What’s the Difference Between Your Period and Spotting?

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As most women might experience spotting in mid-cycle, they start to get worried that their period has started to become irregular. No need to panic, as this might be spotting, a bloody vaginal discharge occurring not due to menstruation. 

It’s important to understand the differences between menstrual bleeding and spotting. Spotting might have a different consistency and color of the discharge. It is usually very light and there is very little of it. Sometimes spotting can be brown or bright red. 

Menstrual bleeding occurs in the beginning of each cycle (which varies between 21 and 35 days), and is accompanied by cramps and lasts for 3 to 7 days. 

To be able to detect whether you are experiencing ovulation spotting, keep track of your cycle days with the MIA app. If your spotting lasts longer than a few days, if it’s heavy or causes additional pain, or if you think you’re pregnant or had an injury, call your doctor. 

Reviewed by Medical expert Lilit Nasibyan, MD

References: 1. The differences between spotting and periods, medicalnewstoday.com, 2. Why Am I Spotting Between Periods?, webmd.com

 

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