On a regular basis, the menstruation period spans between three up to five days in most women. Nevertheless, there are times when you might notice spotting or bleeding even past your menstruation period or even in the middle phase of the menstruation cycle. Always bear in mind that every menstruation period is an important end as well as the start of a new reproductive cycle.

Spotting after period can make some women worried since they think that there might be something wrong with their body. Spotting after period or abnormal spotting following the complete menstrual cycle simply indicates that the uterus is still pushing out a stream of old blood out from the body, which was not eliminated during the normal menstrual cycle. In normal cases, the spotting after period is relatively mild and can be detected when a woman wipes or cleans. The color of the discharged blood might be mild red or even dark brown in rare cases. If you will consult doctors, they will inform you that if the spotting after period discontinues after one day or two, there is no need to worry. Nevertheless, if a woman experiences the spotting after period after the end of each menstrual cycle, it is best to consult your doctor immediately.

Why is there spotting after period?

The common cause of spotting after period, which typically occurs after a week after the end of the menstrual period and brownish color, might be due to the fact that the uterus was unable to completely eliminate the menstrual tissue throughout the menstrual period. As a result, it expels it a week or two after the menstruation period has ended. If this will not occur on a monthly basis and with minimal blood flow, it is not an issue to worry about. Nevertheless, if it occurs regularly and there is excessive bleeding, it is best to see your doctor. There are also other causes of spotting after period. It might be due to hormonal changes that take place within the woman’s body, which might be due to different reasons such as sexual intimacy. Stress and anxiety is also another reason for spotting after period as well as the intake of certain medications or drugs that can result to certain side effects which is evident through spotting during the menstrual period. A number of health conditions can also cause spotting after period such as diabetes, cancer and thyroid problems. Another cause of spotting after period would be the start of taking oral contraceptives or instantly stopped the intake. Young girls usually experience spotting after period since their menstruation period is not yet fully established. Lastly, the presence of uterine fibroids can result to spotting in between periods or after. Even though it is harmless, it should be removed immediately if they start to grow in size.

There are cases when it is time to seek medical intervention and women should not hesitate to go to their doctor. First, there is bright red spotting after the end of the menstrual period. Next, there is mild or extreme pelvic pain during the time of spotting. Third, there is spotting after engaging in unprotected intercourse and lastly, there is spotting during the ovulation period.

There are also diagnostic tests that can help detect if there is abnormal vaginal spotting. The pelvic ultrasound is the initial test carried out on women who are complaining of spotting after period. With the help of this diagnostic procedure, the doctor will verify the existence of cervical polyps. The pregnancy tests are also done to rule out possible pregnancy. A Pap smear test is performed to determine the development of cervical cancer while the blood test is done to detect the level of progesterone in the body. Other tests conducted are the thyroid and the liver tests.

The treatment and remedies given for spotting after period is usually decided the moment the main cause of the condition is detected or diagnosed. If the woman is diagnosed with a diminished level of progesterone, progesterone supplements will be provided. However, it the progesterone medications given were unable to deal with the condition, hysterectomy might be carried out. If there is the development of cysts or polyps, she is required to undergo surgical treatment to completely eliminate them. In case infection is the cause of spotting after period, antibiotics will be administered. If it is due to a miscarriage, a surgical procedure known as dilation and curettage will be carried out.

In case spotting after period does not occur on a regular basis, it might be due to stress or other involved factors. Of course, it is best to minimize stress levels since it can affect the entire body, including the regular menstrual cycle. Just make sure that once you notice signs such as bright red spotting, mild up to extreme pelvic pain or spotting after intercourse, it is best immediately consult with your doctor.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=100003407914875 Hailey

    premenstrual abdominal pain is more likley to be in the uterus and abdomen. From my experience, it’s usually dull pain while constipation cramps is more sharp pain and only in the abdomenReferences :

  • pama lama

    i also had like brown bleeding i had my period on 21 and stoped on 27 may,again on 2 june evining i had brown bleeding same like period i have to put pad for 5 day. May i know why this happened. And in the the month of june i had broen sporting on 19 june before my period starts and now i having period from 24 of june. Can anyone know.

  • mika

    hello im 18 im not sexually active but my period was 3 days late and lasted 8 days when it is normally 5-6 days and after my period stopped I have been spotting but its not red blood its a light pink I don’t know whats wrong please help me

    • Anonymous


  • http://hi qqyin

    i am only 20 years old and i do not involve in any intercourse before. These two months i have been spotting after periods ended for few days. Spotting lasts for many days or weeks. What should i do? These two months i might be busy preparing for exam and my sleeping time has changed entirely which is sleeping in the morning instead of at night. I also do not take any pills. What is wrong with me? I worry about any cancer existence. Please reply me asap. thank you.

