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12 Reasons Not to Ignore Spotting After Period

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Spotting After Period

When the menstrual period is over, most women expect that any vaginal bleeding will stop until the next period. So, you may be worried if you have noticed signs of spotting after your period has ended. Thankfully, noticing some pink or brown spots on your underwear or having light vaginal bleeding a week or more after your period isn’t usually anything to worry about.

Spotting after a period can happen because of using some birth control methods, it could be the first sign of pregnancy (implantation bleeding), or it could be just the normal part of your menstrual cycle when ovulation happens. Even stress has been connected with spotting between periods. Depending on the cause of the spotting, you may also experience vaginal discharge, lower abdominal pain, pelvic discomfort, or cramping.

Because bleeding after your period has ended is classed as “abnormal vaginal bleeding”, doctors at the Mayo Clinic recommend seeing a doctor or gynecologist for a checkup.1 This is because spotting between periods could also be a symptom of a more serious medical condition like ovarian cysts, thyroid disease or cancer in the reproductive organs.


If you are concerned about spotting after your period, please read on to find out what could be causing this abnormal vaginal bleeding.

Spotting or Bleeding Between Periods – What Is It?

Most women have a period approximately every 28 days as part of their menstrual cycle, although periods can start sooner or later from day 21 to day 35.18 Typically a period lasts between 3 and 8 days and tends to be heavier in the first two days.19

Vaginal bleeding between periods is called intermenstrual bleeding (IMB) which describes vaginal bleeding at any time during the menstrual cycle other than during normal menstruation.20 Another name for it is metrorrhagia which refers to vaginal bleeding at irregular intervals, especially between the expected menstrual periods.21

Spotting vs. Bleeding – What Is The Difference?

According to staff from the Mayo Clinic, spotting occurs when you notice small amounts of blood when you are not expecting your period. The spots of blood are often seen after wiping when you have used the bathroom or you may notice them on your underwear.1

Whereas blood flow associated with spotting will generally be very minimal with a lighter color, bleeding, on the other hand, describes a heavier flow, usually with a darker color. Because blood from spotting is generally older than menstrual blood, spotting may be a darker, brown color that looks like rust marks or spots on underwear. Other causes of spotting may cause a lighter, pinkish color.


The pattern of bleeding and spotting is also different. Menstrual bleeding usually starts as very light bleeding or spotting and gradually gets heavier. The American Journal of Epidemiology reported that during the first 3 days women usually experience heavier bleeding. This gradually becomes lighter and the bleeding lasts an average of 5 days.22

Causes of Spotting After Period

Here are the most common causes of light bleeding or spotting after your period has ended.


Light bleeding about one week or two weeks after the end of your period could be due to ovulation. A woman’s menstrual cycle lasts on average 28 days and ovulation occurs about 10 to 14 days after the start of the menstrual period.

The reason for light bleeding when ovulation occurs is explained by Professor of Obstetrics and Gynecology, Dr. Andrew M. Kaunitz from the University of Florida. He says that sudden changes in hormone levels can cause vaginal spotting at the time of ovulation. Women who have irregular periods may also find that they have light bleeding between periods.2

According to the Mayo Clinic, ovulation can also cause an increase in vaginal secretions which become slightly thicker just after ovulation. Around the time of ovulation is the optimal time for a woman to become pregnant.

Implantation bleeding

Implantation bleeding is one of the first signs of pregnancy and can cause brown spotting after your period. This light bleeding is completely natural and is nothing to be concerned about. Along with spotting, the early signs of pregnancy are a white milky or creamy discharge and pelvic cramping, but no period.

Doctors from the Mayo Clinic say that when the fertilized egg attaches itself to the lining of the uterus, some light spotting and cramping can occur. However, not all women experience light bleeding as the first sign of pregnancy.3

The only way of being sure that you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test. Home testing kits are generally quite reliable and a doctor will also carry out a test to confirm if you are pregnant or not.

If you are already pregnant and you notice vaginal bleeding, you should contact your health care professional as soon as possible. Dr. Traci Johnson on WebMD says that although some light bleeding is common during the first trimester, it could also be a sign of a more serious condition like miscarriage or ectopic pregnancy.4

Birth control

If you have started using birth control in the past few months, you could experience some spotting after your period. This is common if you have started taking the contraceptive pill or have had an intrauterine device (IUD) fitted.


