Once a month is enough, wouldn’t you agree? Sometimes, however, we are surprised by random spotting, or vaginal bleeding occurring between your regular monthly periods. The spotting could be as light as a few drops of blood on your underwear, or you could bleed as much as you would when you start your period.
Spotting is common. The reasons for this irregular bleeding can vary depending on each individual woman’s health situation, but there are some very common causes, such as pregnancy, birth control and infection.
Let’s look at these top three reasons for spotting in between periods more closely.
If you have just become pregnant, you may experience spotting between periods at the time when the fertilized egg has been implanted into the uterus and is starting to grow. This is referred to as implantation bleeding.
Implantation bleeding may seem like your actual period, but it is different. One of the main ways it differs is in appearance — implantation bleeding may be lighter in color and amount than what you are used to seeing during your period. You won’t experience any aching, pain or cramping like you may during your regular period either.
Approximately 25-30% of pregnant women will experience some amount of spotting early on in their normal pregnancy. It could also be the sign of a miscarriage. Spotting may also occur during an ectopic pregnancy, which means that a fertilized egg has been implanted on the outside of the uterus.
Spotting is normal for those who have just started or just stopped taking birth control or estrogen pills. It can also occur if you’ve accidentally missed taking one of those pills. A contraceptive patch, implant, injection or the IUD can also be a cause.
Certain vaginal, cervical and uterine infections and inflammation conditions can cause spotting, as can sexually transmitted infections including chlamydia, gonorrhea and genital warts.
There are other factors that can cause irregular bleeding in between periods, such as your thyroid levels being too high or too low, having pelvic inflammatory disease or polycystic ovary syndrome (PSOS), and vaginal dryness or atrophy after menopause.
Spotting may also occur because of certain medications, such as blood thinning medications, antidepressants and corticosteroids. It can even happen because of something as simple as stress.
If you notice that your vaginal bleeding has become heavier than normal, you’ve noticed a change in the bleeding pattern or you’ve passed blood clots, it’s time to investigate. This is the time to make sure and visit your OBGYN.
If you experience spotting or irregular bleeding between periods, you may feel confused or worried about what is happening to your body. If you feel any concern, you should reach out to your OBGYN. As a female OBGYN in Fort Lauderdale, Dr. Ghea can discuss this matter with you and go over the possibilities of what could be causing the spotting to occur.
If you are looking for a Fort Lauderdale obstetrician to discuss your menstrual cycle with, Dr. Ghea is here to help. You can schedule an appointment with her at her Plantation OBGYN office, Westside OBGYN Group by calling 954-473-2011.