Should I worry about spotting between periods?

Bleeding between periods

Most women experience spotting between their periods at some point. Usually, it’s nothing to worry about. A number of things can cause it to happen. 

It can be triggered by a variety of factors, from pregnancy to a switch in birth control methods. It’s always a good idea to have your doctor check out any unexpected vaginal bleeding, especially if you’re not sure of the cause.

Spotting in between periods can be a sign of pregnancy. If you are pregnant and experience light bleeding, it’s most likely due to the embryo implanting to the uterine wall. Cramping can also occur during this time.

Most common reasons for spotting:

According to UpToDate.com, in a study of women with regular menstrual cycles, mid-cycle transient spotting was reported by 4.8 percent. This may be due to a rapid decrease in estradiol (a form of estrogen), the rise of LH surge, and in the context of the low levels of progesterone at the point in the cycle.

Typically, spotting in between periods can last a few hours to a couple days but every woman’s experience is different. 

If you have prolonged spotting or bleeding, it can be caused by a more serious underlying problem. If you are experiencing this, see your OB/GYN immediately or you can walk-in 24/7 to see one of our GYN specialists.

Any time outside of a woman’s menstrual cycle that uterine bleeding occurs, it is considered abnormal.
Examples of Menorrhagia (heavy periods) may include:

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