Is It Normal To Spot Before Your Period?

The 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.


I had a tubal ligation 18 years ago I've beening feel ugly I had my normal period on December 9 and on December 23 my breast starting getting tender heavy and itchy niples in both breast then feel nausea and some dizziness pain in my lower abdomen then on January 6 I spotted brown then a little blood came but then the next day my period came I hope that's what is it but still breast itch and lower pain is this PMS

worry — Jan 07, 2015
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I'm on birth control for my acne. Is it normal to bleed a day before my period? I always wear a liner to catch the blood. I'm not married or trying to get pregnant. I'm 32 yrs old. I'm a healthy person. I exercise like 5 days a week.

Anonymous — Nov 23, 2014
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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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