If Period Is 4 Days Late Then Light Bleeding, Is That My Period Or Am I Still Late?

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Hannah Barton Profile
Hannah Barton answered
A woman’s period may be late for a number of different reasons.  It is usually nothing to worry about, and light bleeding is also perfectly normal from time to time, but can still be classed as a period.

Medical advice from a trained doctor should be sought if there are any doubts about symptoms being experienced or if further answers are needed.  In some cases, a late, missed, or light period may be a sign of pregnancy, so a test can be done to determine the result of this.

Periods often take place between 21 to 40 days, but the average tends to be 28.  They usually last about five to seven days, but can sometimes be as short as three days or as long as 10.

Each woman should work out what is normal for them and note any changes in their cycle from month to month.  This can include the length it lasts for, any symptoms experienced, such as nausea, vomiting, headaches, or stomach cramps, and how often it occurs.

A period can be late for a number of reasons, including stress or changes in diet or weight.  If a woman has lost a lot of weight recently, then it can change her menstrual cycle slightly or even stop it completely.

If she is having a particularly stressful time, then her period may be late or it may never come at all that month.  A doctor can help determine what is normal and if any tests need to be taken.

Some women decide to go on the birth control pill to regulate their periods or relieve any unwanted symptoms.
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cinesse Lawlor answered
I was in the same boat as a lot of you on here. I took a pregnancy test on my 2nd missed period date it came out negative. But still there wasn't a period. I thought I would wait it out and if it still didn't come after 5 days I would take another test. Then on day 3 at the evening I noticed some light bleeding thinking ok this is my period I'm not pregnant. The next morning the tampon I used only had like 3 dots on it barely nothing, (werid) then the next day I was at work no signs of pregancy and still nothing on the period side.

I thought it was really strange, and then went back to thinking maybe I am pregnant. On day 5 like I had said above I took a pregnancy test and sure thing it was NEGATIVE, but still no period I asked a couple of older women at my work the next day about it and if they know of anything like this am I pregnant or am I not and where is my darn period if I'm not. A lot of the ladies informed me that it sounds like a couple things I could just be having a not normal period or I could be miscarrying!!! So I was like find I can't seem to find anything on the damn internet so I'm going to go to the doctor and ask.

Made an appt and went and they asked me a lot of questions and then they did a pregnancy test and it was negative. Just like a few comments above this one someone wrote it and it was exactally true, but people still wanted to be told what the outcome was. The outcome was I WASN'T PREGNANT. 

