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Bleeding, brown and yellowish odorless discharge, cramps. Pregnant?

I started having some light bleeding last week, which turned brown and now a yellowish odorless discharge . I m also having some mild cramps , which got better from last week. It is like I am about to get my period, but I am not due for that for another week (May 6th). I m not on the pill . From what I found online it could be pregnancy, but it seems too early to test. I just wanted to know if there is anything I should worry about that could be made worse if I wait another week. Thanks for your time
Asked On : Sat, 5 May 2012
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Hello and thank you for asking HCM,

I understand your concern. If you are sexually active without protection, you should make a pregnancy test a few days before your expected period. But if these bleeding appeared in the middle of your cycle than it can be ovulatory bleeding. Ovulation bleeding is the commonest cause of midcycle bleeding. It occurs approximately 14 - 16 days after the last menstrual period.
Ovulation bleeding usually lasts for only 2-3 hours and may be so slight as to cause only a brownish discharge that stains the underclothes. Occasionally it may last for 1 to 2 days but even then only a brown discharge with a few spots of red may be seen. Heavy bleeding is rare. A little blood tinging the profuse clear mucus secreted at this time is more common.

Sometimes ovulation bleeding may be accompanied by pain on one or other side of the lower abdomen. It depends on the site of ovulation - on which ovary is expelling the ovum on that cycle. This pain , also called 'ovulation pain' or 'mittelschmerz', lasts for about 12 - 24 hours. It increases on any movement, even during walking.

I hope this asnwer was helpful to you.
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