According to the University of Colorado, birth control pills can cause spotting or abnormal vaginal bleeding in the first few months of using them. Also, spotting can occur if the estrogen dose is changed or you miss taking the pill at the same time every day. Some spotting may happen in the first few days of having an IUD fitted. Some women continue to have spotting between their periods all the time while they have the IUD fitted.5

If you have heavy vaginal bleeding, severe abdominal or pelvic pain, and/or vaginal discharge that gives off a foul odor (or fishy smell), you should visit your doctor.6


Spotting after your period or light bleeding between periods is common in women who are approaching the menopause. The few years before the menopause are called the perimenopause. You will also notice that your menstrual periods become more irregular because your estrogen levels fluctuate.

Doctors from the American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists say that fluctuations in the levels of the hormones progesterone and estrogen can cause heavy menstrual bleeding and spotting before period. However, between periods you may have more frequent spotting or light, irregular bleeding. If vaginal bleeding lasts longer than normal, they advise speaking to your doctor to have a checkup and to rule out more sinister health conditions.7

To find relief from the stress and anxiety that the menopause can cause, please read my articles on the best natural supplements for coping with the menopause and how essential oils can provide relief from menopausal symptoms.


Pink or brown spotting after your period could be due to physiological or emotional stress. Stress can affect your body in many ways, and play havoc with your monthly cycle. Stress is also one of the causes of thin, light, and watery period.

Dr. Melissa Stöppler on MedicineNet says that stress can interfere with the menstrual cycle and cause irregular periods. She says that stress is one of the most common causes of missed or late menstrual periods.8 The National Health Service in the United Kingdom says that stress also causes spotting or light bleeding after your period has ended.9

There are many natural ways to help you cope with stress better and, therefore, prevent spotting after your periods. For more information on reducing stress, please read my article about various natural remedies for coping with anxiety and stress better.

Stress is also one of the causes of cramps before period.


Ovarian cyst

Ovarian cysts can cause abnormal bleeding and spotting after your period has finished. Cysts can form in the ovaries and develop as part of the menstrual cycle. Usually ovarian cysts don’t cause any problems, however, in some cases, these cysts can become larger and cause pain and bleeding if they rupture.

Professor of Gynecology and Obstetrics at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine, Dr. Irina Burd says that among the symptoms of ovarian cysts are spotting or light bleeding after your period. You may also have pelvic pain, bloating, and pain during bowel movements.10

Many doctors often take a “wait and see” approach to treating ovarian cysts. If they become bothersome, they can be surgically removed. If you are concerned about ovarian cysts, you can find some useful information in my article about the warning signs of ovarian cysts and what to do about them.

Underactive thyroid

Even though it doesn’t seem connected with your reproductive system, one of the signs of an underactive thyroid is spotting a week or more after the end of your period. An underactive thyroid condition is called hypothyroidism where the thyroid doesn’t make enough thyroid hormone to keep your body functioning properly.

Doctors at WebMD say that hypothyroidism can cause tiredness, fatigue, dry skin, and changes in the menstrual cycle.11 Regarding the effect of thyroid disease on abnormal vaginal bleeding, Dr. Millie A Behera on says that hypothyroidism can cause random or frequent bleeding that can be heavy or light.12

Pelvic inflammatory disease

If you notice spotting after your period or even light bleeding, it could be a symptom of pelvic inflammatory disease (PID). The vaginal discharge, lower pelvic pain, and irregular bleeding from the vagina are all caused by a bacterial infection which often results from a sexually transmitted disease.

The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention say that the bacterial infection responsible for bleeding between periods is caused by inflammation and infection in the ovaries, uterus, and/or fallopian tubes. It’s important to seek medical treatment as soon as possible, as pelvic inflammatory disease can cause complications in your reproductive system and even make you infertile if left untreated.13


Cancer of the ovaries, endometrial cancer, and cervical cancer can all cause irregular bleeding after your period has ended. If you have been through the menopause, then it’s good to remember that any kind spotting or vaginal bleeding is considered abnormal and should be checked out by a doctor.

The NHS says that most people with abnormal bleeding don’t have cancer, but because bleeding from the vagina can be a symptom of cancer, you should see a doctor. This means that if you have been through the menopause, any kind of vaginal bleeding is a cause for concern. If you haven’t been through the menopause, then you should see a doctor if your periods are heavier than usual or you have unusual bleeding after your period has ended.14


Uterine fibroids

Sometimes uterine fibroids can cause spotting a week or more after the end of your period. Uterine fibroids are harmless growths that develop in the uterus. Apart from brown spotting, fibroids can cause lower back pain, pelvic discomfort and bladder problems. They may also cause heavier than usual menstrual bleeding.