If you are really concerned then go see a doctor because trust me you are not EVER going to find anything on here meaning the internet that's going to put that heart at ease!
Rebecca Profile
Rebecca answered
It may be too soon to take a home pregnancy test and it find HCG in you urine but it sounds it to me that the light bleeding was implantation bleeding where the egg attaches to your uterus and can cause some bleeding. Hope that helped.
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miriyum lopez answered
Ladies, I think the best answer is to go visit a gynaecologist and have them examine you. Sounds like were all in a similar boat, I too am 4days late. I have no period flow enough to fill pad/tampon. I only have blood clots and light blood when I wipe. I do FEEL pregnant but I've also had mild cramp pains. I'm certain pregnancy is not the only cause to the symptoms we've each been experiencing.. Its best to go see a doctor if your really that worried, because 99.9% of the time our "thinking" is overly dramatic. Don't be scared to go see a doctor they of all people on here can help you the most. Good luck and I hope all is well with everyone.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Can SOMEONE please help me???
I was 4 days late in getting my period. It was very very light and a pale pink for two days then on third morning it was a little heavier, by that afternoon it had stopped. Now (two weeks later) I've been to toilet and wiped, light bleeding. Have done two HPT and both negitive, am very confused and lost. Could I be preg? Has anyone experienced this before? Appreciate any help I can get? :)
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abc cba answered
I have never posted here before buti was inthe same boat with everyone on here. My last cycle was april 28 and I od onmay 11. My husband and 1 bd every other day. I wasn't expecting it to happen because we have been very stressed. I started have symptoms 1 week before af ( swollen breast, bloating, sick to my stomach) thencramping started I thought for sure af was comin. Took 3 hpt all neg. Af was supposed to come may 23 nothing. Then all of a sudden all my symptoms went away. I jus new then that we had not got it this month. Wit af 3 days late I started spotting on may 26. Nothin like my regular af. It lasted 2 days and jus stopped. So this morning I took a test jus because and I got a very dark BFP.no symptomms at all not even af symptoms . I took 3 more includin a digital and all BBFP. Have doctors appt in the morning. So don't give up hope. Baby dust to all
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I wish some of the posters would let us know whether they turned out pregnant or not. I am going through the same thing, and no one can tell me if they turned out to be pregnant or not!!!
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I had sex about 2 weeks go and was due on saturday. Then on wednesday after I was due I started bleeding, wasnt like a normal period, it was much lighter. I am feeling sick a lot and tired. I have mild cramp, not too painful but annoying. I don't know if I came on my period late or I could be pregnant? Can any1 help please?
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Anonymous answered
If you are not sure take a test, if it comes back negative and you still havent gotten your period in a couple of days and think you are pregnant take another test. I took a test when I was a few days late and came back negative, waited 3 days still felt like I was pregnant took another test and got a positive. My daughter is now 4 months old and I'm in the same situation. 4 days late, light cramping, light pink when wiping sometimes. I just FEEL pregnant. I took a test, negative. If I still havent gotten my period in 5 days I'm going to take another.
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Anonymous answered
Hiya I'm having the same thing I was due on 28/01/09 and had period pains but hardley any blood it starting out a brownish colour then turned to blood this went on of 3/4 day and stooped I done 4 hpt and 1 came back psistitve the other 3 neg so not sure what's going on my doctor has told me to wait till next month not helpful so I'll leave it a week or so and take another test as if you are in early stages then your levels mite not be high enough
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Anonymous commented
If a test came back positive, then you are almost definetely prego. Its sooooooo rare to have false positives, although not very rare to have false negatives.
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If a test came back positive, then you are almost definetely prego. Its sooooooo rare to have false positives, although very rare to have false negatives.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Same problem here!!  My periods are always normal. Now I'm 4 days late and very light bleeding only when I wipe. My boyfriend and I have unprotected sex because we're trying to have a baby. Hoping I'm preggo so any suggestions or outcomes would be awesome.
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Anonymous answered
Ok well I was 3 days late and then the first day of this so called period I spotted a little bit and then that was it then the next morning  it was like my normal period cramps and all then then the next 2 days it was  lighter than usual! My normal periods last a full  7 days and cramps are really bad and I only cramped the second day. And I thought I was pregnant before this but I'm not sure now I'm only having a few prego symptoms now so I'm not sure! Anyone think this is implantation bleeding or just a weird period??
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I need help. Something isn't right. In July(19th) my period came on for 3 days and was unusually light. August comes around  it was suppose to come on the 16th. Nothing. Today is the 21st and I'm getting cramps like a regular period and blood. It's bright red and not that much. I thougt I could have been pregnant because I was way more tired and eating more but now I don't know. Could I still be pregnant?
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Anonymous answered
I would say there is a possibility you could be pregnant, I'm in the same boat, I was 5 days late, then last night I used the restroom, wiped, and say forms of blood.  Then just around five this morning, I peed, wiped, and saw more blood, even had a few drops of blood in the toilet.  Just a few minutes ago I peed, and something told me to push, when I did, a big blood clot came out?? Before all of this, my periods were always normal, always came on time.  I havent been stressing, so I don't know.  Me and my boyfriend had unprotected sex five days before I was due to have my period.  I've been cramping everyday for about a week now.  Normally by now my blood would have decreased, and cramps would have stopped by now, but I'm still cramping, and when I wipe there is blood, but only brown discharge in my pad?? I am bloated, and I do feel pregnant.  I'm scared to take a test, but thats what I'm about to go do now.  Be back to let you all know the results!
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Anonymous answered
Came out with a positive test 2 days later (today) I started to bleed. I was due for my period around 3-4th of this month it didn't come when it didn't come by the 6 th I took a test. It was one straight clear dark blue line with a light line across it for positive result.

Can't you take a test while bleeding still?
I have and appointment scheduled with my family doctor on Monday, do I keep that?
Cindy Thompson Profile
Cindy Thompson answered
You need to have another pregnancy test. The most accurate way to find out if you are pregnant is to have a physical exam from your doctor. I hope that if you are looking to be pregnant that you are; and if you're not I hope that you're not. Peace
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Hi, I'm usually regular on my periods also, I never get cramps before a period, these usually start as soon as my period comes also as soon as I start my period I am fairly heavy, this month I am 4 days late and have had dull cramps, and about an hour ago I had some small spotting which was very light pinkish, I've never had a period like this,but as I get dull cramps I presume I will start soon, if I haven't had a proper period in 5 more days I'm going to take a HPT..maybe lol it's a bit scary haha
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Anonymous answered
I posted 3 months back as a guest. "can someone post their outcomes please?...". I just wanted to give an update to others who are or were going through the same thing. Turns out I was not pregnant, I had quit smoking the month before and it had messed up my AF flow. This happens a lot. Also, I was hoping so bad that I was pregnant that my body was sort of "going along" with it and producing pregnancy symptoms. This is also very common! Good luck to everyone:)
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Can someone please help ! In May I had my period (normal), june missed entire period , then in july it was only 3 days long and a week early ( my usual is a full week ) . My boyfriend is in the army and I havent had sex since the end of may . I am still waiting on my period for august .... Could I be preg ?
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Megan Laster answered
I have a question and I hope someone can answer it. My period came a week late and a few days before it my stomach was cramping and I was getting a little dizzy. It was very light and lasted only 2 1/2 days. My fiance and I had sex like the week before I got my "period" and we didnt use protection. My periods are never more than 3 days late and are always heavy. Could I be prego? I took 1 test but it came back negative I bought another one and I am going to take it next week. Does anyone have anything to Say that would be helpful. Thanks :)
Amber Jackson Profile
Amber Jackson answered
The same thing happened to me today! My period is a week late and today my bf and I decided to have sex, after that I always use the rr and when I did a pinkish discharge came out but not a regular flow. It has been feeling like my period was going to come for two days now and NOTHING! I have all the early symptoms of being pregnant but I will give it a few more days until I take a hpt... My fingers are CROSSED! I will be back with an update two days from tonite to give results (good or bad) :/???
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I too am going through the same thing. Bleed when wiping, my breast aren't sore, Nor do I have cramps. But did have unprotected sex with my ex fiancée, I'm a lesbian, but I ended up getting really drunk, and took him home instead (fml right!)

