8 Reasons You Could Be Spotting Between Periods

May 16, 2016  |  
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Spotting between periods, even when it isn’t a sign of a health problem, is still a major annoyance. As women, we’ve got the period thing down. We have our menstrual cycle marked in our calendar. We schedule our panty liner purchases according to that calendar. We wear our tattered, over-sized panties that we don’t care that much about on those days marked with the red dots just in case our feminine products don’t have our backs that day. Or, our, insides? But when we start spotting in between periods, that’s just not fair. That’s no way to live. And, it can be a sign of some other issues going on in your body. So here are all the reasons you might be spotting between your periods.

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The pill

In order for the pill to be effective, you need to take it as close to the same time every day as possible. Not doing so can put you at risk of pregnancy. But, on top of that, some women’s bodies are so sensitive to just an hour’s difference in the time you take it each day, that they can see spots.
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The fix

Keep your pills and a glass of water next to your bed. When your alarm goes off in the morning, it will be the first thing you see. Or, you can keep the pills on top of the coffee maker and take them with your cup of Joe.
Mirena

Mirena

An IUD

If an IUD is your contraception of choice, there is a good chance you’ll be seeing spots. IUD’s send out a progesterone-like hormone that prevents pregnancy. Typically, when your body is getting all the signals that it’s not time to conceive, it also pumps out period hormones.
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The fix

Not all IUDs have spotting as a side effect. Women who use copper IUDs, for example, rarely report spotting. However, copper IUDs can increase cramps during your period, so if you switch to this kind of IUD, make sure you have cramp relief methods available.
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Pregnancy

Spotting within the first few months of pregnancy is totally normal. If you’ve been seeing spots and experiencing other symptoms of pregnancy, it may be time to pee on that little pink stick.
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The fix

There isn’t much you can do about spotting during pregnancy besides grab some panty liners. Ugh. But the good news is, you have a baby on the way! So you’ll be plenty distracted. You should, however, see a doctor if your spotting is abnormally frequent or heavy as this can be a symptom of an ectopic pregnancy (when the fetus develops outside the uterus)
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Corbis

Spotting before a period

Women often ignore spotting before a period, thinking it’s just their cycle getting a head start. But spotting before your period isn’t necessarily normal and it could be a sign of a cyst, or impaired egg quality.
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The fix

See your gynecologist if you spot consistently before your periods. Further examination might show that you need to see a fertility doctor, or have a cyst removed.
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Spotting after your period

This is another type of spotting that women often ignore, writing it off as a longer-lasting period. But spotting after your period can be a sign of a weak uterus.
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The fix

In some cases, weak uterus cannot contract strongly enough to properly deliver a baby. If you do plan on becoming pregnant, you should talk to your doctor about ways to improve your uterine health, like fertility yoga, fertility massages and certain diets.
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Chlamydia

If chlamydia is left untreated, the infection can spread do your cervix and fallopian tubes, causing spotting between periods.
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The fix

If you have had unprotected sex or sex with a new partner recently and are experiencing other symptoms like abdominal or lower back pain, as well as a heaviness around the hips, go to a doctor immediately and get tested. Chlamydia can be cleared up with medication but the longer it’s left untreated the more permanent damage it can cause.
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Peri-menopause

Leading up to menopause, your body undergoes hormonal changes that can slowly lighten your periods until they are gone entirely. This looks similar to spotting.
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The fix

You’ll need to wear panty liners or tampons just like you normally would. But take this per-menopause symptoms as an opportunity to prepare for menopause. It’s your body giving you a head start so you can do some research and know what more to expect during this phase.
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Weight loss

If you have recently lost a lot of weight–particularly at a rapid speed–you might experience spotting. Any time your body weight fluctuates so do your hormones, and this can lead to mid-cycle bleeding.
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The fix

If you experience anything abnormal from your body during your attempt to lose weight, speak to a nutritionist and make sure you are dieting at a healthy pace.

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