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Instead of my regular period this month I've had spotting…

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Instead of my regular...

Instead of my regular period this month I've had brown spotting for 7 days and it has a bad smell

Doctor's Assistant: Have you been keeping a personal medical record?

I just had my Pap smear which was normal Not really I'm 44

Doctor's Assistant: Anything else in your medical history you think the doctor should know?

I had an ectopic about 10 yrs ago and 2 normal deliveries

Submitted: 4 months ago.Category: OB GYN
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OB GYN Doctor: Dr. J, Board Certified OB/GYN replied 4 months ago
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Hi there. Board-certified obgyn here.

May I ask if you're currently taking hormones, or using anything to prevent pregnancy?

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OB GYN Doctor: Dr. J, Board Certified OB/GYN replied 4 months ago

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OB GYN Doctor: Dr. J, Board Certified OB/GYN replied 4 months ago

Spotting that's brown indicates old blood, meaning blood that's sat in the vagina for a day or two before it works its way out. Sometimes when our bleeding is really light, it's not even enough blood flow to push itself out, and then it turns brown before it eventually does come out. That old blood can develop an odor (because it's sat in the vagina and been exposed to air for some time before coming out).

I would still count this as a period, just might lighter and more prolonged than you normally experience. Anything that affects our hormones can in turn affect our menstrual cycle - what we're eating, how much we're sleeping, our stress level etc. At 44, you are also reaching an age where, as our hormones start to gradually decline in the years preceding menopause (which is when our female hormones really decrease and our periods stop), it can make your periods really irregular and changed in their nature. It's hard to predict if this is just a random "off" month or if this type of irregular bleeding will continue. But nothing you are describing sounds too alarming, especially if you just recently had a normal pap smear.

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OB GYN Doctor: Dr. J, Board Certified OB/GYN replied 4 months ago

Just checking in to see if you had any further Qs for me.

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