I hope it's co's of the stress and losing my job, plus on top if mentally and physically prepping myself, fir the military.
Anyway I'll let you know the out come
Kathy Castillo Profile
Kathy Castillo answered
This is probably your period. If you do not have a period next month, you should retake a pregnancy test and go see your doctor. If you have been sexually active or under stress, your period will be irregular.
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Anonymous commented
I have not had any stress and my periods are never late. With me spotting so lite and it going away so fast how will I calculate when my period ffor sept. will be?
Kathy Castillo
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Count 28 days from the first day you started spotting. Your period should start within 28-32 days after the first day of your period. If it does not start, you should go see your doctor.
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Brown discharge is coming outta me I didnt get my period this month and two days ago I spotted but only a little bit and it gone away
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I have been trying to have a baby, I thought I was pregnant cause I was 4 days late for my period and I am never late. And today I went to the toilet and when I wipe theres very light blood, not enough to even wear a pad or anything. I took a hpt and it came back negative. My last period was June the 13th. Please help.

SOMEONE PLZ TELL WHAT YOUR OUTCOME AS IF YOU HAD SIMILAR   HAPPEN TO YOU ...
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I am going through the same thing. My period was due 3-10, and didn't come till 3-16. Before this I was having signs of pregnancy. When my period finally came it was light with no cramping and only lasted 2 days. At the end of my period it was a brown rusty color same with the beginning. Am I possibly pregnant?
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Anonymous answered
I have had the same thing happen and I was NOT pregnant (to my dismay).  Cycles tend to vary now and then.  If you continue to see irregular periods, it would be worthwhile to visit your ob/gyn for a checkup, but I would not worry about a single light period.
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Anonymous answered
I wish people would up date what happened to them. I was 3 days late. Then my period only lasted one day. Now I just have spotting. I've been taking test like crazy and all are bfn. I had a miscarriage due to a blighted ovum a few months ago. That was followed by a d and c. My first period after the D and C was normal. I don't know what's going on. I know I do ovulate late sometimes. With my daughter I didn't get a positive test till I was 12 days late. UGH! If I am in deed prego I will update and let everyone know.
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I found the following website to be helpful:  http://www.kidspot.com.au/Pregnancy-First-trimester-Early-pregnancy-symptom-missed-period+3820+113+article.htm

I was looking it up myself for more information because I was 4 days late and have had a light period for two days now. I am still not sure about myself, but my cousin reminded me of how she literally did not know about her pregnancy until she was 4 months along. 

She still had periods, but they were not normal and she thought it was because of the stress of her Mom dying of cancer. I guess I will be using a test again in a few days.

