Many women experience spotting before their period or at times out of their regular menstrual period. The severity of the spotting can range from a few pink or brown spots on underwear to heavier vaginal bleeding. Some of the most common causes of bleeding before period are ovulation, implantation bleeding, certain contraception methods, an irregular period, or even stress. Sometimes the spotting can occur even a week before your period and can be accompanied with cramping , pelvic discomfort, nausea, or vaginal discharge. This is important because some of the more serious causes of spotting between periods are thyroid disease , ovarian cysts, or cancer.
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Abnormal uterine bleeding is any heavy or unusual bleeding from the uterus through your vagina. It can occur at any time during your monthly cycle, including during your normal menstrual period. Vaginal bleeding between periods is one symptom of abnormal uterine bleeding. Having extremely heavy bleeding during your period can also be considered abnormal uterine bleeding.
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Menorrhagia is menstrual bleeding that lasts more than 7 days. It can also be bleeding that is very heavy. How do you know if you have heavy bleeding? If you need to change your tampon or pad after less than 2 hours or you pass clots the size of a quarter or larger, that is heavy bleeding.
Last Updated: May 5, References. This article was medically reviewed by Lacy Windham, MD. There are 15 references cited in this article, which can be found at the bottom of the page. This article has been viewed 69, times.