3 Reasons why women experience spotting

A woman’s body is resilient while highly complex. It is because of the many intricacies of a female’s anatomy that they are prone to experiencing odd or uncomfortable situations due to natural causes. Often times women experience symptoms that may seem out of the ordinary but not alarming enough to make an appointment to see the doctor or go to the emergency room. One of these instances is when spotting occurs. This article will discuss some reasons as to why women experience spotting. Please note I am not a doctor, midwife or medical professional, and this should not be seen as medical advice


  • The beginning or end of a menstrual cycle. At the beginning or end of a menstrual cycle, some women experience some light spotting. Spotting is any type of vaginal discharge that has blood in it. If it is happening at the beginning or end of your cycle, it is likely to be the consistency of a watery substance and will be very light in flow. The coloring will have a slight red tinge to it. If the problem persists or gets worse, be sure to give your doctor a call.


  • In the middle of one’s menstrual cycle. If you are experiencing a darker discharge color of a slight brown color, medical professionals advise that this is no cause for alarm as your body is simply “cleaning itself out” in between menstrual cycles. If the bleeding or discharge continues for more than a day or two, be sure to contact your healthcare provider for a check up. Also if the odor smells off.


  • Early stages of pregnancy. Usually there is no cause for alarm when spotting occurs while pregnant, especially if it is during the first trimester. Spotting can occur when the sperm fertilizes the egg or even throughout the pregnancy. This is called implantation bleeding and not all women experience this. In fact, about 1 in 4 women will experience implantation bleeding at the beginning of their pregnancy. In addition to spotting, it is not uncommon to feel some cramping as if you were having a normal menstrual cycle. It is important to note that the spotting will usually occur around the time that the woman is due for her normal period and this is a great sign of early pregnancy. Most of the time spotting is not something to worry about but if it persists or if you are worried or feel uncomfortable with the amount of spotting that is taking place, be sure to discuss it with your healthcare provider to better examine the issue. Otherwise, relax and do not worry.

Spotting while pregnant, during, or in between menstrual cycles is completely normal. You could experience this symptom due to a variety of reasons; most of which do not need to alarm you or have you seek medical attention in a prompt manner. However, if you notice that you are bleeding more than just a spot here and there, it is best to get checked by a medical provider so that you can remedy the problem sooner rather than later, especially if you are pregnant.