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:
- Implantation bleeding (the embryo implanting into the lining of the uterus)
- Uterine fibroids, polyps, or growths
- Thyroid disorders
- Blood clotting disorders
- Some medications
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.
- Burning or pain during sex
- Vaginal itching, redness, or discharge
- Abdominal pain
- Pain or burning during urination
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