The mystery behind menstruation is not only for the 5 days of the month when women are bleeding, it all starts much before that at the start of the cycle. There is a premenstrual phase and a postmenstrual phase. Both have their own characteristics and we are going to be conducting a deep dive into pre-menstruation spotting through this article, giving you a clear understanding of why some people spot and how the entire phenomenon sets into motion.
The weird thing about spotting before periods is that if we accept it and understand it, it will come across as completely normal, to a certain extent ( the definition of normal is blurry ). So for example, spotting before periods is not necessarily always worrisome for example if you have started taking birth control, or are at the peak of your pregnancy (spotting can be considered to be totally normal during pregnancy), Dr. Muska says. There is a situation if nothing in your life has changed, could e your habits or your lifestyle, and you start the phenomena of spotting between periods, it’s the time to take a check-in with your doctor, they will be able to conduct a test that will help us analyze why the issue has arisen.
In most cases, it is something that’s pretty harmless which is causing this menstrual cycle irregularity, for example, a benign uterine or cervical polyp that has pushed you to bleed between periods. But spotting before periods is also a common sign of (PID) Pelvic inflammatory disease, this takes place when sexually transmitted germs from infections like chlamydia and gonorrhea start to rapidly spread to reproductive organs, which for example are your uterus, fallopian tubes, and ovaries. Over and above all of this, the pelvic inflammatory disease will cause symptoms of feeling ill like fever, irregular vaginal discharge that stinks, and has a particular color to it.
If you have PID Pelvic inflammatory disease, your doctor will first try to understand the problem and diagnose the STI in question with antibiotics, this is according to the final form of testing, after which they look to treat your partner for an STI if necessary. Pelvic inflammatory disease (PID) is one of the leading causes of chronic (Intense) pelvic pain and infertility in women. Please be rest assured if you suspect that you have it, getting quick treatment is of the essence. This will help save on the situation getting worse.
More rarely and we hope for this not to happen to anyone, spotting before periods in between very rarely as mentioned before, can be a sign of cervical cancer, according to the expert at AIIMS New Delhi. Various strains of human papillomavirus (HPV), which is a sexually transmitted infection, play a major role in being the route cause of most cervical cancer. Please do note that all cases that have HPV do not have cervical cancer, it is a very small scale of .7% of the people having HPV. Symptoms that one must be very aware of cervical cancer will include watery, slimy, bloody discharge that should in most cases have a bad odor and pelvic pain, this paid will be aggravated when having intercourse, according to the expert at AIIMS New Delhi. Even though hopefully and most likely it isn’t your issue, you’ll want to get checked out, just in case. Treatment for cervical cancer may involve a hysterectomy, radiation, or chemotherapy. Which is the case of Cancer, a very rudimentary action to take.
Spotting before periods is a very common phenomena and in 99.3% of the cases it is very normal and your cycle is doing what is best for you. So please don't panic after reading this article, our intent is not that. It is just to bring light to topics we feel are being undervalued in the world of menstruation.