Bleeding or Spotting Between Periods: Should I Worry?

  • What does it mean when you spot a week after your period?
  • Is spotting after period a sign of pregnancy?
  • How long should spotting last after period?
  • What is spotting a sign of?
  • What does mid cycle spotting mean?
  • Is it normal to bleed when not on period?

What does it mean when you spot a week after your period?

Most women experience spotting between their periods at some point. Usually, it’s nothing to worry about. A number of things can cause it to happen. It can be triggered by a variety of factors, from pregnancy to a switch in birth control methods. It’s always a good idea to have your doctor check out any unexpected vaginal bleeding, especially if you’re not sure of the cause.

What is spotting a sign of?

Most common reasons for spotting:
  • Hormone based birth control
  • STI’s like chlamydia
  • Hypothyroidism
  • PCOS, Fibroids or polyps
  • Premenopause

Is spotting after period a sign of pregnancy?

Spotting in between periods can be a sign of pregnancy. If you are pregnant and experience light bleeding, it’s most likely due to the embryo implanting to the uterine wall. Cramping can also occur during this time.

What does mid cycle spotting mean?

According to, in a study of women with regular menstrual cycles, mid-cycle transient spotting was reported by 4.8 percent. This may be due to a rapid decrease in estradiol (form of estrogen), the rise of LH surge, and in the context of the low levels of progesterone at the point in the cycle.

How long should spotting last after period?

Typically, spotting in between periods can last a few hours to a couple days but every woman’s experience is different. If you have prolonged spotting or bleeding, it can be caused by a more serious underlying problem. If you are experiencing this, see your OB/GYN immediately or you can walk-in 24/7 to see one of our GYN specialists.
Is it normal to bleed when not on period?
Any time outside of a woman’s menstrual cycle that uterine bleeding occurs, it is considered abnormal. Examples of Menorrhagia (heavy periods) may include:
  • Bleeding or spotting between menstruation
  • Bleeding or spotting after intercourse
  • Heavy bleeding during your period
  • Menstrual cycles longer than 38 days or shorter than 24 days
  • Irregular periods lasting longer than 7 days
  • Post-menopausal bleeding



Uterine Fibroids are benign tumors that originate in the muscle part of the uterus, the myometrium. They are very common. Many women may develop fibroids but don’t know that they have them. It’s unclear what causes fibroids though it is thought to be related to estrogen levels, certain birth control pills, diet or even genetic factors.


According to the Mayo Clinic, Adenomyosis occurs when the tissue that normally lines the uterus (endometrial tissue) grows into the muscular wall of the uterus. The displaced tissue continues to act normally — thickening, breaking down and bleeding — during each menstrual cycle. An enlarged uterus and painful, heavy periods can result.


Uterine polyps occur when there is an overgrowth of cells in the lining of the uterus (endometrium) which leads to polyps being formed. They are also known as endometrial polyps. These polyps are usually non cancerous (benign).

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