Explanations For Why You’re Spotting
Reasons For Spotting
Why am I spotting before I get my menstruation period? This is the one big question that thousands to millions of women are asking. The unexpected spotting before the actual period starts will surely mess up your nice undies, white sheets and your plans of wearing light colored bottoms. But more than that, it can also be scary enough to make you ask many questions –
Is it a sign of a serious health problem? Or am I pregnant? What are the reasons for spotting before menstruation? Here are some of the explanations that you need to know :
You are ovulating.
Spotting is one sign of ovulation so it is normal for women to experience spotting a day or two after their ovulation. Ovulation is the time of the month when you are most fertile so if you are trying to avoid getting pregnant, you should never confuse spotting with your period!
You are using contraceptives.
If you are using any type of hormonal birth control, like IUDs, patches, implants, shots or pills, you have high risk of spotting. This usually occurs when you start and shortly after stopping the use of these products. But if you are experiencing what they call as “breakthrough bleeding” every month, you may need to switch to another method.
You are pregnant.
Majority of women experience spotting during their few months of pregnancy. If you have experienced spotting and you have noticed other signs and symptoms of pregnancy, it is best that you undergo a pregnancy confirmation test. If the results came out positive, do visit a gynecologist right away.
You forgot to take your birth control pills.
If you have missed a single dose of your pills, it is possible that you will experience random bleeding in the next few days to come. If this is the case, it is recommended that you take the missed dose right away. This will put an end to spotting.
You are already entering the menopausal stage.
Spotting is one of the signs that you are already transitioning out to your child-bearing years. This is due to the hormonal imbalance that occurs during this stage.
You have just taken emergency contraceptive pills.
Your morning after pills contain estrogen and progestin which can cause light spotting.
You are stressed out.
Stress has an effect on your menstruation too. When you are stressed out, your body releases more cortisol and less progesterone and estrogen that messes up your period. It can make your period late, irregular or may cause spotting.
You may have uterine fibroids.
Does your spotting come with other symptoms like heavy flow or pelvic pain? Or do you experience any pain during intercourse? If yes, then it may be a sign of uterine fibroids. If that is the case, you should talk to your doctor to discuss possible treatments for your condition.
Understanding your menstruation is important and now that you already know the possible reasons for spotting, you can stop stressing over it and finally have peace of mind. After all, having your period is already stressful enough!