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Let’s get it straight, ladies! All that bleeds from your vagina is not always period blood. Sometimes, it can also be spotting. But being aware instead of being confused, will save you a lot of mental peace, we say!
Spotting at different times in the cycle and particularly before a period starts is a relatively common occurrence. However, this leads to a great deal of confusion among some women about whether or not this is period blood.
Firstly, if you’re experiencing regular spotting, you should get this assessed by your doctor. Because spotting on a regular basis can be a sign of infection, hormonal issues, and even some other serious health problems. Otherwise, introduce yourself to ‘what exactly is spotting’ so that you can better differentiate between spotting and period.
Let us help you a little.
Spotting is defined as any abnormal vaginal bleeding that happens outside your period and is light enough to not need protection (like a pad or tampon or any other period products). Admittedly, that’s a bit of a vague definition because many people may still want to use a pad or liner if they’re spotting. But any sort of bleeding when you’re not on your period is considered spotting.
Light bleeding, right before and after your period, is not spotting. It’s just the start or end of your period.
When HealthShots got in touch with Dr Shallu Kakkar, additional director, obstetrics and gynaecology, Fortis Escorts Hospital, Jaipur, she shared, “Spotting, if happens post sexual contact, then you need to have a gynae checkup for pap smear test as any cervical erosion needs to be checked and treatment is needed accordingly.”
So what’s the difference anyway? Dr Kakkar explains this for you. She says:
Sometimes you might notice spots of vaginal bleeding when you’re not on your periods. Most of the time, this spotting is nothing to worry about. It can be triggered by a variety of factors. Some causes of spotting are:
No, women know when they get their period and how long it will last. Any bleeding outside the cycle is spotting and not period, says Dr Kakkar.