What it means to have spotting between periods

Bleeding or spotting between periods, you may have been told, is normal, but it could be a sign of some problem.

Meenakshi Chaudhary
Women's HealthWritten by: Meenakshi ChaudharyPublished at: Sep 25, 2015Updated at: Sep 25, 2015
What it means to have spotting between periods

It is completely normal for women to see spots of blood in their undergarment before their designated menstrual period and there is mostly nothing to worry about. Almost every woman experiences such vaginal bleeding at some point in her life. However, if you experience continual spotting besides normal bleeding, you should see your doctor as it could be because of some serious underlying condition. Let's find out more about the causes and ways to prevent spotting.


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What is blood spotting?

Typically, a menstrual period occurs every 28 days and lasts for 4 to 7 days. Spotting is the vaginal bleeding that women experience right after a menstrual period or right before the next period. This unusual bleeding is usually light pink in colour and may appear like it is part of a normal menstrual bleeding.

Causes of blood spotting

There can be various causes for such unexpected bleeding. They me be:

Birth control Methods: Starting or changing the dose of hormonal birth control or even changing the brand may cause spotting.

IUC implants: IUC implants are used to prevent pregnancy, but they can cause spotting in some cases.

Thyroid problem: The thyroid gland produces hormones that regulate metabolism. Therefore, a thyroid problem may also cause spotting.

Lifestyle factors, especially stress can affect hormonal levels in women as well their menstruation cycle, causing spotting between periods. Sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia and gonorrhea can also cause spotting.



If the bleeding is because of birth control pills, you can prevent spotting by taking birth control as prescribed. Taking birth control pill at the same time every day reduces risk of spotting. Also avoid Aspirin as it makes blood thinner. Maintaining a healthy weight will also prevent inconvenience of spotting.

Although, it is very difficult to completely prevent spotting between periods, you can easily reduce your chances or speak to a doctor for the best treatment possible.

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