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I am bleeding 1 to 2 weeks before my period actually occurs.

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Hi, I am 26, and came off cilest in Jan 2011 as my husband and I are trying to conceive. I have been on pill since I was 17. I have had a period every month since coming off my pill, however I have noticed that I am bleeding 1 to 2 weeks before my period actually occurs. I have spotting about 7-12 days before my "actual" period. The spotting is reddish brown and occurs mostly on wiping. My period, although I have painful cramps, is very light and lasts only 3 days. I think I have a 30 day cycle. I did notice this month I was very emotional whereby I was nearly in tears many days (not something that has effected me before). I'm not sure whether this bleeding before my period is something to get checked out or if this is normal. I don't want to waste anyones time but is making me worry. Can you please help? Thanks!!

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replied July 11th, 2011
Vaginal and Uterus Health Answer A24972
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The midcycle bleeding/spotting could be due to ovulation. Calculate your probable ovulation days and see if this corresponds to your most fertile days. Some women tend to have bleeding and abdominal cramps during ovulation time. You can also consider getting a thorough check done by your gynecologist/obstetrician to rule out any other serious issues. If you are not successful with your pregnancy plans in next 3-6 months, consider getting a complete infertility work-up done for you and your partner to see if there are any underlying causes for the infertility/inability to conceive. Hormonal issues, problems involving ovaries and ovulation, uterine problems, cervical or vaginal infections should be ruled out for you. For your partner, semen analysis should be done to rule out infections and to confirm the quality and quantity of sperms produced. Treatment as needed (based on examination and investigations results) would be started to help you get pregnant.
Take care.

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