When is spotting not normal??

posted 6 months ago in Wellness
Post # 3
634 posts
Busy bee

I feel like there’s only a few times that spotting is cause for concern but it does sound like you have more symptoms than just that. What kind of birth control were you on? Can you see the doctor before the holidays?

Post # 4
165 posts
Blushing bee

I can’t speak to the spotting but I find that hair loss is sometimes connected to stress, like after a stressful few weeks/event I’ll notice a LOT more hair in the shower/hairbrush. I have also had it happen after losing weight in a short period (like 10-15 lbs in 2-3 months). Has anything like that happened to you recently? If so that could be a factor.  I also seem to remember my hair temporarily thinning a few months after going off BC about 4 years ago. 

Post # 5
4285 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: January 2017

I would definitely get blood tested for anemia and tested for PCOS, thyroid problems and other medical disorders. Hair loss, esp. In CHUNKS in your early 20s is not normal and the sudden worsening of spotting is a warning sign that something is going on. If your ob brushes off your concerns, get a second or third opinion. GL.

Post # 6
9530 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2014 - Chicago, IL

Hair loss can also be tied to high levels of testosterone and PCOS. I’d go see your doc and request some labs for hormone levels. That might also explain the spotting.

Post # 9
2639 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

buzzingbeez14 :  When not pregnant I am a spotter. I have always spotted for a few days before my period. When I’ve not been TTC I have actually quite liked it as I thought of it as ‘warning shots’ so I never got taken by surprise by my period. I had some fertility issues so I have been tested for everything over the years and no cause for my spotting has be found. It is normal for me.

The hair loss is something else though – have you noticed any patches on your scalp? Are you losing hair from anywhere else on your body. I have expeirence with Alopecia (both Mother-In-Law and Darling Husband have Alopecia Universalis) and from what I have read for women it can be triggered by a huge shift in their hormones. You coming off BC could well have prompted a bit of an over reaction from your body to the hormone change.

I would def speak to your doctor about it (great that you are doing) but I would also suggest a book called The Period Repair Manual. There is lots of information in there about spotting and other hormonal conditions including PCOS. She has lots of good advice on things you can do to try and get your hormones back in check.

Do seek a qualified medical opinion though.

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