What is the difference between spotting and menstruation? The main difference is the amount of blood that the vagina discharges. Spotting usually consists of light bleeding and, typically, occurs at a time when a woman’s period is not expected. Menstruation, however, is marked by a steady flow of blood that lasts anywhere from 3 to 7 days. So, what causes spotting? FastMed Urgent Care has the answer!
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Spotting Can Be Scary. Period.
About 10% of menstruating women regularly spot at the time of ovulation due to a temporary drop in estrogen at the time the ovary releases an egg.
- Pregnancy. About 6 to 12 days after conception, the embryo implants into the uterine wall and often causes spotting (also known as implantation bleeding). While spotting is common during the first few months of pregnancy, if you notice more than just a few spots of blood in your underwear, you should immediately speak with a medical professional.
- Birth control pills. If you have just started taking birth control pills, recently switched birth control pills, or have missed your usual time of taking the pill, light spotting may occur between your periods for 2 to 3 months.
- STDs (sexually transmitted diseases). Certain STDs like gonorrhea or trichomoniasis can cause spotting, especially after intercourse.
- Uterine Fibroids. These growths develop in the uterus and affect 3 out of every 4 women. Luckily, uterine fibroids, though uncomfortable, rarely turn into cancer.
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