If you have spotting after your period has ended along with pelvic discomfort and painful periods, doctors at the Mayo Clinic recommend that you visit your doctor.15

To find out more about how to identify if you have uterine fibroids, you can find helpful information in my article about the warning signs of uterine fibroids.

Uterine polyps

Uterine polyps are soft growths attached to the inner wall of the uterus (the endometrium). They are usually noncancerous (benign) but they are known to cause issues with the menstrual periods or even infertility. Uterine polyps are most commonly develop in women who are going through or have completed menopause, although younger women can get them too.

According to doctors from Mayo clinic uterine polyps (endometrial polyps) can causes bleeding between periods as well as affect the duration and frequency of your periods.23

Urethral prolapse

If the muscles that hold your urethra in place become weakened and stretched, you may experience pink spotting after the end of your period. In order to prevent spotting caused by prolapse and strengthen the pelvic muscles, many women have found Kegel exercises to be very helpful.

Spotting or Bleeding One Week After Period

Apart from ovulation spotting which typically occurs around 2 weeks after the start of your period, and implantation bleeding which usually occurs around the timing of your period itself (around 10 to 14 days after ovulation), all the other reasons mentioned above can cause spotting a week or so after your period.

Bleeding or Spotting 2 Weeks After Period

Spotting 2 weeks after your period can be a sign of ovulation, which occurs about 10 to 14 days after the start of the menstrual period and is a result of sudden changes in hormone levels. However using birth control pills or IUD can also cause spotting around the middle of your cycle, especially in the first few months since you have started taking the pill or using IUD. This is because your body is adjusting to this contraceptive method.

While spotting 2 weeks after period can be harmless, some conditions mentioned above can be more serious and can also cause spotting in the middle of your menstrual cycle. Therefore, if you experience other symptoms, such as lower abdominal or pelvic pain, vaginal itching or burning, or pain during intercourse, visit your doctor or gynecologist as soon as possible.

Spotting After Your Period Has Ended – When to See a Doctor

You should see a doctor in any case of unusual or abnormal vaginal bleeding between periods. This can help to put your mind at rest and start treatment as soon as possible in case the spotting is because of a serious condition.

Your doctor may also check you over for other underlying health conditions. For example, irregular menstrual cycles have been linked to an increased risk of developing heart disease16 and type 2 diabetes.17

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74 Responses to 12 Reasons Not to Ignore Spotting After Period

  1. nicoy spencer says:

    I notice my abnormal bleeding after I did a c-section and a tie off 10 years ago. I went to the doctor they ssay it’s caused from infection, but after I took the medication its the same thing.after my period I start seeing spotting like 4 days or a week aafter and it comes with lower back pain and belly cramps. What do you think is the problem?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I can’t know for sure what the problem is because I’m not a doctor and you need further tests to diagnose the issue, but I would definitely not ignore it if it still continues. I would go for a second opinion and ask for further investigation to find the root of the problem. Your doctor may refer you to an ultrasound to see if there are ovarian cysts or polyps, or he/she may have other tests for you to do.

  2. Ellie says:

    I’m 45 and I skip my period and I’m kind of worried I tested twice and it was neg today I saw light blood on my pantie

  3. Sifa says:

    Hello my name is sifa
    I m in period bfr one wee nd aftr wrd their was light bleeding i saw.
    Now i m planning for child.
    Is their any issue

    Plzz suggest me

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Usually there is a need to be some pattern of spotting after period rather than a single occurrence which is not accompanied with other symptoms. If you see that the spotting after period continues, and/or you feel any other symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor for further investigation.

  4. Bonita Paige says:

    I had an abalation 2 years ago but now I spot for 5-6 days after my period.

  5. Jenny Peters says:

    Hello. I’ve been terribly sick for about 5days with terrible vaginal pain. Well I just woke up 30minutes ago to find myself bleeding. My period ended about a week ago and the flow was lighter than usual. Please I’m worried as I’m just 23 and have never experienced this before. I await your response.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Jenny, unfortunately I’m unable to provide a specific advice because I’m not a doctor or a certified health practitioner. You really need to see your doctor who knows your medical history and is able to do the required tests if needed for a proper diagnosis. I apologize I cannot be of any help, but I don’t want to do more harm than good.

