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It’s not uncommon for women to experience spotting (irregular bleeding) between periods. In fact, most women experience it at least once throughout their reproductive lifetime.
Spotting between periods is usually nothing to be concerned about, but in some cases, it can signal an underlying condition that requires treatment.
Causes of Spotting
There are several potential causes of spotting, including:
More rare causes of spotting between periods include extreme stress, diabetes, significant weight gain or weight loss, or insertion of an object into the vagina.
If your spotting concerns you, or if you experience it in conjunction with other symptoms like pain, fatigue, dizziness or fever, contact your doctor. Bring a record of your menstrual cycle to your appointment if possible, including beginning and end dates, flow heaviness and instances of spotting between periods.
The diagnostic process includes a physical and pelvic exam. In some cases, your doctor will use diagnostic exams like blood drawing, biopsies or an ultrasound to check for other causes of spotting.
Treatment and Prevention
There is no specific treatment for spotting, and the actions you and your doctor decide will depend in large part on the cause of your spotting. If you have serious spotting issues or prolonged bleeding, be sure not to ignore them—if the cause is an infection, cancer or another serious issue, you could be putting your health at risk by ignoring the symptoms.
Prevention of spotting may or may not be possible, depending on the underlying cause. In some cases, the following tactics might help:
Your doctor can offer further recommendations for treatment and prevention of spotting.
The obstetricians/gynecologists, nurse practitioners and certified nurse midwives at Revere Health OB/GYN provide a full range of healthcare services to women throughout all stages of their lives including; puberty, child-bearing years, menopause, and beyond.
“What Am I Spotting Between Periods?” WebMD. https://www.webmd.com/women/guide/spotting-between-periods
“Vaginal Bleeding Between Periods.” HealthLine.com. https://www.healthline.com/health/vaginal-bleeding-between-periods
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This information is not intended to replace the advice of a medical professional. You should always consult your doctor before making decisions about your health.