    • Emily carter

      Do you get this at the end of all your periods?
      I ask because I experience this now for the last two months,I have this for 5 days after my period than it goes.x

  • Kim

    I had unprotected sex after my period but I took a morning after pill, it’s a week and couple days after my period and I’m spotting it mild belly pain.. Could it be that I’m pregnant?

  • sherry

    i had my period September the 24 it ended on the 29 now its the second4 of October 4 still light red blood spotting and a little when i wipe could i wipe. pregnant

  • april

    I was a week late for my period, and it came the next. I spot 2 to 3 days after my ending cycle and I was okay, but now its been a week and I’m spotting for more than 3 days. Is it because I was late, and its taking out old blood or is something wrong?

  • England

    Before I moved with my grandparents a year ago, my period only lasted 3 days. I always had P.E at school everyday and I ate just how a teenager would eat. I don’t recall my period ever being a “normal” cycle but it did occur every month. When I moved, my period lasted for a week. A day after I stopped my period, I started to spot for weeks, and right after I stopped spotting I had this clear-mucus for more than one week. I learned hot to naturally shorten my period by drinking more water, but I haven’t succeeded to shorten or stop the spotting or mucus. This has happened for more than just one cycle. My cycle now lasts between 3-4 days. And, again, this is now after I moved. I have told the doctor about it, but they all say that it is normal. Whether I should call it a discharge or not, I’m not sure. I have done research and I have thought that perhaps I have some serious problem. I know it can’t be an infection because I don’t itch nor I am red. I really need help and some answers. Can somebody PLEASE tell me something.

    • selina

      It looks like your having cervical mucus which is completely normal. It’s basically the best type of mucus to concieve a baby. Look it up on Google but your mucus changes regularly throughout each cycle.

    • chris

      Hi it’s sounds like the discharged is similar to what you get when you are sexly active or aroused.
      a lubricant just around the time ovulating it a week som women get a lot or a little everyone is different.

  • Anonymous

    I’ve been sexually active, had brown bleeding for three days before my period, had a light period and am still spotting a few days after my period was supposed to end. Just started back on birth control and also took morning after pill. Is my period so irregular because of stress and my birth control or something else?

  • Emma

    This is the first time I have had spotting after my period. I came down with a nasty cold during the last couple days of my period. I have been taking day/nyquil, not sleeping well, and being a teacher while sick and on my period has caused a lot of stress. Therefore, could all these factors have something to do with the spotting?


  • kaylee

    Hey, I’m 21 and my period just ended. However, for the first time, I’m spotting and have been all day. It’s bright red and my breast are still a little swollen. (They usually go back to normal size on the fifth day). My period always last for for 6 days. Should I be concerned?

  • eva

    hi good morning im not sexually active.i had my mentration last march 22 until now i have blood spotting

  • Lash

    I have been experiencing this for a while. A week after my menses has ended i get a bit of pain in my lower abdomen and i just feel a watery discharge leavibg my body sonetimes am able to push it out and i am able to see a bloat of redness i assume is blood but its mixed with mucous. Went to the doctor she says itz irregular menses but i dont think so :(

  • lee

    My periods last between 4-5 days depending on the month, my period will stop & then a few hrs later I start bleeding again. Is this still my period finishing or is it spotting?

  • Ellie

    hey I had unprotected sex two days after my menstrual ended and according to my calender two weeks after I was fertile and same thing happened. however I have been experiencing spotting for two days a week after my menstrual and again it is happening this week.

  • glorious

    Am 25 and married Last month my period came heavily with clot and lasted four days then spot for five days I consulted a doc and I wz recommended for ultrasound and clothing profile which after I wz given proluton depot injection for three days and it stopped, this month my period waz normal,no clothing and noting and wz not heavy lasted 4days but four days later I started sporting again bright red blood,though am on malaria and typhod drugs wat could ave be the cause

  • cathy

    Im 20 years old i was 4 days late for my period. It only lasted 2 days and know 6 days later im having some pinkish spoting should i be worried?

  • Emily carter

    Hi I am 22 and 4 months ago had my 3rd baby,my first period after having my baby lasted 2 weeks leaving me low in iron,however my next two periods have lasted 5 days in total than I get stringy discharge tinged with blood/pink for 5 days than it stops
    Can anyone relate please?