  6. Sadi zahi says:

    My age is 25 and i am facing a problem from 2 or 3 years even when i was single.3 or 7 days after my periods dark brown or redish brown blood clots comes out with right side pain and sometimes back dr recomend me altrasound which is fine. Now its been 6 months i am married and not conceiving please tell me any solution.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Unfortunately I’m unable to provide a specific advice as I’m not a doctor.

    • Sherri Tilton says:

      @Sadi Zahi

      There could be many issues associated with your question. However 90% of it is all minor & really nothing to worry about really. I.E. ovulation, an ovarian cyst rupturing ECT, ECT. I know this question is from last yr, but here’s my best response. It takes on average, a normal healthy couple 12 months of active trying, to successfully conceive. Drs usually have couples try for 24 months (2 yrs) before even going down the road, that there is a possibility of a problem & test the fertility levels of both partners. I got with my fiance Nov 2015. We decided a month later Dec 2015, that we both wanted a child. 6 Months had gone by June 2016, & we still hadn’t conceived. A few more months went by. Sept 2016 came (9 months since we had started) & we still weren’t pregnant. So we had decided to give it a rest for abit & not try as hard. Then low & behold, 2 months later (Nov 2016) exactly 1 yr after we got together, we found out we were expecting. Nov 1st 2016. I was 3 wks pregnant that day. Took us 11 months to conceive our daughter who is now 9 months old. Here’s my trick to it. Go out & buy some preseed. (Availiable on then be intimate every 3 days or so. Like once – twice a wk to every other wk. Take it slow & enjoy it. As the more u stress about trying to conceive, the less likely u are going to get pregnant & the longer it will take u. Like I said, once I stopped trying so hard come month 9, & just took things slow & enjoyed every bit of it. Just 2 months later, we finally conceived.

  7. Ty says:

    I’m 23 years and I’ve been facing irregular period since January although I was told it’s due to stress. I had my last period in first week of august which normally lasts for 3 days but till now been the 3rd week I keep seeing drops of brownish blood on my panties and it’s scares me. A friend asked me to use klovinal that it might help but I need a professional advice on it….Thanks

    • Jenny Hills says:

      From what I’ve seen, Klovinal is a drug to treat vaginal yeast infection. The fact that you have spotting doesn’t mean that you have vaginal yeast infection. Vaginal yeast infections usually cause severe itching in and around the genitals, swelling around the vaginal lips (labia), and a type of thick white discharge that is clumpy. Also, urinating and having sexual intercourse will usually be painful because of the inflammation in the vagina. As you can see from the article, there can be many reasons for having spotting, and you need to discuss it with your doctor for a professional diagnosis.

  8. Katrina says:

    I took postinor 2 on the first day of my period Nd normally my period ends within 4days but now it’s the 8th day and am still bleeding but very lightly. should I be worried.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Katrina, I don’t know how postinor works and how the body reacts after taking it. I suggest that you read the product leaflet to get more information about what to expect after taking postinor. If you still have any worries, it’s best to talk to your doctor.

  9. Ella says:

    Hi, I’ve been using a contraceptive pill now for about 6-7 months and it is now that I’m seeing brown spotting and yesterday I saw a very light trace of blood. However, I’m just over a week since my period stopped. I’m not getting any pain in any sorts. So I’m guessing my issue is because, since i started taking the pill for this month, I haven’t been taking it on time but I never missed it. So I guess this is what’s causing those spotting right? But still is it advisable to see the doctor?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Ella, I’m not a doctor so I cannot give a specific advise, but generally speaking usually there is a need to be some pattern of spotting after period rather than a single occurrence which is not accompanied with other symptoms. If you see that the spotting after period continues, and/or you feel any other symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor for further investigation.

  10. Momi says:

    From last 2 mnth I have a problem after 1week of periods I am seeing Brown spotting and bleed doctor advise to take deviry and it stopped bleeding but next month same prblm so I consult doctor and he advise to take an ultrasound but my report of ultrasound was ok no problem is there. doctor advise me to take M2TONE but now again I face same prblm I am scared plz advice me wat to do.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Momi, unfortunately I cannot give specific advice because I’m not a doctor, and the issue of spotting after period requires a consultation with a professional medical practitioner. I know you’ve already visited your doctor, but if the problem continues and you see a pattern that repeats itself (rather than a single occurrence) then perhaps there is a need to see a specialist (in this case gynecologist) rather than your family doctor and take it to a higher level. I don’t think you need to be scared as the fact that your ultrasound was OK is encouraging, but I’m not really familiar with the medication you were given and their effect, so I believe that if the problem continues, the safest option would be to go back to your doctor/gynecologist.

