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light bleeding 3-4 days before the start of my period?

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Hi, I am 31 y.o. For the last 1,5 year I have been experiencing light bleeding (spotting) 3-4 days before the start of my period. It would start very light and then get heavier and then the normal (heavy) flow would follow. Is it normal? Thank you.

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replied June 22nd, 2012
Menstruation Answer A36320
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It is considered be normal to have spotting a few days before your actual periods. It is believed to occur due to endometrial response due to hormonal changes/reduction in hormonal levels that leads to endometrial separation and spotting before the actual sloughing off of the endometrial lining during periods. As long as you have regular periods during the expected period time, you can leave it alone. If you are worried, you can consider going ahead with blood and hormonal work-up done to rule out any derangements. Ultrasound scan done will help to rule out problems like ovarian cysts and endometrial hyperplasia and endometriosis etc. Visit your doctor/gynecologist for further evaluation and assistance. If any abnormality is detected, treatment as appropriate (based on examination findings and investigations results) would be started to help you regulate your periods.
Take care.

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