Anonymous Profile
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I started my period it was not normal kinda medium for about 7 days and its usually only five says then stopped 3 days later I am bleeding again very light what is going on here!!!!
Anonymous Profile
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I'm 4 days late and had unprotected sex a day after my period finished last month and now I am getting cramps and feeling sick and slightly bleeding light pinkish blood could I be pregnant?
Anonymous Profile
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I'm lost I had my period Feb 28 2009 then I missed it in mach but started apr 1 could I be Pregnant?
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I had my period on 20 March and am always as regular as clockwork, yesterday 27 April (being 7 days late)
I had a light bleed nothing major (was caught on toilet roll and nothing else) same again today however today is a browner shade. What could this be?
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
Period is like 20 days late and yesterday I seen some light spotting when I peed,today it has been the same but not everytime I wipe what's going on??
Maria B de Profile
Maria B de answered
I have the same thing, I'm 5 days late 2day, but I have a lightly bleeding this morning. Is this my period or could I be pregnant? Or is this implantation bleeding?
Lauren Profile
Lauren answered
I'm lost as well with this. I had my period January 22nd which was completely normal. I always get my period earlier than expected so I have about a 24 day cycle instead of 28. On February 13th I had light pink on tp after going potty then got my period after 3 days of that, February 16th. However, I had developed a UTI so didn't know if that was the entire reason for the spotting. My period was due on the 12th of March but it's now the 16th and I'm also experiencing the very light pink. I ALWAYS get awful cramps the day of my period but I don't have them this time which is a first. There's just a hint of very dull cramps that last for about a minute then go away, off and on. My breasts have been sore but unfortunately only one has grown and feels very "full". I had about 4 mornings of nausea then had it for an entire day and threw up 7 times, awful day. Now it comes at night before bed. My veins look crazy too! Especially after a hot shower or bath when the blood is really pumping. They're dark blue and very noticeable, on breast, sides of abdomen, inside of biceps and thighs. (sorry for such a long post!) Advice? Only 19, very paranoid...
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I'm nervous as well. I have been having nausea spells where the slightest movement I make makes me want to vomit. Its funny watchin me stand there afraid to move. ANYWAYS my nipples have been sore, now and then my breast themselves hurt (although not much at all) and they NEVER do. Not even for pms. Soooo I took a hpt and it was negative. That night I had a slightly pink discharge and then overnight like two drops of blood. I'm three days late for my period and instead of getting persistant and constant cramping up til I get my period, its been random cramps that come and go quick. Also, my normal period is heavy upon starting then tapers off to the third day so to see a lil blood and then nothing is a total shock to me. I swore I was gettin my period. I think I may be pregnant but I don't want to get my hopes up. I know my bf's fingers are crossed. I don't know if this is stress or pregnancy, so I totally know how you feel!
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I am experiencing the same thing, I was meant to come on last tuesday but I didnt end up coming on till the friday, but it wasnt until after me and my boyfriend had sex even then it wasnt normal and its still not now not my usual amount and its dark, also I have hardly had any belly aches and I am prone to having really bad period pains! What do you recon? Am I pregnant? I havent taken a test because I really don't know??

Any ideas???
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Hi I am 3 days late for my period and when I went to the toilet this morning I had slight bloody discharge and am now still spotting only when I wipe.I also have slight cramping but not too painful!I am already a mum of 1,I did not spot on my 1st pregnancy.wonder if I could be preg???

Ps: I took a pregnancy test yesterday and it was negative.
Please can you help. I am hoping I am preg x babydust x
Anonymous Profile
Anonymous answered
I was 7 days late for my regular period this month today I started my period after being 7 days late but its not like my usual period its very light and my periods are usually heavier Whats wrong here?
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Lindsay Ridley answered
Today I was four days late fom my period it is always on time. Well I just barely started bleeding like a pink/brown, can this be implantation bleeding????
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Anonymous answered
Oh goodness, for real.....I need an answer also on if ANYBODY ended up pregnant. I am four days late, and just had very light pink wiping, so I reached in to see if there was more, but only a little pink/brown. I am cramping a bit. Also, my periods are a normal 28 days and last for three days.

From: Julie
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Can people post their outcomes please? I am in a similar situation. I had cramping and tender breasts around when my AF was supposed to come..nothing. 5 days after AF was supposed to come I had spotting, then light bleeding the next day, then spotting again the next day to nothing (that's today). It only lasted like 2 1/2 days.  I have taken 3 hpt's up until today and all negative. I have been having light headaches and have been very weepy this whole time. I am also extra hungry and peeing a lot more. My breasts are no longer sore and the cramping has stopped. My belly also feels bloated but sore like I did sit ups. What the heck is going on? Am I pregnant and ovulating late and that was implantation bleeding or was it just an irregular late and short AF? I am so confused. Please opinions??
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I'm experiencing the same thing but only one day of bleeding heavy for a few hours and then it disappeared...???....I'll also add that it was painful but has now ceased...Hoping I'm preggo!
Anonymous Profile
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If I'm getting my period regulary for 7 days but there is close to nothing of blood whats going on?
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Hi. Ive been on the contraceptive pill for two years now, never with any problems. But I was due my period on monday (today is friday) and it didnt arrive till tuesday which was odd for me. It only lasted for a few hours. Then on wednesday it came back for the whole day but kinda threatening to go away all day. Then yesterday all i had was some light pinkish spotting and today nothing! I took a test on wed but it was negative. Any ideas?
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Obviously I am giong through all of the same symptoms as everyone else, I just would like to hear the outcome of a few. Did anyone end up pregnant? . Thanks!
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I too was 4 days late. Woke up this morning with cramps and bleeding. Lasted 2 hours and now nothing again. I have a 7month old and my husband and I arent ready for another. Just wanted to see if anyone had this and it was normal or if they ended up being pregnant. Please post if you were or werent thank you so much!

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