  11. anonymous says:

    I was/have been on my period for about a week (don’t quote me because I cant remember what day it began) and about 2 or 3 days ago my period began to turn brown. I thought it was a normal period, but yesterday it started to smell a bit funny. So I checked and it was the pad with the blood. I took a shower straight away, but it continued to smell. I’m not sure what is wrong, I have been using pads for the past 4 days….I am not really sure what spotting is but when I searched it up, it came up with a similar description to it, but I am not pregnant and it wouldn’t be possible either as I am a virgin.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      The most common reason for brown period blood is that it occurs at the end of your period. Depending on your blood flow, it may slow down at the end of the period so some blood may not being expelled as quickly as usual and is exposed to more oxygen which turns it brown and causes it to have some smell. I suggest that you read my article about Dark or Brown Period Blood: Causes and What to Do About It for more information including when to see a doctor.

  12. Bell says:

    Hi, i’m belle.. I experienced 4 days of spotting adter my period and after my fertility week ends I experience it again what shoud I do or what does it mean?

    • Jenny Hills says:

      Hi Bell, as you’ve seen from the article, there can be many reasons for that. If you see a pattern of spotting between your periods rather than a single occurrence, then you need to visit your doctor to find the reason for that.

  13. queen says:

    hi am queen, 2 days after my period, I had sex and took postinor 2, 5 days after taking the drug I just noticed spotting of brown blood

  14. Amiczy says:

    Hello. I started noticing light bleeding a day after my period and this is the 3rd day of the spotting and am getting really worried.

    • Jenny Hills says:

      I couldn’t understand if the spotting occurred after the period had finished or if it’s part of your period in which you get spotting instead of period which is characterized in heavier flow. In any case, you need to look for a pattern rather than a single occurrence. If it’s only a one-off occurrence and you don’t have any unusual symptoms such as pain, itchiness, irritation or smelly discharge, then I would keep an eye on it. If however it becomes a pattern and the spotting looks like irregular vaginal bleeding, or if you have any other concerns or unusual symptoms, then it’s best to see a doctor for a professional advice.

      • Amiczy says:

        I don’t know if it is part of it, my period last for 4days normally but after the forth day thus time I started seeing blood spotting. Today is the 9th day since my period started and am still seeing the light blood. There’s no pain though, just the blood.

        • Jenny Hills says:

          For your peace of mind I think the best option would be to visit your doctor for a professional consultation.

  15. karen says:

    Hi! IS anyone experience ths? I have period on October 6, and after 4 days it’s finish. then after 2 days i have spotting for 4 days amd light bleeding for 1 week then stop.. then spotting again, and until now i have light bleeding. I have 4 test and it was positive. But I am scared at all.

    • jane says:

      well Im experiencing kinda the same thing i got my usual 7 day period but after a week i got it again i was hell scared (im 14 to be exact) my mom wasnt at home and i freaked out i googled why and it said i may have cancer but it turn out it was cause of my pills luckily so yeah dont worry

  16. Karlee says:

    I’ve been bleeding for 12-13 days now, started my period and never got off , should I be worried ? I’ve never had this happen before. But I also had thyroid cancer an have hypothyroidism

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Karlee, any unusual bleeding is best to be discussed with your doctor. I haven’t heard that thyroid issues affect vaginal bleeding in any way, but to be on the safe side of things it’s best to raise your concerns with your doctor.

  17. Jina says:

    Hi. i have taken 2 shot of depot in last 6 month. And then i stopped and i didn’t have menstruation for 5 months there after. And i had period 9 days ago, and the bleeding was very slight bt after 4 days of menstruation, i am again having bleeding since 3 days. What may be the cause. Is it because of hormonal imbalance or anything else??

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Jina, I don’t know what depot is, and also I’m not a doctor so unfortunately I cannot give specific advice.

