Spotting vs. Period (Differences between Symptoms and Signs) Center

Menstruation (a female's "period") occurs due to the shedding of the lining of the uterus. Menstrual bleeding lasts about three to five days, and the bleeding is heavy the first couple of days and then it lessens. Spotting is vaginal bleeding between periods. There are a variety of causes of spotting between periods, for example:

Symptoms that it is your period are heaving bleeding, fatigue, headaches, mood swings, bloating, cramps, and weight gain.

If you have spotting and any of these symptoms they may be because of a medical condition, and your doctor or other health-care professional should be consulted.

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Medically Reviewed by a Doctor on 10/2/2017