Bleeding between periods or Spotting as it is popularly called, is vaginal bleeding that occurs between two menstrual periods.
Blood from spotting may be bright red indicating fresh blood, pink indicating dilute blood, brown indicating old blood or black indicating very old blood.
Continuous spotting may be a sign of an underlying health problem.
Here are 5 reasons why you may be experiencing bleeding between periods:
1. Ovulation or Implantation: spotting may occur during ovulation (release of eggs from the ovary) or Implantation (when a fertilised egg attaches to the wall of the womb), light spotting usually occurs in both cases.
2. Lifestyle factors: stress, diet, smoking, alcohol abuse and certain drugs could lead to hormonal imbalance causing spotting.
3. Side effects of using certain hormonal contraceptives such as oral contraceptive pills, patches or the IUCD (intrauterine contraceptive device). Spotting can occur as a side effect of taking different types of hormonal contraceptives.
4. Gynecological problems such as uterine fibroids, endometriosis, cervical cancer, vaginal infections could cause spotting.
5. Menopause: Spotting can be a sign that you’re experiencing menopause or menopause is around the corner, in this condition, spotting at the initial stage may be heavier.
If you’re experiencing any form of bleeding between periods, it is advisable to go to a standard hospital to see a gynecologist for appropriate diagnosis and treatment.