      • Jina says:

        Depot means contraceptive.. Depot medroxy progesterone acetate.. I visited doctor and she said that it is the side effect of depot, she prescribed tranostat and estrogen.. bt it didn’t help so again I prescribed me to take overal which is the combination of estrogen and progesterone. And I am continuing it.. thank you for the concern.. 🙂

  18. Monica says:

    Hi I’m 39 years old and for 5 months already I been having a regular period but once my period is done I have this brown dark spotting and it seems to get drier and chocolate like. Every time I pee and I wipe I see it or randomly throughout the day I feel a watery feel and wipe and see the dark chocolate residue. It has been 2 weeks and still have this been happening for 5 months never have I had the brown reside last that long. I mean spotting has always been 4 days after a period is done. But why now is it 2 weeks that I spot after a period is over? Im so confused. Does it mean I’m getting old? Or dying? Please does someone have an answer?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      You are not getting old and you are not dying. Spotting between periods is common for many women, and as you could see from the article has potentially many reasons. When going to the doctor, he/she usually looks for a pattern that repeats itself rather than a single occurrence. If it continues to occur and/or it is accompanied with other symptoms, the doctor may decide to send you for an ultrasound for further investigation. Many women suffer from cyst/fibroid/polyp that can cause it, or it can be something else. Don’t panic. Go to your doctor for a further investigation of the cause.

  19. Hope says:

    Hi I just finished my period a day ago and ive noticed that theres brown stuff in my panties I found it lasy night but when I wiped I saw it again im kinda scared since im 15 and yes im sexually active im just really dang scared this is the first time it happened

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Brown discharge can happen right after your period and is fairly common and usually means that there is old menstrual blood getting cleaned out.

  20. Jamie says:

    Two weeks after my period I spotted for 3 days, stopped and now been spotting two days. My period is due in two days.

  21. Elvira Hernandez says:

    I currently have an iud that last 10 years, I got it after my second child in 2013. My period ended dec.29th,2017 and as of today I’m spotting pinkish brown and have alot of muciousy discharge. should I worry if I’m pregnant with an iud… I’m scared to take a test …

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      IUD has around a 99.7% efficacy rate so the chances to become pregnant with it are very rare. The spotting is likely to be a result of something else (and as you’ve seen from the article, there can be many reasons for that). If the spotting between periods continues and/or you have other symptoms, it’s best to see a doctor.

  22. Madison says:

    On January 1 I had unprotected sex, that same day I took a plan n also a few hours after I took it I started my period and it ended the 6th. A week later, I’m spotting and cramping. What does this mean???

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Madison, as you can see from the article, there can be many reasons for spotting and cramping between periods. As I’m not a doctor, I’m unable to give specific advice and diagnosis. If bleeding between period continues, or you have other symptoms, it’s best to see your doctor.

  23. Bianca says:

    I got my period on Jan. 8th and it ended Jan. 15th, then today I started to bleed. I only bleed when I am sitting or standing up, so when I am laying down nothing comes out. I did get the birth control shot last month, I don’t know if that is the reason why I am bleeding again…

  24. Ann King says:

    Hi I got my period 18th Jan and it was finished on 25th January then day after everytime I went to the toilet and wiped I noticed light brown discharge it was there for 4 days and today I have notice light blood when I wiped myself after going to the toilet. ia m worried does anyone know what this could be thank you

  25. Shaheen says:

    Hi Jenny..I’ve been takinng primolut N for 1month as I was on pilgrimage ..ending it the 9th dec 2017 . Got my menses on the 11 th dec. then again on the 15th of Jan got my menses, on the 26th of Jan got spotting on toilet paper for 2 days. Is this because of primolut N ..I’m 40 …plz help ..kinda worried.

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Shaheen, I’m not familiar with primolut N and pilgrimage and don’t know how they work. I suggest that you consult with your doctor for a professional advice, as I’m not a doctor.

  26. Wendy says:

    Hi my name is Wendy my period started on January 28 and finished on February on February 11&12 am seeing spotting along with pinkish colour of blood. Am very concern.

  27. Garima says:

    Hi i got my period on 29jan-4feb and on 12feb i saw light bleeding altough i got my period were delayed 1week this time. Plz help me why is this happening?

  28. tamara zulu says:

    My period goes upto 3 days…..i expect to be blood free days after the third day..instead i always notice blood on my pants..when i wipe…and after having sex..this goes on contineosly even 5days from the last day of my menses…could there be a problem

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      If it is a recurring issue rather than a single occurrence then I believe it’s best to see your doctor. Your doctor may want to do some tests or an ultrasound scan to try and find out the causes of the bleeding.

