Is It Normal To Spot Before Your Period?

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Spotting Before periodThe answer to this question is both "yes" and "no."

If you tend to spot right before getting your period, you are not alone.  Doctors say that as long as your spotting occurs after 10 or more days of elevated temperatures, you shouldn’t worry. 

However, if this isn’t the case, you may want to check in with your doctor.  When you visit, he/she will first want to rule out any thyroid issues, fibroids, endometriosis, or endometrial polyps.  All of these conditions can wreak havoc with your cycle and also impact your ability to get pregnant.

If the spotting doesn’t seem to be because of any of the medical reasons above, your doctor will probably talk to you about the luteal phase of your cycle.

Your luteal phase is counted from the day after ovulation until the first day of your period. It is also often referred to as DPO (days past ovulation).  Your luteal phase generally stays consistent in length but can vary for a handful of reasons including illness, medication, heavy exercise and extreme stress.

Typically when a woman spots for more than a few days right before their period, a shortened luteal phase is to blame. For a healthy pregnancy doctors like the luteal phase to be between 12-16 days in length.  Doctors also agree that most of the time, a luteal phase that is less than 9 days long becomes problematic in terms of being able to get pregnant.

This is because in order for an egg to have the opportunity to implant itself into the uterus, the uterine lining has to be primed and ready.  And, for the uterus to be fertility friendly, the body has to have enough time produce progesterone to support a pregnancy before the capillaries of the uterine lining start to shed (menstruation).  When spotting occurs, it is often a sign that the uterine wall has started to shed before the ovaries were able to successfully produce the needed amounts of progesterone. Sadly, when this happens, it is often hard to get pregnant.

The good thing here is that your doctor has many options at his/her fingertips to help lengthen your luteal phase.  Among those include products such as FertilAid, progesterone cream, HCG injections to stimulate the ovaries and/or drugs such as Clomid.

So if your cycle seems normal and you find that you are spotting before your period, doctors say not to worry about it………. unless of course you have been trying unsuccessfully to become pregnant for a long time.

However, if you think your luteal phase may be on the shorter end, you will want to check with your doctor about your TTC (trying to conceive) treatment options.

Comments

Hi..i need your help..i am due for my periods on 23rd july but i started to get red strokes in my discargei from 20th july.it is not as regular periods.we are planning for a family now.
I cant understand what kind of spotting is this?

Anonymous — Jul 21, 2014
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Hi..i need your help..i am due for my periods on 23rd july but i started to get red strokes in my discargei from 20th july.it is not as regular periods.we are planning for a family now.
I cant understand what kind of spotting is this?

Anonymous — Jul 21, 2014
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Since Sunday I have had a very light brown vaginal discharge it is really heavy it's just like my normal discharge but with a slight brown tint! I am concerned as to what it is. I don't think it could be implantation bleeding. I had my last period on the 17th April and my cycle is usually about 41 days! I did have sex last Tuesday but it was protected and he never ejaculated in me! so I don't see how I could be pregnant! It is roughly nearly 4 weeks ago since my last period so I'm not sure whether it is just spotting! I'm really worried incase there is something wrong or there is a possible way that I could be pregnant!

Anonymous — May 13, 2014
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first of all i appreciate the doctor for taking the effort to share an article on a very good topic., I am sure most of the women have faced this problem of spotting before your periods but they are ashamed of asking the same to doctor.

los angeles movers — Apr 16, 2014
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Hi, I need help because I have no on to talk to and this is happening to me for the first time. I do not have irregular periods but any time im about to.do my period I get a brownish slimy thing in my pants for about a week before my normal flow. I was to have my flow on 8th March but before then, I was seeing this brownish thing and then I had sex but a day.after sex I was.still.seeing it. On the day of my period it didn't show, I rather ovulated and I am 11 days late calculating from the 8th of march. I am very worried because now, I spot blood and do not know why I ovulated late in the first place and why my period decayed and why I'm spotting blood. Please help because it is causing sleepless nights.

Anonymous — Mar 18, 2014
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Hi, I need help because I have no on to talk to and this is happening to me for the first time. I do not have irregular periods but any time im about to.do my period I get a brownish slimy thing in my pants for about a week before my normal flow. I was to have my flow on 8th March but before then, I was seeing this brownish thing and then I had sex but a day.after sex I was.still.seeing it. On the day of my period it didn't show, I rather ovulated and I am 11 days late calculating from the 8th of march. I am very worried because now, I spot blood and do not know why I ovulated late in the first place and why my period decayed and why I'm spotting blood. Please help because it is causing sleepless nights.

Anonymous — Mar 18, 2014
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Hi,
I am kind of getting worried here. I was suppose to have my period on the 7th March but i had a light pink spotting. Then on the 8th i started my period which lasted till the 11th. I am just alittle confused about what is going on with my body. Also a week before the starting of my period i go to bed well rested and wake up tired. I though maybe it was because i am about to start my period but i am still feeling tired and sleepy and i am no longer on my period. Someone please explain to me what is going on.

annalaw — Mar 14, 2014
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Hi last moth i have been spotting before my period for about 3 days this month i am spotting again i am on my 4th day. I am on no birth control and always use condoms. I am a heavy drinker for the last 3 months. is this spotting normal. I am 23

Anonymous — Nov 30, 2013
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I usually have 1 red dot exactly a week before my period starts, followed the next day by dark pinkish to redish smear first thing in the morning after I pee. Usually the rest of that day my discharge is light beige. The following days leading up to my period include dark brown with red streaks or just dark brown discharge. Does my luteal phase end with the first red spot I notice, or does my luteal phase end when my real period starts?

Anonymous — Oct 09, 2013
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I disagree here! I have 5 kids and have always had a 31 day or so cycle with an 11 day luteal phase. I often spot sometimes a week before my period actually starts!
Once you have a fertilised egg it releases hormones to stop the shedding of your uterus before it arrives. This can mean you will still possibly see some bleeding from a light period (apart from the implantation bleed).
Don't be alarmed by the scientific nature of some medical opinions / facts. We are all different and will conceive differently too!

Anonymous — Aug 30, 2011
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