Have you ever got afraid while experiencing unexpected light vaginal bleeding? Although bleeding in between your regular periods is not something to worry about, you can’t ignore the condition as well. Take a deep breath and seek out your doctor. You also need to understand what the causes of spotting are and what treatments are available for the condition.
Causes Of Spotting
The spotting problem can result due to one of these things:
May Be You Have Reached That Age
Spotting is common in women who are just about to start their menstruation cycle and also in ladies whose bodies are adjusting to menopause. This happens because of hormones fluctuations. If you are about to start your first period, you may experience spotting or irregular periods. Similarly, you can get hot flashes a few years before menopause.
May Be You Are Pregnant
If you are sexually active, chances are that spotting happens because you are pregnant. But you need to check for other signs or simply take a pregnancy test to confirm this. And if you are about to share the good news, consult with your doctor and follow do’s and don’ts of pregnancy to deliver a healthy baby.
May Be You Are Stressed
High stress or anxiety can lead to menstrual irregularities and result in spotting. Even if you are stressed because you are about to become a mother, you can face the problem. However, you can overcome stress by exercising, eating healthy, meditating, massaging, and getting enough sleep. If you are pregnant, make sure to follow tips for new mothers.
May Be Birth Control Could Be The Reason
It goes without saying birth control and certain medications affect your hormones and result in menstrual irregularities. Besides this, interrupted ovulation can also result in spotting.
May Be You Have Weight Issues
Fat cells have an important role in a women’s menstruation and ovulation cycle. Too little body fat or excess of it can result in light bleeding. Also, changes in body weight can cause spotting. So, you need to maintain an optimal weight to get rid of the weight issue. Seek a doctor or gym instructor to know the desired weight range for you.
May Be You Have Thyroid Condition
An underactive thyroid can make the period very light or very heavy. You may also experience irregular periods as your menstrual cycle is directly controlled by hormones produced by the thyroid gland. Well, some other symptoms of underactive thyroid are:
- Weight gain
- Thinning hair
- Joint pain
- Dry skin
- Slowed heart rate
- High cholesterol
Spotting can be a symptom of polycystic ovary syndrome or PCOS. PCOS is a condition due to which your ovaries produce small cysts instead of eggs every month. Also, spotting can result from certain cancers including vaginal, ovarian, uterine, or ovarian cancers.
Further, sexually transmitted infections or STI which can also turn into pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) can result in spotting instead of period. However, you need to check for other signs of this disease. Some signs include bleeding after sex, pelvic pain, smelly vaginal discharge, fever or chills, pain while peeing, and bleeding in between your period. Also, polyps which are abnormal tissue growths in places like uterus and cervix can result in light bleeding.
Also, conditions like endometriosis, kidney disease, liver problem, and diabetes can lead to the spotting problem.
What To Do In Case Of Spotting?
If you experience spotting frequently, it’s time to see a doctor. Also, you need to consult your doctor if you experience abdominal pain, pelvic pain, dizziness, or fever along with spotting. Your doctor will perform blood tests and other exams to find the causes and will take the necessary steps accordingly.