  29. Darlene Mungia says:

    Hi. I recently was sick and took antibiotics and I had my period and finished my period five days later. Now three days after I’m bleeding again. I’m wondering if it was the antibiotics that made me start bleeding again. I’m confused because I never bleed after my period.

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Darlene, I’ve read that antibiotics (or at least some of them) decrease the effectiveness of the pill, so due to hormonal changes there can be some spotting/bleeding. I’m not sure what about your specific case though.

    • Aubrey says:

      I’m 23 years old and just had a surgical procedure last Monday. I believe my period started either the next day or the day after (wednesday, I can’t really remember since I was out of it for those two days but I’m certain it was one of those two days). I noticed that my period was a bit lighter this time.(mind you I was bed ridden also for the entire week and I tend to flow more when I’m standing versus when I’m sitting or laying down) Typically, I’ll start with pink spotting and then bleed for about 2 or 3 days, then gradually the blood gets darker, turns brown and then I’m done but my pattern was a bit off this time. I noticed I bled for about 3 or 4 days but the blood never turned brown, then I just stopped bleeding altogether. Then two days ago and the day before, when I went to the restroom, I noticed that there was pink spotting. I’ve yet to see the brown spotting that I normally see at the end of my period which is worrying me a bit. (by this time I wouldn’t see much anyway because I’d be at the end) I’m not sexually active, no chance of being pregnant and I’m not on birth control. One thing I was wondering is if this could be an effect of the medication I was on? I was put on 600 mg of ibuprofen which I was taking daily as well as tylenol(Ibuprofen was taken first thing in the morning and the tylenol was taken at night before bed. Not sure how much the tylenol was as it was being given to me by my mother); both for pain, coupled with an antibiotic which I was and still am taking 3 times a day. I saw that high doses of ibuprofen can be used to delay periods and that antibiotics can sometimes have an affect as well. Could the ibuprofen or antibiotic play a role in this? I know it’s not up to me and sometimes can’t be helped but I’d really not like another problem to add to my list as I have yet another surgery coming up next week.

  30. Sai says:

    Hi my name is sai.
    I’m suffering from continuous bleeding for the last 2 months.
    I have seen the doctor,but she said that due to my over weight I’m getting continuous bleeding ..
    And I have to reduce weight what weight I gained in the last 6 months.
    So I’m on my diet.

    And they said that use the tablet kimson 35mg.

    But now I’m over bleeding….
    In brown colour…
    Plss suggest me what can u do now

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Sai, if the bleeding continues, I would go again to the doctor, or to another doctor to get a second opinion. If the bleeding between periods is a pattern that repeats itself, then you may need to be referred to an ultrasound, but this is something you need to discuss with your doctor.

  31. Lina says:

    I had sex after 2days of my period and took in contraceptive pills but i began to experience bleeding in a week later again
    Does it means I’m pregnant?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Implantation bleeding occurs at about 25% of pregnant women and may occur around 10 to 14 days after ovulation (many women easily mistaken menstrual bleeding for implantation bleeding because the timings can be similar). The timing you describe doesn’t seem to match to implantation bleeding, however the only way of being sure that you are pregnant is by taking a pregnancy test. I suggest that if the bleeding continues, it’s best that you see your doctor.

  32. Ssiw says:


    I normally have regular menses and I have been on birth control pill for almost 4 years now. Somewhere beginning of feb this year i have prolonged taking my pill for about a week due to my surgery. As expected I had my period a few days after my break from the pill. I began with the new set after 7 days. After finishing another 21-day pill set, as usual, I had my period. But something unusual happened. After my period has stopped for about a week, I started noticing pinkish spot after going to the bathroom, I thought it wouldn’t last, but the flow was much heavier the next day. Actually I have never had such heavy flow in my whole life, but the flow this time was really heavy and it lasted for 7 days.. now it’s the 10th day I still notice blood spot now and then.. should I be worried?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      I believe in these cases it’s always good to visit your doctor and not ignore it.

  33. Pak Yu says:

    i have vaginal bleeding for almost 7 days( i think my menstruation started early–as i counted its 22 days cycle only). during the last 3 days of period even after the period, i feel a lower abdominal pain at my left side. i feel it sometimes. now after 2 days of my period, i have spotting….i had sex with my boyfriend 1 day before my period. please help.ythank you.

