A woman’s body is very complicated and every woman has a different physiology. This makes it very hard to generally diagnose a woman’s symptoms without checking her medical background. In this sense, spotting between periods can be interpreted differently depending on the woman’s menstrual cycle and condition. Spotting between periods can either be normal or abnormal depending on whether the woman is pregnant or experiencing menopause.
Generally, it is a normal phenomenon especially if it occurs several days before or after the menstrual cycle. It is very common for women to experience this after a menstrual cycle. it also occur during the time when a woman is in her ovulation period. This is the period wherein a woman is most fertile and has a high risk of getting pregnant. This happens because there is a sudden drop in estrogen level as the ovaries releases the eggs, travels into the fallopian tube and implants into the uterus, making the woman very much prone to pregnancy. During this time, it is also normal for women to experience some cramping and nausea. This should be no cause for concern unless the cramping pain has become unbearable.
Spotting between periods is normally just a few droplets of pinkish discharge seen in the underwear or toilet paper. Some women who experience abnormal menstrual bleeding have a slightly heavier flow which would require them to use an everyday pad. However, the flow should not be as heavy as the flow experienced during the actual menstrual cycle.
Spotting and cramping between periods can also be a sign of pregnancy. Spotting between periods happens because the fertilized egg turns into a fetus and attaches itself to the woman’s uterine wall to acquire support and nourishment. Spotting between periods should be interpreted as normal except if the flow becomes really heavy and occurs during pregnancy. Heavy bleeding may be a sign of a miscarriage, ectopic pregnancy or molar pregnancy.
Women who have Polycystic Ovarian Syndrome or PCOS also frequently experience spotting in between periods because of their abnormal menstrual cycle and hormonal imbalances. In fact, irregular periods is a very common occurrence for them and it is often hard to monitor their menstrual cycle because of its irregularity.
As spotting between periods is a sign of pregnancy, on the contrary it could also be a sign that a woman is approaching menopause. Women could experience either excessive vaginal bleeding or spotting during this time. Women undergoing hormone replacement therapy may experience various types and flow of bleeding but once they have passed this period, spotting between periods will no longer be a cause of concern because the woman will no longer experience any monthly menstruation.
If for any reason that the irregular bleeding between periods are causing other symptoms such as unbearable cramping pain, nausea, vomiting and other uncomfortable feeling, seek the help of a medical doctor or a gynecologist. Make sure to take note of the times when the bleeding between periods have occurred and its frequency so that the doctor can make a better diagnosis.