it's worth consulting a healthcare provider.

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