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Because lower abdominal pain on one side in women has many causes, you shouldn’t ignore pelvic cramping or lower stomach discomfort that doesn’t go away. If the pain and spotting continue, it’s best to see your doctor for a professional check-up.

  34. Lizzy Lupapula says:

    I am a 30 year old lady and have a LOOP inserted since November 2014….I started my ps on 25th March till 31st March. From Saturday 7th April till now I have seen blood spots whenever I wipe after a pee. Should I be worried.

  35. jackie says:

    i finished my period 2nd of april (it was normal 6 day cycle) and now since yesterday when i go to the toilet theres a pinky colour….which if i start my period it normally starts a darker brown colour.
    other thing that makes me nervous i had my 2nd baby 7 months ago and ended up bk in hospital 2 weeks after with a bleed on my cervix turned owt there was placentre trapped in there went for scan and there was still 3 pieces inbedde…had quick vaginal surgery to remove this (suction) failed thow only got 1 piece so they sent me home and said it will come away naturally 12 weeks after giveing birth i lost a big piece of it with what seemed to be part of the cord rang hospital they dint wanna no told me to bin it never herd anything else from hospital didnt even get told results from last scan i had to measure what was in there

    would you think the pinky colour 11 days after my normal period is anything to do we that or am i being silly.

    sorry for s.a

  36. Rina says:

    Hello I am rina. My periods are going too long and I am suffering from high pain in my back. Tell me the reason

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Rina, I cannot diagnose specific problems of people over the internet as I’m not a doctor and don’t know your medical history. How long do you have this problem? Has it started recently or is it going on for a long time? There can be several reasons for what you feel, such as endometriosis, ovarian cysts, fibroid, pelvic congestion syndrome, but you need to see your doctor or gynecologist for a proper diagnosis and a treatment plan.

  37. Amanda says:

    Hello im Amanda i started my period the 12th of April which came 7 days early it started normal but than the 13th it got really heavy and i started to pass clots the size of my palm about 7 of them in 2 day (called doctor they didnt seem conserned) well i stopped bleeding on the 20th had sex for the first time since the 9th on the 25th and the next day the 26th i started spotting thought it was due the sex but it didnt stop it has basically turned in another period and im still bleeding as of this moment and its just seems to get worse i called the doctor again yesterday the 27th and cant get seen until the the 2nd.
    What could be wrong with me im freaking out because me and my husband were trying for baby #3 and just seems like it wont happen now

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Hi Amanda, I can understand your concerns, however you are going to see your doctor very soon so don’t panic and wait until the consultation. There’s no point to assume all sorts of things without having any basis for this. It will just stress you out unnecessarily.

  38. esmeilyn says:

    My period ended on April 6 and then April 30 started again till may 4 then on may 5 I started having short light periods (I’m not pregnant I’m only 13 and I haven’t had a boyfriend) and I kept having short periods and today’s date is may 10th and it still keeps going!

    Whats going on?

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      Irregular periods are common especially for the few years after a girl first starts getting her period. I also read that it’s normal that the number of days a girl has her period vary. Read this information (click HERE) to get an idea about this subject and when you should be worried and go to the doctor.

      • esme says:

        I just read the article and I haven’t had irregular periods. The symptoms don’t coincide. What I have had is blood stains on my panties and when I clean my part (on the toilet) there is little blood on the paper

  39. Becca says:

    I am 38 years old. I started my last period two weeks ago and yesterday noticed some light pinkish on the toilet paper after I wiped. And today I noticed some spots in my underwear and I put a panty liner on and I have noticed just very light bleeding on it. I am not experiencing any pain. I am sexually active and my bf and I do not use birth control. So could it be I am ovulating. And if so is the bleeding a sign of ovulation is almost done or just beginning. Or am I just old and starting menopause…

    • Jenny Hills, Medical Writer and Researcher says:

      At the age of 38 you are probably not starting to menopause (most women reach menopause between the ages of 45 and 55). Ovulation bleeding shouldn’t last long, around 1-3 days. Sometimes if you have experienced spotting for a longer period, it might be caused by something else like a cyst for example. It’s good to see if it’s a single occurrence or a pattern that repeats itself and whether it comes at the same time in the middle of the cycle. If bleeding between periods continues, it’s best to see your doctor to make sure everything if fine.

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