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Spotting vs Period: Know the Difference

Brenda Albano

August 6, 2019

Spotting or Period? How Do You Know

Natural Health Affiliate ProgramIs it spotting or period is a very common question we get. Wondering if your pink or red blood is spotting or period? First, let’s define “spotting”. Spotting is when a bit of blood is passed through the vagina. Normally, it doesn’t reach the underwear but rather is swiped with toilet paper after a bowel movement or urination.

The blood can be pink-tinged mucus, rusty brown, or bright red. Spotting can be a one-time occurrence or it can last for several hours or even several days.

Contrary to popular belief, spotting does NOT define the first day of menstruation. The first day of menstruation should always be considered the first day of actual bleeding.

Spotting often does come before a period, but it is NOT your period until you are on your first real day of bleeding.

Are YOU spotting NOW? Don’t run around the web wondering about spotting. Contact us and let us help you more personally with answers about spotting. This allows others to learn from your questions as well. Let’s figure out why YOU are spotting.

NOTE: Your questions may be listed on our site, but your information is under Reasons for Spotting Answers. If related to pregnancy or cycles without birth control pills involved or under Reasons For Spotting Birth Control for that topic (Please do not comment on this page if for birth control spotting questions). Questions are answered more quickly when related to pregnancy and are generally answered on a “first come, first served” basis for trying to conceive or birth control questions. Follow and visit us on our Beyond Fertility Facebook Page.

Find out all of your reasons for spotting answers on our most popular page since our beginning: Reasons for Spotting.

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